Mixcloud teams up with DJcity UK & Speakerbox for a DJ competition

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Mixcloud teamed up with DJcity UK and Speakerbox to offer UK DJs the chance to take a step further in their career by winning an opening set at a 2013 Speakerbox event.

SPEAKERBOX was established in 2009 by BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s MISTAJAM to help champion the hottest up and coming DJ, producer and vocalist talent alongside more established names. Since then SPEAKERBOX has grown to become one of the most exciting multi-genre live brands out there. Future confirmed Speakerbox plans include Europe wide shows, more UK Festival stages (WE R FSTVL, BOARDMASTERS and CREAMFIELDS 2013 have already been announced with more to follow), a national UK tour and a few more unique London Warehouse events. Coupled with releases from DECiBEL, MAJESTIC and LIAM BAILEY; the future is looking bright and busy for SPEAKERBOX.

DJcity is the industry provider of music to the professional DJ community.

The competition will run alongside “UK DJ Linkup”, a networking event for DJs to discuss music trends & new technology, swap gigs, and come up with new ideas and opportunities. You must RSVP at www.djcity.co.uk/djlinkup to receive your invitation for the event.

 

Prize

The prize is a billed set on a future Speakerbox event (details to be confirmed at a later date).

 

How to enter

You can mix any genre of music. Entrants will be judged on factors including (but not limited to) originality, creativity, numbers of plays and favourites, positive feedback, and technical ability. Mixes must gain over 100 plays to be considered for the shortlist.

  • Deadline: 10 April 2013
  • Record your 20 minute entry and add the tracklist
  • Title it ‘DJ Linkup Speakerbox Competition’
  • Tag it with ‘Speakerbox Competition’
  • Use the artwork provided here for your mix
  • Competition open to UK residents only.

 

* We will not tolerate spammy behavior on the Mixcloud platform. Please do not post comments asking people to listen to your entry if you haven’t listened to other people’s entries. Please refrain from favoriting other entries to gain attention.

Mixcloud Partners with SpeakerBox and DJcity.co.uk to unite UK's leading DJs

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The “UK DJ Linkup” is a networking event organized by DJcity UK.  It was created with the goal of bringing together DJs from different parts of the UK to connect. Most DJs are aware of each other through social media but busy schedules often prevent them from building.

DJs attend the linkup to discuss music trends & new technology, swap gigs, and come up with new ideas and opportunities.

 

To be notified of the date, time and location please RSVP here.

Date & location will be announced directly to attendees.

 

Note: this is an exclusive limited access event, registration does not guarantee entry.

Mixcloud Xmas Bash featuring Tim Westwood

 

Join friends from the music, tech and radio industries for a night of entertaining conversation and beats.

The event will kick off with an exclusive interview and Q&A with the renowned radio presenter and DJ, Tim Westwood, to discuss his career in radio – past, present and future.

We’ll then get the party started with a DJ set by Westwood himself with warm-up courtesy of Chris Read (BBE / WhoSampled) and The Mixcloud DJ Team.

To guarantee entry RSVP here & don’t forget to include your question for Westwood.

See you there!

Mixcloud Team

Mixcloud Co-founder Mat Clayton speaks at f8 London

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Facebook yesterday held an f8 developer conference in London, with speakers digging into the Open Graph API to explain how app developers can take advantage.

The guys at .net magazine have written a thorough review of the event. Here’s what they had to say about the talk from our very own Mat Clayton about the Mixcloud integration with Facebook.

The final third of the afternoon kicked off with a talk from Mat Clayton from music service Mixcloud about their Open Graph launch. Integrating social features into the app resulted in a 55 per cent drop in bounce rate and a big increase in dwell time, he explained, while using the Facepile social plug-in increased signup conversion by 200-300 per cent.

Click here for the full review.

Glade and Gottwood…

So the update’s are a little late, but we thought we’d share our love and some pictures for two electronic dance festivals we hit up/collaborated with in June and July.

Back in June we hit  the venerable Glade where Global Communication, Adam Beyer Trentemøller, and Sub Focus melted our minds…Big up to the Glade organizers who left people talking about it for weeks.

Peep a couple of pictures courtesy of Danny Perez:

 

In July, we also hit up the young and upcoming electronic dance festival Gottwood in North Wales which is  set in a small grove of woods amongst surrounded by empty fields next to a secluded beach amongst some of the most Majestic scenery ever! Check out these pictures of our little adventure to Gottwood, courtesy of DJH. Good times! Good festival!

 

Enjoy. See you next year!

Mixcloud Welcomes Radio Magnetic

We’re very excited to announce that Radio Magnetic, the UK’s longest running independent radio station, will be moving all their content to Mixcloud. Since the outset they have been devoted to foregrounding the underground with a mix of specialist shows, guest features, label features, mixes, interviews, and even some “off the wall comedy”. 

Their Live Circuit sessions capture exclusive performances from the world’s biggest acts at Festivals in the UK and across Europe, they’ve featured big label showcases and hosted guest mixes and club sessions featuring a who’s who of of the underground music world.

In keeping with their forward thinking ethos, Radio Magnetic’s parent company Inner Ear have been collaborating with Mixcloud and will be moving their content over to the platform. They have dug into their archives to bring best exclusive live recordings and DJ sets, bringing a diverse array of content for all to enjoy.

We had a quick chat with Dougal Perman, founder of Radio Magnetic ahead of the 10th anniversary celebration.

For those who haven’t cottoned on to the phenomenon yet, could you sum up Radio Magnetic in a sentence or two?

Alternative, underground, independent music you love, or will soon love. A mixture of cutting edge and classic sounds from a large extended family of specialist presenters – who are all DJs, producers, musicians, label managers, promoters and crate digging geeks.

How did it come about, and what was the initial ethos of the station?

My good friend Tom Lousada and I had worked together in student radio and wanted to do something similar, but the radio market in Scotland wasn’t very inspiring.

The ethos started out as quite alternative then went pretty deep underground. We were tired of mainstream radio playlists, which didn’t seem to offer much choice for listeners. Student, community and pirate radio provided some great music and speech shows, but mainstream BBC and commercial radio was, on the whole, unrepresentative of a large subculture – i.e. the kinds of people we met going clubbing in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, London and other cities, who are probably a lot of the people we connect with on Mixcloud now.

Did you come across any obstacles along the way?

Our development path was littered with obstacles in terms of high streaming bandwidth costs and technology issues of all kinds but we always seemed to find a way around them. We made a lot of good connections. The streaming and hosting company we used for many years actually got in touch after we inadvertently sent them an email virus!

What are your future plans with Radio Magnetic?

We want to keep developing our specialist shows. We’ve got a host of current programmes that we’re really proud of by the likes of Scottish new music champion Jim Gellatly, internationally acclaimed rock band Mogwai, Toddla T’s good mate MC Serocee, UK Bhangra beats mashup men Tigerstyle and more.

We continue to enjoy strong relationships with the labels we love, such as Warp, Ninja Tune, Big Dada, !K7 and so on. We’re working with Chemikal Underground on some exciting ideas for creating a new style of music TV for the web, which will also generate a series of unique live recordings. We’re also looking to revamp the site, with one of the main new additions being the total integration of the Mixcloud player for all our shows.

What is it you like about Mixcloud that has lead to this partnership?

I think Mixcloud is a very exciting social media platform for a number of reasons. Whereas services such as Soundcloud and Audioboo are great in their own right, they are not intended for radio shows, DJ mixes or podcasts, whereas the Mixcloud player is excellent for those things. Features like the easily searchable playlists and time stamping make it easy to enjoy listening.

For media and music industry people, like us, the fact Mixcloud has such a comprehensive copyright royalty payment system is a massive bonus. But one of the best things is the community of really enthusiastic music fans. The more we get into the community, the more we’ll get out of Mixcloud, I think.

How do you envisage the future of radio?

On demand, downloadable or streamed entertainment media is great, but there’s still a place for live radio, always will be, for that connection people feel with the presenter who plays the right tune for them at just the right time, or discusses the issue they care about most.

I think podcast radio shows will continue to be popular and important. The best podcasts provide true individuality through the personality of the presenters, speciality of the selections and exclusivity of the sessions, and Mixcloud enables all of that to thrive, which is one of the reasons why radio will always be wonderful and continue to delight, enthral and inspire listeners.

What can we expect from this Friday’s party?

An eclectic mashup of everything that Radio Magnetic stands for from station manager Andy McColgan and I, a deep electronic dub step, electro, techno offering from Davie Kelly and a very big, heavily percussive but anthemicly melodic electronic hip hop live set from S-Type, who has an EP coming out on LuckyMe later this year. All that and the Mixcloud crew too. Can’t wait!

Check out our man in action here -

…and of course, do come along to the Radio Magnetic 10th Birthday party we’re hosting at the Big Chill House on Friday- check out event details here – its FREE!

History of Hip Hop "Vignette" Video

Mixcloud’s first History of Hip Hop party at the Big Chill House back in February certainly set the standard for our monthly residency, and now that we have a slick video of the night you can relive the fun and memories (or, if you weren’t there, pretend that you were…)

The club was absolutely packed out with some of the finest deejays, beautiful Mixcloud fans and agile break-dancers, all united by a love of real Hip Hop. Have a watch of the video to see footage of the mayhem, and hear Mixcloud co-founder Nikhil Shah and ‘playboy about town’ DJ Vadim, amongst others, talk about the night’s concept and success, and their mutual passion for Hip Hop.

Looking set to follow in the History of Hip Hop’s grand footsteps is our next All School Flavor bank-holiday extravaganza with Laid Back Radio at Big Chill House on the 28th May.

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Big Chill Presents… Mixcloud and Laid Back Radio – All School Flavor (28th May)

We’re really happy to announce the next edition of our monthly night at the Big Chill House on the 28th of May. This time we invited our friends over at Laid Back Radio to celebrate the release of their All School Flavor vol. 1 Compilationhttp://ldbk.eu/compilation

Kick-starting at 5pm, this immense 12-hour party starts on Big Chill House’s roof-top sun terrace, where a BBQ and cocktail bar will be open until 10pm.

After which, the party moves inside the newly refurbished venue, where Laid Back and Mixcloud have assembled a musically interesting yet party starting line-up:

LeFtO (Brownswood Rec. / Blue Note / BE)

Simbad (Brownswood Rec. / UK / FR)

Kutmah (BrainFeeder / UK)

Eric Lau (BTS Radio / UK)

Paul Pre (Mixtape King / DE)

+ Laid back DJ’s Flow State (Trust In Dust), Wafflez & WaxDr. Kwest ft. JoBee (Live), Title (Live), Fatoosan, Mr. Critical and DJ Azer.

LeftO:

Recently named Best radio show on Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Awards and having just released the ‘Worldwide Family Vol.1′ compilation on Brownswood with fellow Worldwide Family member Simbad, Lefto has been touring the world for the last five years. Sweeping through a variety of eclectic styles, from Hip Hop to Dubstep, Lefto’s sets are the perfect balance between musical discovery and party vibes.

Simbad:

Multi-instrumentalist, DJ & producer Simbad (aka P.L. Stanislas Renouf) is all about creating great music. His incredibly wide range as a producer spans from big band jazz to heavy Jamaican dancehall reggae via bouncy hip-hop to sick broken-beat & techno. His sets are like an exotic journey, he takes you trough different landscapes and when you finally arrive at destination, not only you’ll be quite satisfied, but you might also have a brighter picture of where contemporary club music is going.

Kutmah:

Dj Kutmah is a veteran of the L.A. beats scene and a key figure in the dublab / low end theory / brainfeeder creative community. His mixes take in everything from rare Egyptian funk to even the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme song and of course fresh exclusives from his friends back in Los Angeles. He’s been a revelation since his arrival in London. Having toured with Bonobo, Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi, The Gaslamp Killer and Prefuse 73 he has not only held his own but positively shined at each turn with his brooding, bass-laden eclectic sets.

Paul Pre:

German based DJ Paul Pre is probably one of the most prolific mixtape DJ’s out there (and on Mixcloud). Globally known for his monthly mixes with exciting beats roaming from the underground, he is currently taking over dance floors all over the world. We just couldn’t wait till Outlook Festival to see him in action…

Eric Lau:

Eric Lau is a London Based producer known for his work with an array of international artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Dudley Perkins, Guilty Simpson, Oddissee, Olivier Daysoul, Floating Points, Fatima and many more. His slick and edgy productions have turned the ears of Gilles Peterson and Fat City Records who released Eric Lau presents Dudley & Friends in January 2007. Tastemakers and peers like Benji B (BBC Radio 1Xtra) called Laus soulful street sounds Heavy, Phonte (of Little Brother) added that Lau is One of the illest beatmakers.

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Chrissy Murderbot Royal Wedding Party

We’re very much looking forward to our party this Friday with Chrissy Murderbot, down at the Big Chill House, London.

Chrissy will be joining us all the way from Chicago to celebrate a night of “juke-rave-jungle-disco-tropical-hi-NRG-gangsta-dancehall-ghetto-garage-core” plus the forth coming release of his new album on Planet Mu Records.

We’re also excited to announce that the winner of our, ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek, Royal Wedding DJ CompetitionLaurent, will also be joining to warm things up Mixcloud style, on Chrissy’s recommendation.

Check out some other notable entries ahead of the main event this week…

Of course, this isn’t the official after party, but if you’re in London on Friday and looking for somewhere to get loose after the big day, head on down and join us!

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