…and more and more demos are getting sent to us using Soundcloud secret links. It’s taking off so fast, I keep on wondering why it took so long for a service like this to exist. Which is, I suppose, exactly why it’s so successful: a whole lot of people wanted it, even if they didn’t realize it.
If you work in radio, music, or broadcasting of any sort, it’s probably time to take a look at this.
“SoundCloud […] is the combination of all experiences into a well-thought out application that is easy and accessible to everybody. At SoundCloud, you have full control of the whole chain, it’s where you make the connections, where you can induce your audience, tell your story, a testing platform to see how a particular music style will work among fans (it is also the greatest focus group platform), you can sell your music, connect to social media [and]…now, you can even record!”—
Vanchy, yesterday’s SoundClouder of the Day, told us these nice words this morning! If you missed Vanchy, check out his track “Reflections On Ten Years Of Travel” below!
How long have you been blogging, and what made you start? I started blogging in 2007. I started Pasta Primavera as a means to share what I was listening to with friends who had moved out of state. I never expected other people to start reading the blog, but eventually they did…and that still feels a little crazy cool to this day.
What genres does the site tend to cover? Have you always covered this type of music? I generally tend to listen to a blog about indie rock, electronic pop, new wave, hip hop, garage, punk, etc.
How do you find the music you blog about and what makes you pick something to post? The music I blog about comes to me in visions mostly, but in the conscious world I tend to pick up on music from friends, emails, and, of course, other blogs. Some of my favorites being The Road Goes Ever On., Salad Fork, Flashlight Tag, No Modest Bear, All Everyone United, Stadiums And Shrines, Head Underwater, Smoke Don’t Smoke, Bmore Musically Informed, Weekly Tape Deck, and Gorilla Vs. Bear.
When did you start using SoundCloud, and how has it helped you curate the music you post about? I started using SoundCloud about a year and half ago mainly so I could have an easy way to put up streaming music that artists didn’t want available for download yet. Since then, the dropbox feature has been a great way to get new music from all over. I’ve also really started getting into following other SoundCloud members (paired with the Raindrop App - its pretty awesome). That’s a great way to keep up on certain artists, labels, and PR companies.
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? Most blogs, including Pasta Primavera, are just run by one person (sometimes more), and most of these people are either in school or have a day job. We’re just regular folks…who happen to get between 150-300 emails a day. It can be a bit overwhelming. The emails from bands that truly get the most attention from me are the ones that are the simplest and most direct. They usually go something along the likes of “Hey my names Joe Cool. I’m in the band Cooler than Cool from Cooltown, USA. We play something along the lines of rock music. We’ve just released an EP and you can stream and download it on our bandcamp page http://coolerthancool.bandcamp.com or SoundCloud page http://soundcloud.com/coolerthancool . If you want to know a little more about the band check out our bio on our myspace page: http://myspace.com/coolerthancoolband . If you have any other questions please hit me back. Thanks! Sincerely, Joe Cool”
Those types of emails almost always get a click and a listen from me. I don’t need to be sold on it, so there’s no need for a sales pitch. Just make the music available quickly and easily.
What are some songs that you’re currently playing non-stop?
Any last words? Last words???? Oh noes!! Doc how long do I have???? No seriously, I just like to say that ever since I started Pasta Primavera its been such a rewarding experience - mainly because of all the seriously talented community of people (musicians, artists, bloggers, labels) that I have become a part of. Its inspiring and more importantly its loads of fun.
Do you have a track you want to send over to Laurent? Submit it to his dropbox below!
“SoundCloud introduced a new feature on their iPhone app; the Record button. Artists can easily interact with fans and other artists with the click of an obvious button in their app. SoundCloud widgets capture the recordings in real time. As bands and artists post sound or music recordings, fans can comment on the social stream or right on the widget itself. SoundCloud provides bands with new creative tools. They make compelling suggestions for using the Record button, too; including interviewing your own fans in short spurts, asking fans to fill in claps, or just inviting fans to be part of your new track. I’ll totally clap for you, so let me know if you try it.”—Digital Music And Music Tech Roundup: Follow-Ups, The Cost Of Spotify, SoundCloud Record Button, Ontario Vs. Ticketmaster: Culture/Entertainment: SFAppeal
How long have you been blogging, and what made you start? I started Hot Biscuits back in June of 2007. At the time it was just myself posting about “awesome electro bangers” that one might find on the “top 10” Electro House chart (*sigh). That’s kind of what made me start, I wanted to share the stuff I was into. Shortly thereafter I got more into the music that Palms Out Sounds, Discobelle and Big Stereo were posting, which influenced what I was posting.
What genres does the site tend to cover? Have you always covered this type of music? In the early days of the Biscuit, it was the cheesy big room Electro. I quickly moved on to the appropriately dubbed “Blog House”, some Indie and a little local Hip-Hop. Now whatever we post is under the umbrella of Electronica; no Indie or Hip-Hop really.
Through the years I’ve brought on a handful of writers to cover different genres with the goal of simply reaching more people. Mike was one of the first additional writers and he has since “quit the blog game”, Alex now runs the www.thealexchapman.com blog, Justin DJs and produces as Brookah and writes for www.squeegiesounds.com, Chris is 1/2 of Cold Blank and label head of Burn The Fire, Mike (1/2 of the now disbanded Black Holes) plays with the Chicago band The Dirty Diamonds, and Kyle, who still posts his own Palette mix series, DJs and produces as Kid Color.
How do you find the music you blog about and what makes you pick something to post? Aside from the DropBox, I do a lot of random searches on SoundCloud and Hype Machine. Actually, I’ll search a genre or a word and just see what comes up. Sometimes I’ll catch myself listening to a song over and over again on my phone or iTunes, so I make sure it’s not a brand new release or something that will piss someone else off if I posted it and proceed accordingly. Markus, the only other active writer, gets a lot of good stuff through his LOL Boys project connections, he’s seemed to make a lot of good friends through that, as his posts are always on point.
When did you start using SoundCloud, and how has it helped you curate the music you post about? SoundCloud is currently the only way to submit music, the email address that we used for the past several years is still alive, but I don’t really look at it anymore. I only use that to keep in touch with PR people that I’ve found common interests with over the years.
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? Like I said, SoundCloud is our only means of submitting music. However, based on all the years of receiving emails, I’d probably recommend using the “Bcc:” feature and veer away from the “follow up” email. I always liked replying to emails and giving people my honest opinion, good or bad, but it’s just not possible to reply to every submission.
What are some songs that you’re currently playing non-stop?
It varies quite a bit, but at the moment it’s been:
Any last words? Just that we’re into the development process of our redesign, which should be up for the big “Best of 2010” post, and that Markus and I are in the works of starting a digital label. Also, a quick thank you to SoundCloud for the opportunity to share some Biscuit history!
Do you have a track you want to send over to Kyle? Submit it to his dropbox below!