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Laid Back have been championing Mixcloud for a number of months. We’ve been very impressed with their high quality content and ability to constantly get onto the Mixcloud popular page! So in the first of a series of blog posts, we caught up with Julien from Laid Back to find out who he is, what floats his boat and how he’s been using Mixcloud in an effective way.
>>> 60 second interview
> Who are you?
I’m Julien Mourlon aka Julius. Civil engineer, online media consultant and founder of Laid Back.
> What is Laid Back Radio?
Laid Back started in 2002 as a FM radio show. In march 2008 we decided to go one step further and launched the LDBK online radio station. Nowadays Laid Back is evolving to become a collaborative content production powerhouse and communication agency focusing on urban culture.
> What do you love about radio?
I love stories and discoveries.
> Do you present a show?
I used to present the Laid Back show back in the days on Vibration and Panik, two local radio stations in Brussels. I stopped doing it a few years ago but it might be time for me to get on the mic again.
> What music are you currently excited about?
I tend to define Laid Back as All School… a cocktail of soul, funk, jazz, hip hop, disco, … with a few turkish breaks and eastern european progressive rock tracks. I’m excited about upcoming artists like Nicholas Kopernicus who are currently developing a project with us to be released mid december.
> What is the future of radio?
I’m not gonna be able to answer that question in 5 seconds, but check the radio manifesto I wrote a few months ago or give our online radio player a try and you might have a better idea of what i think the future of radio should be. Mixcloud might be the future of radio, hope you guys will borrow some ideas from our player 😉
> What’s the coolest thing about Brussels?
Definitely the fact that Brussels is the capital of Europe. It’s multi cultural, it’s a hub and the best place to live if you like to go Paris, London or Amsterdam regularly. Now Brussels needs to not only be an administrative capital but also a cultural capital… We’re working on it!
> What makes you Laid Back?
I’m so not Laid Back, haha! I’m more hyperactive.
> Who’s your favourite radio presenter ever?
I’ll always respect Nasky (presenter on action FM) for making me fall in love with hip hop before falling in love with Mary Ann Hobbs. But to me the real stars are Orsii, Nevine and Gav, who collaborate with us on a weekly basis. We’re going to incorporate more presenters on LDBK so my list of favorite presenters might grow in the coming weeks.
> What are you going to be doing in 12 months’ time?
Damn that’s a tricky question. Let’s hope I’ll still be running LDBK radio and developing projects with our ever growing network of creative minds.
LAID BACK ON MIXCLOUD
>Tell us how you’ve been using Mixcloud and give us some tips and tricks for the rest of the community.
We use Mixcloud to archive the best content produced for our online radio (Orsii “Little Miss Sunshiine” and Gav’s “Jus Like Music”).
I also have an archive of more than 500 mixes, so i upload some of those when i have a good reason to do so (e.g. I’m posting an article about 40 Winks so might upload the mix to Mixcloud and include it in the article.).
Mixcloud is a great solution for us to legally archive our radio shows. Including the widget in an article is easy, good looking and user friendly. The link with twitter allow me to easily get in touch with our audience… and i know that Mixcloud have more great features in the pipe line.
Check out Laid Back’s website here.
Finally this post wouldn’t be complete without a couple of recent tasty Laid Back Cloudcasts. Enoy!