“In Soundcloud promo news, my track “llpod” was originally selected by Brendon Moeller as a demo for Wave Music after he discovered it on my Soundcloud site. This track has since been released on 12” and digitally on Wave Music, been remixed by Benjamin Brunn (Workshop, Outtolunch, BineMusic), and has been just licensed to a compilation on Lastrum Corporation out of Japan. Thanks Soundcloud!”—
m50, a SoundCloud Pro Plus user just sent us this via email.
“Other than that, you guys are a God Send for our Elegance show and tour, we are amazed at the traffic we are getting on this site and the world wide exposure our little show is getting on sound cloud. It has been worth every penny we spent on our membership. We see a long time relationship with Sound Cloud in the future. We have been talking you guys up on the web cast and the tour. Great Ideal Great Site. Keep it up.”—
Aeroplane; the remixers du jour and one of the most blogged and talked about acts in recent times, have been putting the finishing touches on their eagerly anticipated debut LP set for release in september through Eskimo recordings. Here’s the first single, to be released on 28th of june.Go check out Aeroplane!
NextAid's Bids Build Hope online auction is live and SoundCloud has donated some premium accounts for the cause! Support amazing programs for youth by bidding on an incredible catalogue of items that reflect NextAid’s “strong foundation within the dance community and commitment to sustainable and green living.” Sounds awesome…not to mention, the great prices! We like the Ableton Live 8 Box here (valued at $549) and the 3-hour Brooklyn pizza tour with DJ Nickodemus here (value: Priceless!), but our favorite is definitely the Richie Hawtin Gear Package! Famed DJ and SoundCloud’s most followed user, Richie Hawtin has donated an unbelievable gear package that includes, among other things, a Rimowa Topas Cabin Trolley, 2 Native Instruments Audio 8 DJ interfaces, and a Native Instruments Maschine. Take a look:
The auction closes on Monday, May 31st during MOVEMENT: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival, where NextAid will host their benefit party Face the Music. The auction and benefit event are raising awareness and funds for NextAid’s current projects: the Kawangware Vision Center in Kenya, and the goGogetters program in South Africa.
Want to bid on a SoundCloud account at a killer deal? Check it out:
Are you an unsigned artist between 16-25 years old? Keen to work with great producers? Would you jump at the chance to record your music for free?
EMI and the Roundhouse have teamed up once again for 30/30 in 2010. Every day this September, they’re offering 30 artists/bands one free day of recording time in the EMI Studio at the Roundhouse. If you’ve got a track ready to record, then they’ll provide you with a top producer and you’ll walk away with a professional recording. You’ll also have the chance to put your questions to a panel of EMI experts, so by the end of the month you’ll have your finished tune and an insight into the music industry. To go submit your track through the SoundCloud dropbox and all the info please click here
Morgan Page & DJ Deals in conjunction with Nettwerk Music Group have teamed up to present you with the official Fight For You Remix Contest. Empowering fans with the complete set of “Fight For You” stems, Morgan Page and Nettwerk is looking for the best fan-sourced “Fight For You” remix on the web. Find complete contest details here and get started now!
The Un-Convention Factory brought together about 300 people to discuss and debate working as an independent musician and record, design and distribute an album in a day. The concept of the album was to record Iggy Pop’s The Idiot with 8 bands, including Reverend Soundsystem, The Whip, I Am Kloot, New Education and The Virginmarys and my highlight Gallops, all contributing tracks and to the discussions. Plus we were all treated to a live show from the bands playing in the evening along with an impromptu performance from Har Mar Superstar.
SoundCloud was part of the digital space where we were there to show artists how they could use SoundCloud as a promotional tool to help move their music and share with friends and fans. It was not just artists but blogs, teachers, to start up university labels coming along to learn how they could make the most out of SoundCloud. It was a productive day all round.
Un-Convention are currently running conferences around the world so check up on their website to see if they are running anything nearby where you’re based. Until then, here are the tracks recorded at the event…..
Right now, SoundCloud’s Berlin office is home to two interns from San Francisco. While we’re here in Berlin, where the best techno parties in the world happen every night, we still miss good ol’ Kontrol, the infamous monthly techno night at The Endup. Good thing we have resident DJ Alland Byallo’s mixes on SoundCloud to cure our homesickness. It’s like we’re practically back in SF! Now I just have to figure out a way to get El Farolito Burritos delivered to Kreuzberg…
Check out his latest mix, recorded live on May 1, 2010 at Kontrol, here:
A SoundCloud Success Story: Till Krüger on 200 Records
For some, this is a dream. But for others, this is reality. I recently spoke to Dirk Middeldorf of Zweihundert Records about how he and his partner in crime Kai Sasse discovered and signed Till Krüger.
Can you tell us a little bit about 200 Records? You guys are sort of the “new kids” in Köln, right?
Ehm, well, we started in the beginning of 2009 but both me and Kai are in our 30’s ;) But this is our first “music project”. We are best friends. We’ve heard a lot of music and went to a lot of parties together. Finally, we had the idea to create something new together, a record label. Something for new artists and music we like. This is our way of giving back to what we’ve got from 15 years of techno.
Can you describe the 200 sound (if that already exists)? Is it safe to say you guys
have something similar to the “Kompakt Sound”?
Maybe there is a 200 sound . We don’t know. We don’t have a concept and we don’t want to have one. We do minimal, house, pop and now with Till, we will release our first Detroit Techno record. We don’t say that we like everything, but we want to add many different colours to the 200 spectrum. No, we don’t have the Kompakt Sound, and in my opinion, there is no Kompakt sound. Kompakt is our distributor, we buy our records there and we like them, that’s all! We do deep techno music for the club.
I heard there’s a 200 klub as well! Can you tell me more?
It’s Kai’s passion to make techno parties and I like it too - I’m a resident DJ there. After our first release, the legendary Studio 672 asked us if we want to do a party there. The party was full and amazing, so we started to do this once a month - we’ve had 12 parties by now. The Studio is also the club the Kompakt guys did their 400 Total Confusion parties. After they finished there, no one managed to give Studio their flair back or new identity. Now, our club party is the place to be in Köln. We have had great parties with after parties—live sets by Robert Babicz. At the end of May, we will close our first season with Till Krüger’s release party and André Kraml, as well as a second floor!
So, we heard back in January that you signed Till Krüger via SoundCloud! Was it a love at first listen?
Yes, absolutely. He asked us, if we liked Wrong Shirt. I called Kai immediately and said, "please listen to that fantastic track!". He loved it as well. Afterwards, Till sent us 12 more tracks. We selected four, Till reworked them and did one new track for us, "Wumme". In february he visited us. Till is all around a kind and decent guy. He then burnt down our club with a stunning DJ set! (Here’s the set:
I am sure everyone is very curious: do you actually listen to every single promo in your dropbox?
No. We only listen to tracks, which are obviously sent to us - 5% I think. We don’t listen to shotgun promos “privately” shared to hundreds of people. Till did it the right way: he engaged in our label, asked himself, if this is the right label for his music and sent his demo only to a handful people. We get so many promos that has nothing to do with us. And some people send hundreds of promos and wonder why no one answers …
How does a smaller label, like 200, do A&R? What was it like before SoundCloud? How do you think you will use SoundCloud in the future?
We don’t do planned A&R. We listen to music, talk about it and maybe we have an idea. We listen to demos, sometimes we get recommendations. The guys who did our first record we met on a party. For the second, we asked Sarah Goldfarb, if he wants to do a record for us. The third record was a recommendation, the fifth was a demo, for the sixth we asked Henson for tracks … it just happens.
Check out Till Kruger’s debut on 200, Wrong Shirt, out 31st of May on 200!
Ministry of Sound is giving you the opportunity to take a track from their extensive archives, drop the bass and cause some nasty damage. The track they want you to update is the underground grime anthem SLK – Hype Hype. You can both stream the track and download the acapella for your mix here.
Don’t worry if you shatter your speakers in the process, the best mix will be rewarded with an Oxygen 25 USB MIDI controller keyboard and a set of Studiophile CX8 monitor speakers courtesy of our pals at dv247.com and a Soundcloud Pro Plus account for you to upload and share your future productions and mixes, with the total prize worth over £1000! Plus three runners up will win a Soundcloud Lite account and a copy of the album!
Need some inspiration? Check out the album minimix also in the player featuring tracks from Caspa, Benga, Joker, Skream & Burial!
What you waiting for! Download the Accapella now for FREE and work your magic! Go to the drop box to send over your winning entries before 6 June 2010. Good luck!