It's totally possible to claim your Spotify for Artists profile prior to your first ever release with a given artist name. In order to make sure you have enough time to claim your profile, make sure to upload your music at least four weeks in advance of the release date.
Once you have uploaded your music to DistroKid and you can see that it has been successfully sent off to services, we will need to locate your Spotify Artist URI. Great news! DistroKid has a tool for that!
DistroKid's Spotify Looker Upper Tool
To check which Spotify Artist Profile your release will be mapped to on release day prior to your release date, you can simply request your URIs via DistroKid's Spotify URI Looker Upper Tool!
Spotify URI Looker-Upper: https://distrokid.com/uri/spotify
When you are on the Spotify URI looker-upper, select your release from the drop down menu. I only have one release on this account so it has already been selected. Note that if you are not seeing a release, it's possible that we may not have delivered it to Spotify quite yet, please check back tomorrow!
After you have selected your release, go ahead and click on the "What's the Spotify URI" button. If your release has already been ingested by Spotify, you should see your album, track, and artist URIs
If you have multiple artists on your release you are trying to claim profiles for, not to worry! All artist profiles and their roles will be listed under the "Artist:" section. Check it out!
If your release hasn't been ingested by Spotify yet, you will likely come across this screen:
Not to worry! It generally takes a day or so for Spotify to ingest releases. Your URI information will be available in the next day or so!
If this is the case, check back in the next few days. Spotify will have likely ingested your release and it will be available for URI request on this page.