We blog about a lot of new tunes or remixes being posted on SoundCloud, but starting this week we’re going to be talking about some of the websites and blogs that are using SoundCloud to help bring you some of the best new music out there.
This week, we’re talking with Tetsuo from nutriot.com about music, the web, and how he finds the latest and greatest tunes!
How long have you been blogging, and what made you start? I started the blog about three years ago. The idea to start some music-related website goes back much further, but blogging wasn’t always my first choice. After years of procrastinating I had enough of just making plans without taking action, so a blog seemed to be the most instant way to start. At the time I was active on many forums and some of my favourites ceased to exist. So the blog became the new place where I would post the things I came across.
What genres does the site tend to cover? Have you always covered this type of music? It’s mostly electronic music, at the moment I feature a hybrid of dubstep and house, but also music inspired by the LA beats scene around Flying Lotus. When I started, I covered broken beat and Detroit techno and I still do so every now and then. A bit of jazz, a bit of soul - whatever I’m into at the moment. I’d rather stop writing, than focus on just one thing.
How do you find the music you blog about and what makes you pick something to post? There are so many ways to find new music, it really differs. When I have the time, I simply listen to Benji B or Gilles Peterson on the radio. I’ve always been a mixtape guy, so podcasts are a great way to discover new music. But of course I also read other blogs, follow artists on SoundCloud and Twitter, and I’m still subscribed to newsletters. I guess Twitter has made a huge impact in the last few years, many of the artists I like are posting on a daily basis.
Picking is always the hardest part. Over the years, the amount of music in my inbox increased dramatically. Sometimes it’s easy to filter the interesting stuff, but I often find myself in the situation that I’d like to feature something and I simply don’t have the time for it.
When did you start using SoundCloud, and how has it helped you curate the music you post about? I met Eric and Alex some years back and they told me about the site when it was still at an early stage. Eventually they invited me to the beta. I loved the concept of the site from day one, as I was fed up with those flashing MySpace profiles. Still, I was pretty surprised how quickly it became the de facto standard for artists to display their music.
I have come to prefer embedding SoundCloud players over hosting the files myself. That way I don’t have to worry about uploads, get a nice looking player and the artist gets involved as well. I understand that blogs want to reach a wide audience with exclusive content or downloads, but I often feel that one important point is missed: the music and the artist behind it. SoundCloud enables its listeners to give direct feedback and the artist gets an idea of who is listening.
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? If I can instantly listen to the music - be it through SoundCloud, Bandcamp or Fairtilizer - it’s always the preferred way, especially if it’s an artist I’m not familiar with. It helps me to decide quickly if I want to listen to something more thoroughly at home or on my iPod. There is so much unheard music in my Downloads folder and it’s a tragedy: some musician will think what an arrogant bloke I might be, and I probably missed some great music. What I really don’t like are one-click hosters, they can be annoying with all their pop-ups and countdowns. Though there are exceptions.
What are some songs that you’re currently playing non-stop?
Only To Fall (Snippet) by greymatter Graham sent me this track by email, but when I first listened to it, I didn’t remember that. Then when the vocals came in, I was blown away by its beauty and I had to look to see what it was. For fans Joy Orbison and James Blake!
hi, I'm thinking of paying for a premium account. I have already some tracks uploaded which have nice stats and comments. will the *timed* comments be kept as well? what if the new version is shorter/longer than the original?
Hey there, thanks for dropping us a message and for considering to upgrade your account.
All your comments will be available on any account you choose to upgrade to and try to keep the same length of your track. A couple of seconds more or less on the new version are ok.
“This has come off sounding a little like a press release. It’s not meant to. They’re not paying me or anything. I just thought it was time to shine some light on a music service that has picked up an enormous number of users, without attracting much - yet - in the way of media hype.”—
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