I've written in the past about making Spotify work for independent artists and labels. It’s difficult to do, but it’s becoming more necessary every year, as music streaming continues growing in popularity at the expense of music sales.
As more people choose to stream rather than buy, it becomes easier to ignore who actually releases the music — and thus, who profits from it. Directing that streaming revenue toward independent artists and labels becomes more important than ever.
Dave's Lounge is dedicated to promoting music from independent artists and labels. With that in mind, I've created a series of Spotify playlists full of indie artists I've played on the Dave's Lounge podcast. Stream these playlists, or add these tracks to your own playlists, and help support great indie downtempo music.
- Best of Dave's Lounge (The original playlist, with 10 years of tunes)
- The Beat Side of Downtempo
- The Lounge Side of Downtempo
- Dave's Lounge 2008 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2009 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2010 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2011 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2012 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2013 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2014 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2015 Yearbook
- Dave's Lounge 2016 Music Selections
That 2016 playlist will be updated throughout the year as more songs that appear on the show are released on Spotify.
If there's enough demand, I'll add playlists to other streaming services in the future. Let me know which services you'd like to see supported in the comments below.