From Spotify’s editorial and algorithmic playlists:
“In some cases, commercial considerations may influence our recommendations.”
So how do you compete with payola? Don’t play the game.
Link to your own Bandcamp. Share your own playlists. Work with other artists to create compelling art that your fans will devour.
Right now Spotify is for the masses. Easy to consume. It’s a never ending buffet, and while your music is on the menu, you’ll never make enough to buy groceries for the week.