Time Warp 20th Anniversary

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Time Warp is definitely one the world’s most intensive techno party! This Saturday 5th it was the 20th Anniversary being held in Manheim!

All the biggest DJs came along to celebrate this incredible achievement! There were Carl Cox, Luciano, John Digweed, Ben Klock, Josh Wink, Chris Wood & Meat..

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So… Did you go to Time Warp? Don’t worry if you missed out on that one because  the IBIZA SONICA RADIO crew was at Manheim to capture the moment. They recorded the best sets of this awesome festival which are now available on our platform.

Go on their Mixcloud Profile to listen to their TIMEWRAP 20TH Playlist

 

Abandon Magaluf 2014 DJ Competition

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Are you a budding DJ? Do you know your Justice from your Jackmaster? Fancy the chance to play at some of best parties under the sun!? If so then get involved with our Abandon Magaluf DJ competition! We’ll be giving 1 lucky winner the opportunity to be treated like DJ royalty; including free flights out to Magaluf, a full 8-day Abandon Magaluf package covered on us, and spinning on the wheels of steel at some of the best parties of this summer. Get the crowds moving at Mallorca Rocks and our epic boat party, plus living it up on a once in a lifetime holiday.

If you think you have what it takes to bring the party vibes to Magaluf then simply upload a 30 minute mix to your Mixcloud page with the tag “Abandon Magaluf DJ Competition”

How to enter

  • Upload a mix of no more than 30 minutes to Mixcloud
  • Title your mix ‘Abandon Magaluf DJ Competition – Your Name’
  • Tag the mix: “Abandon Magaluf DJ Competition“. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Include an accurate tracklist
  • Use the cover art provided here.

 

Tribe Ibiza 2014 DJ Competition

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Are you a budding DJ? Do you know your Justice from your Jackmaster? Fancy the chance to play at some of the worlds greatest clubs!? If so then get involved with our Tribe Ibiza DJ competition! We’ll be giving 1 lucky winner the opportunity to be treated like DJ royalty; including free flights out to Ibiza, a full 5-day Tribe Ibiza package covered on us, and spinning on the wheels of steel at some of the world’s greatest clubs. Sorry, forgot to mention you’ll be warming up the crowd for top international artists along the way, plus living it up on a once in a lifetime holiday.

If you think you have what it takes to bring the party vibes to The White Isle then simply upload a 30-minute mix to your Mixcloud page with the tag ‘Tribe Ibiza DJ Competition’.

 How to enter

  • Upload a mix of no more than 30 minutes to Mixcloud
  • Title your mix ‘Tribe Ibiza 2014 DJ Competition – Your Name’
  • Tag the mix: “Tribe Ibiza 2014 DJ Competition“. If you fail to tag the mix correctly, your entry may be missed.
  • Include an accurate tracklist
  • Use the cover art provided here.

Milk&Sugar at London Coffee Festival

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This April 3-6 at The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, we partnered with Milk & Sugar, Evoni Design and Pioneer DJ to bring you our very own DJ parlour where you can sit back and enjoy live beats from a daily DJ crew, demos from the latest Pioneer kit and get your hands on Evoni Design’s knowingly cool DJ desks.

DJ crews have been carefully curated to suit the mood and time of day at the festival. Inspire your ears and discover new music from:

 

DJsTim ParkerK15.
Beats: to ease into the afternoon… hip hop, instrumental beats and chilled out downtempo.
Who they are: DJ crew that delivers laid back grooves and soulful sounds.
When: Thursday 3rd April: 1-3pm.

Beats: to make your feet move… Golden RnB, Oldskool hip hop, garage and electronic.
Who they are: Beatnik is a Creative, Label and Artist Development Company. A collective of passionate people who believe in supporting great music.
When: Friday 4th April: 5-8pm.

DJsRichard FoeP.DThomas Treasure, Party Carter.
Beats: to find your groove to… Boogie Funk, Afro Disco and 80′s Electro and House.
Who they are: Like minded LDN based DJs who play B2B vinyl only, focusing on sounds from the early 80′s to late 90′s. When: Saturday 5th April: 4-7pm.

DJs: Jack Boen, Chesslo Junior, Alphabets Heaven, Charo.
Beats: to kick back to on Sunday afternoon…mixed bag, genre-blending.
Who they are: WotNot are a new music venture, with a focus on creativity, the creative process and exploring innovative new music.
When: Sunday 6th April: 1-4pm.
Keep an eye on this space, the sets will be recorded and published on Evoni Design’s Mixcloud profile later on.
Peace out.

A Tribute To… John Coltrane

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John William Coltrane, also known as “Trane” (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.

As his career progressed, Coltrane and his music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist. Coltrane influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant saxophonists in jazz history. He received many posthumous awards and recognitions, including canonization by the African Orthodox Church as Saint John William Coltrane and a special Pullitzer Price in 2007.

John Coltrane recorded for several record labels…here’s a few :

Prestige and Blue Note Records :

* Coltrane (debut solo LP) (1957)

*Blue Train (1957)

*John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio (1958)

*Soultrane (1958)

Atlantic Records :

* Giant Steps (first album entirely of Coltrane compositions) (1960)

*Coltrane Jazz (first appearance by McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones) (1961)

*My Favorite Things (1961)

*Olé Coltrane (features Eric Dolphy, compositions by Coltrane and Tyner) (1961)

Impulse! Records :

*Africa/Brass (brass arranged by Tyner and Dolphy) (1961)

Live! At The Village Vanguard (features Dolphy, first appearance by Jimmy Garrison) (1962)

*Coltrane (first album to solely feature the “classic quartet”) (1962)

*John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963)

*Impressions (1963)

*Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1964)

*Live At Birdland (1964)

*A Love Supreme (1965)

*New Thing At Newport (live with Archie Shepp) (1966)

And here are some tribute cloudcasts to the master and his music…

24 Hours of Vinyl

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Mixcloud are pleased to announce our involvement with 24 Hours of Vinyl!

Next Event: 24 Hours Of Vinyl #10 – PARIS April 26 & 27th
Live on www.24hoursofvinyl.com

As a bunch of self confessed vinyl junkies, we couldn’t be happier to support the day long non-profit event with a crowd of awesome DJs relaying vinyl only records. The event started out in 2011 by the folks over at Music is My Sanctuary, with the event moving from city to city and also being broadcast online for those who can’t make it in person.

So far, the likes of Kid Koala, Jacques Greene, Rahaan, Amir, Moonstarr, Eddie C, Lexis, Ohmega Watts, Poirier and more have lent a hand to muck in, to work towards the common goal of sharing and discovering awesome music.

Don’t just take our word for it, check out their demo reel…

 

 

Ibiza Rocks 2014 DJ competition

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Do you fancy DJ-ing under the Balearic stars, on poolside decks graced by the likes of Skream, Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Disclosure? If so Ibiza Rocks needs you!

Ibiza Rocks has a history of bringing some of the freshest talent around to the Balearics every summer and with Haim, The 1975, Zane Lowe, Example, Redlight, Gorgon City, DJ EZ and Ms Dynamite already confirmed (with many more acts to be announced) 2014 will be our biggest series of shows yet.

We’re looking for a DJ who can set the pace, hype the crowd and bring the party vibes. Whether it’s for a guitar-based band or a beat-driven DJ, you’ll have the confidence and the ability to blend your style on the mic and you’ll know your stuff when it comes to talking and playing all things indie and dance. Think you have what it takes? Enter now!

Your mix should showcase music that you know would get a massive Rocks audience jumping. Think Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Doorly. A diverse knowledge from Indie, Rock and Hip Hop to commercial and more underground sounds of electronic music are a prerequisite.

How to enter

  • Upload a mix of no more than 30 minutes on Mixcloud.
  • Title the mix Rocks 2014 DJ Competition and add your tracklist.
  • Tag the mix “Rocks 2014 DJ Competition“.
  • Use the cover art provided here.
  • Don’t forget to include an accurate track list.

And stay updated on their twitter feed here…
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The Future of Radio

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The UK’s first ever electronic music business conference – Brighton Music Conference – takes place on April 11 & 12. Mixcloud are excited to take part in BMC, and will be joining the panel The Role of Radio For Digital Music.

Ahead of that debate, we have interviewed four of the panelists taking part in that discussion – Huw Owen from BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, Daniel Nathan, CEO of Juice FM, Rashid Mustapha, Ofcom’s Senior Broadcast Specialist, and Mixcloud’s own Andreea Magdalina – to get their thoughts on where they see radio heading in the future.

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Huw Owen, Producer, BBC Radio 1′s Essential Mix 

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What do you think is the role of radio in today’s digital music world?

Radio is probably the most powerful music discovery tool out there. It has scale, authority, personality and authenticity. In fact as each new digital music service comes online, the need for trusted guides becomes more crucial. And that’s where I think stations like Radio 1 or Rinse FM, or DJs like Pete Tong or Annie Mac, come into their own.

What are the pros and cons of on-demand listening, from both a producer and listener perspective?

It is all pros as far as I can see. But the killer combination is on demand and live. In the case of the show that I produce, The Essential Mix, on demand listening is vital. Our show is on late at night in the UK and so giving listeners the ability to catch the show whenever is best for them is a great thing.

However, the fact that the show has a live slot is very important. It means every show is an event unto itself. You have to have the live ‘moment’ to create the excitement, and then offer the ability for people to catch up or catch again if they want.

How can radio adapt to work better in today’s on-demand environment?

Radio has to think about its shape and how it fits the online world. Traditionally radio shows are two or three hours long, which is perfect for radio listening, but not so great for online consumption when you are battling for attention in someone’s timeline.

One way to address that is by creating short elements & features within radio shows that listeners can take away with them, whether it is a live session, an interview, a clip of an exclusive, or a great bit of filmed content. BBC Playlister is another great way of making radio fit with today’s online music world.

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Rashid Mustapha, Senior Broadcast Specialist, Ofcom

What do you think is the role of radio in today’s digital music world?

The term ‘radio’ is becoming quite ambiguous in our multi-platform era – it is no longer used just to describe communication by electromagnetic waves to a wireless set, but increasingly to describe any linear (real-time) audio programme.

The way we consume it is changing, as are our expectations as listeners. There is no equivalent platform that has such high (and increasing) availability, and is free from paying for a service to receive it.

Radio provides a tremendous amount of creative freedom at a relatively low
cost and reaches an average 90% of the total UK population every week.

It is clear that people want a way to be kept entertained and informed in an effortless way – unlike on-demand media which tends to be more ‘needy’. Of the 90%, the vast majority (83%) use radio primarily for music listening – that’s a pretty big role!

What are the pros and cons of on-demand listening, from both a producer and listener perspective?

I referred to on-demand as being ‘needy’ from the listener perspective because it demands interaction – that’s a chore when listening should be effortless and enjoyable.

Also, the expert curator is a missing dimension from the experience. Another issue with on-demand is that good content is often lost in the noise of the bad, which is a problem that is only likely to get worse over time.

That fact is, it’s not so good from either perspective! I can see how independent producers might find ‘per download’ payments more appealing than traditional royalty collection and distribution mechanisms though.

How can radio adapt to work better in today’s on-demand environment?

A lot of the radio industry is doing a good job at adapting. Many stations now offer listen again type services, but there is a long way to go in getting metadata right – although the same can be said about all on-demand content. At the moment there just isn’t enough information.

You might have something amazing in your on-demand library, but if the content description amounts to a name, date and time, and a lazy description then your audience is going to have a hard time discovering it.

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Daniel Nathan, CEO, Juice FM

What do you think is the role of radio in today’s digital music world?

Radio is being disrupted and transformed by the mobile internet and an ever growing list of smart people and organisations – just like every other mass medium.

Radio has held up remarkably well though: it has qualities of companionship, and is entertaining and informing while we get on and do other stuff. But the competition for ears continues to increase.

The ‘celestial jukebox’, instant access to a near-entirety of recorded music and video, is here on smart phones, tablets, connected TVs, game consoles – and coming soon, in car too. Where does radio fit in?

It’s all about the people, DJs, presenters and producers, the voices who entertain and inform; the companions, the trusted guides. It’s about personality, relevant news and information and a connection with a community of interest. Great music, a slick logo and a vapid slogan is no longer a viable long term USP for radio stations.

What are the pros and cons of on-demand listening, from both a producer and listener perspective?

The big advantage is immediate and unlimited access to anything, anytime, anywhere. The practical problem is that all that unmoderated choice is overwhelming and tricky to navigate.

Trends can catch fire across continents in a few hours and while it used to be a mission to discover something underground – it’s all out there.

Licensed / pirate radio can act as a filter, curator or ‘trusted guide’, but with the barrier to entry lowered by the internet and almost every radio station in the world accessible by over a billion smartphone users worldwide, connecting with an audience of any scale as a producer or broadcaster is a huge challenge.

How can radio adapt to work better in today’s on-demand environment?

Radio is the original social medium and the ideal companion to every moment of the day. As an industry we need to make sure we are present in every aspect of peoples’ lives on any device that has a speaker.

Turn us on, press play and listen. Over the next five years, technology will continue to disrupt radio in many ways that are predictable but others that aren’t.

This year’s buzzword is ‘hybrid’ radio, as we start to converge the best of broadcast over the air and narrowcast over the internet with extra services and digital accountability mixed in.

In a multiplatform future, listeners are increasingly unlikely to realise which platform they are listening to at any particular time – and they might not even care.

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Andreea Magdalina, Head of Community, Mixcloud

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What do you think is the role of radio in today’s digital music world?

Radio is still very much one of the most influential media in terms of news as well as entertainment. For many people around the world it’s the primary source of information still.

It is up to us, the early tech adopters, to understand this fact and make the transition towards digital as smooth as possible for both the audience and the medium.

Radio has adapted really well to digital. It’s one of those 20th century mammoths that had to learn new tricks in order to survive. I like to think that Mixcloud had a role in this process, by bringing once hard-to-find audio content to the finger tips of anyone with an internet connection. We were able to find a legal on-demand listening solution that’s free for all and we hope to keep it that way.

What are the pros and cons of on-demand listening, from both a producer and listener perspective?

If you’re a listener the benefit is obvious – you get access to a huge pool of content that in the past used to have an expiry date. On top of that, you are now recommended related content based on your social network and listening history.

If you’re on the other fence, this means you are now able to reach an audience beyond space and time. There are no more barriers.

The downside to all this is that the relationship between the producer and the listener is getting weaker and weaker. It’s true that the two are now closer thanks to social media, but the communication channels are so open now that you lose that feeling of an exclusive, intimate relationship that you used to have a few decades back with radio shows. As Head of Community for Mixcloud, it’s important for me to observe this and play cupid!

How can radio adapt to work better in today’s on-demand environment?

I believe in lots of instances radio has already done that. Look at people like NTS (London), Red Light (Amsterdam) or East Village Radio (NYC), just to name a few.

They reinvented the traditional radio identity, both in concept and delivery. And then come podcasters like LDBK (Brussels) or Soulection (Los Angeles) who started out as small, independent radio producers and ended up becoming serious tastemakers in their scene. It’s all truly exciting and commercial radio is catching up.

Mixcloud crosses the pond, opens new office in USA

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Mixcloud, the world’s leading platform for DJ mixes and radio shows in the cloud, today expands from London to New York City.

With the US audience as the largest and fastest growing, the new stateside office will offer increased visibility and reinforce the digital radio platform’s vision to connect listeners to the world’s best DJs and radio presenters.

Available on both web and mobile, Mixcloud offers 10 million monthly listeners access to high quality audio content. Since the site launched a visual refresh less than two months ago, the platform has seen more than 10% growth in content uploads and traffic worldwide.

With the growing rise of audience involvement and participation as crucial metrics – rather than the historical focus on page views, Mixcloud is bucking the trend of declining attention spans with average listening length for a user on the site at 28 minutes.

“Industry experts and startups such as Medium and Upworthy are increasingly highlighting the importance of engagement. In a world of over-abundant information, we believe the winners will be those who focus on appealing to their audience in an authentic manner rather than buying page views” says Mixcloud Co-founder and US Director Nico Perez.

Founded just 4 years ago in London by former DJs and radio presenters who met at Cambridge University, the startup is one of the rare few to remain fully self-funded and bootstrapped. Driven by a passion to re-think radio for the social networking generation, the company has come a long way from it’s early days in an industrial warehouse on the outskirts of the British capital.

Mixcloud’s US partners include the publishing powerhouse VICE, luxury hotel chain Dream Hotels, and Internet Week New York. Increasingly used as a primary resource for brands to engage millennial audiences, the company has plans to grow both a brand partnerships team and a content outreach team in the Big Apple.

Mixcloud hosts the world’s largest catalogue of both current and archived radio programs and DJ sets – over 4 million shows that range from music to talk radio, with strengths in EDM, hip-hop, jazz, funk and world music. Top US content partners include global DJ talent such as Diplo, Jazzy Jeff and Paul Oakenfold as well as leading EDM festival promoters, Ultra Music Festival and Insomniac Entertainment.