“I genuinely owe the majority of this year’s inspiration and productivity to SoundCloud, and everyone I’ve contacted herein, even the guy who said my stuff sounded gay. I adore them all. Delirium Trimmings itself is about triumphing over a creative block, thanks to the openness of listeners, something you can never put to high a price on. There is nothing like being set free to be yourself.”—
We just got this message from today’s SoundClouder Of The Day, Solo Goodspeed, and we would like to say that we never get tired of reading things like that.
As an extension of our SoundClouder Of The Day feature, today we’re starting to zoom in on cities with an abundance of talented and unique SoundClouders in a new weekly community series called SoundCloud Local. With SoundCloud Local, our aim is to showcase SoundCloud users from a city around the planet and encourage them to embrace each other’s talent, and love for audio creativity!
Friday November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day! If you’re going to a firework display we want to hear the sounds! Whether it be the crackling of a bonfire, the whizz of a firework or the “ooohs” and “ahhhs’ of the crowd watching them. Record it and upload it to the Guy Fawkes Day group drop box. Team SoundCloud will be picking the most interesting, bizarre, original, fun, humorous (you get the idea), and awarding them with a 6 month lite account.
And if you’re not from the U.K, you’re probably not aware of this “celebration”. Well back in 1605 on 4th November a group of English Catholics tried to blow up the House of Lords with the primary attempt to kill King James, a protestant, who was there attending the State Opening. This was called the Gunpowder Plot.
Unfortunately for Fawkes he got caught with the explosives and was tortured and executed. He became synonymous with this act of treason, so now every year on November 5th people all over the U.K make effigies of Guy Fawkes, put them on a bonfire and have a firework display! How lovely huh? Sparklers and partying in a muddy field or back garden is also often involved!
The majestic SoundCloud deemed me worthy of being their SoundClouder of the Day yesterday which is really nice of them. They said: “Pop troubadour Luke Leighfield is our Soundclouder Of The Day. If there’s such a thing as DIY pop, this is it.”
If you don’t know about SoundCloud, their tagline is “We Move Music” and that’s essentially what they do. If you’re a musician, label owner, or just someone who likes to find out about new music then you should probably sign up. My SoundCloud page is here for your perusal.
FYI, they posted about me on their Twitter here and also on their Facebook here (screenshot below, I’m not sure why Borja was hatin’ on me.)
How long have you been blogging, and what made you start? We got started in mid-2007. At first, the blog was just a complement to the party here in Budapest we kicked off at the same time. It was a fun side-project and easy to run since gathering and listening to a wide variety of music was something Cigi and I were doing already. Eventually it became just as much a project as the party itself, and every bit as fun.
What genres does the site tend to cover? Have you always covered this type of music? We post across a variety of genres, however tend to concentrate on danceable indie or ‘smart electro’ type stuff. We definitely have an ear for sounds with an underlying pop appeal as well as an affinity for retro, 80s era synth-heavy tunes. Although most tracks we post reflect that interest, our history determines the remainder. Cigi grew up in the 90s in Hungary and was influenced a lot by punk and hardcore (Refused, Nirvana), which carries through today as he’ll often spread the love on experimental-lo-fi stuff. Whereas I grew up in california in the 80s and will always have a soft spot for new wave faggy dance music a la Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, etc., so stuff that reminds me of that now I’ll often post.
How do you find the music you blog about and what makes you pick something to post? This has evolved over the years. At first it was largely just trolling through our old back-catalogs of stuff — over time many new avenues to find music opened up. Obviously other blogs, aggregators, MySpace (formerly); now other tools including Twitter, Facebook, and SounCloud we use a lot. In parallel, as we acquired more readers and met more artists through the party, the direct submissions became a huge source. Currently the process is an amalgam of hitting upon all these different channels.
How we pick something to post — in short: it’s either something that strikes us as either new and fresh and compelling, or something known and familiar, yet still excellently-crafted.
When did you start using SoundCloud, and how has it helped you curate the music you post about? We started using Soundcloud in 2009, initially just as a way for people to submit their tracks to us. Now as more and more artists are consistently using it, we find that by following them it’s a lot easier to track the songs which we want to listen to. The notification system has become a large part of how we discover new edits. At the same time we’re using the embeds quite frequently so it makes the publishing side easier as well. We’re also making the occasional mix and use soundcloud to publish and post those to the blog.
If someone’s interested in sending you some music to review, how do you prefer getting submissions? What are some “Do” and “Don’t”s for people to keep in mind? Emails are still effective, however there are some simple rules, with more dont’s than do’s. Don’t send out to a huge email list with everyone in the TO or CC field. Don’t attach the track to an email, rather send a link to where i can play the track. Don’t send some massive preset PR-made promo material. Don’t write over and over again. Do send a short and polite personal note. Do include a few short sentences about your act especially if new.
What are some songs that you’re currently playing non-stop?
“I am just glad I found SoundCloud. It has exceeded my expectations in every way and I truly believe that it has made it easier for our fans and would be fans to digest our music even easier. There is really not even a close second out there that can match what you guys have done and versatility of the player.”—
Yesterday’s SoundClouder Of The Day Reklein from Atlanta had something nice to say about SoundCloud.
How long have you been blogging, and what made you start? I’ve been blogging since late 2007. Around that time the music blog was exploding as a source of music exposure and hype; I was an avid reader of blogs like Palms Out Sounds, Missingtoof, IHeartComix and Discodust but wasn’t into everything they posted. So I started my own blog, searching for and writing about new music that I liked. I also interviewed up-and-coming DJs and producers that I admire, such as DJ Neoteric, Designer Drugs, Streetlife DJs, Malente and Andy George. I also use the blog to promote my t-shirt label, events and DJ slots.
What genres does the site tend to cover? Have you always covered this type of music? To begin with I featured a lot of electro and house, before touching on the fidget house genre. Recently though, I’ve mostly posted about re-edits and remixes of classic house and disco tracks along with the odd mixtape or two. When I started writing about music, the blog scene was fresh and exciting: and so was the music. Recently though, I feel that there hasn’t been anything to top that period, in both the electronic and indie music scenes. I’ve found myself becoming a bit nostalgic, re-visiting house and disco tracks that I missed at the time of their release as I was too young to appreciate them.
How do you find the music you blog about and what makes you pick something to post? I get sent promos and original productions everyday via the blog and I listen to everything. However I find I prefer searching for material by listening to other people’s remixes, edits and mixtapes on sites like Soundcloud and Mixcloud. I try and post music I find refreshing and different. When I hear a track in a mix I try and track down a copy for both a post and to add to my music collection.
When did you start using SoundCloud, and how has it helped you curate the music you post about? I signed up for beta testing before its official launch and have been using it ever since, mainly to host my own edits and mixtapes, as well as using the dropbox feature to allow people to share music they’d like featured on the blog with me. I hadn’t really used it to its full potential until recently, as I was still posting download links for mp3s. I’ve now switched and incorporated a SoundCloud player in my posts, so readers can access the music immediately rather than being diverted to a melee of pop-up advertising just to download one track.
If someone’s interested in sending you some music to review, how do you prefer getting submissions? What are some “Do” and “Don’t”s for people to keep in mind? -Do send your music as a link to preview and listen to straight away. It’s easier to flick through and get a taste for the track and avoids waiting to download it first. -Do your research. Often people just send me music or add my blog email to a mailing list without looking into what I post about. There’s no point sending to everyone who’s listed on Hypem.com It’s worth the extra effort to single out potential blogs who will like your material. -Do personalise your emails to blogs. One sure way of being immediately excluded from consideration on the blog is to put the email address’s of everyone you’re emailing in the ‘to’ field. It’s a kind of underwritten rule that blogs like posting about stuff that no one else has written about. So writing a group email and including a list of everyone else you’ve sent this ‘exclusive’ track to isn’t going to do you any favours. -Do check that the links in your email work. There’s nothing worse than having to send a second email with an apology for the last email having broken download/ website links.
What are some songs that you’re currently playing non-stop?
“Last week SoundCloud picked me as SoundClouder of the Day (Twitter #SCOTD). What a fun flurry of musical feedback and love! I recently set up a new profile on SoundCloud and am finding it to be the most interactive, real-people-driven music sharing site around. Seriously, people actually use it — they comment on your songs, they share songs with you, it’s great. You should get in on the fun.”—
This week we’re talking with Kelsey from Analog Giant about using SoundCloud to find some amazing, obscure remixes, engaging in the community and tips for submitting your tracks to the blog via SoundCloud. (Hint: know your audience)
How long have you been blogging, and what made you start? I started blogging about music on December 14, 2005. My wife suggested that I focus my free time on music and away from video games, which was probably not a bad idea. I was living in Montpelier, Vermont at the time, but since then I’m moved to Chicago. Over the last, I brought on my friend E to write for the site and cover music in Seattle.
What genres does the site tend to cover? Have you always covered this type of music? Our focus is on hip hop and electronic. Sometimes our direction can lean one way or another, depending on what we’re listening to, but hip hop and dance has always been our thing. The last few months, we’ve been really into disco, French house, ambient, dub and instrumental hip hop.
How do you find the music you blog about and what makes you pick something to post? Artists and promoters are always sending us music, and some leads come from other music blogs or through listening to amazing radio shows like Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, but more and more we are using Soundcloud to find and explore the best new music. And now it seems like Soundcloud is the only way to even find some of the best, most obscure remixes—there’s the whole community there. We’re not musicians—really, we have, like, absolutely zero musical ability—so we don’t pretend to be experts. We just have one rule: if we like it, post it.
When did you start using SoundCloud, and how has it helped you curate the music you post about? We started heavily using SoundCloud at the beginning of this year. If we found an artist we wanted to post about or we thought they had a cool sound going on, we’d start following them and maybe check out some of their favorite artists. This is going to sound like a commercial or something, but seriously…now that we’ve built up a big network of our favorites in the scene, we can watch our dashboard feed and see all of the tracks our friends are commenting on or adding to their favorites and be right on top of the best new songs, remixes, and edits within just a few hours of their release. We try to leave positive feedback on the tracks that standout and post all the good stuff we find—that way, the we can return the favor to our followers and they can see what we think is the best.
If someone’s interested in sending you some music to review, how do you prefer getting submissions? What are some “Do” and “Don’t”s for people to keep in mind? Head over to Analog Giant and listen to the kind of music we’re into. If your music fits our style, send us a Soundcloud link in an email or hit up our DropBox. We try to listen to everything that comes our way, but that said…you might have the best black metal band on the planet but we’re not your audience. We keep it legal: we’ll only post stuff directly from the artist, promo company, or label.
What are some songs that you’re currently playing non-stop?
Our friends at EMI Sweden reached out last week to tell us about new signing Carl Norén. We’re stoked to see they’re making good use of our artwork players and the RootMusic app over on Carl’s Facebook page. Good look guys!