An interview with last year’s Mixcloud Online Radio Awards winner GonesTheDJ

Don’t panic, but there are now only two days left to enter this year’s Mixcloud Online Radio Awards. Not only are the awards the biggest celebration of online radio in the world, it’s free to enter and it’ll only take you a minute or two to submit your nomination.

You can nominate yourself or nominate the shows, stations and radio personalities you love. Submissions for this year’s awards close on Thursday 26 April and you can submit your nominations at mora.fm.

Next up in our series shining a light on 2017’s winners, we caught up with GonesTheDJ, whose chart-topping radios show ‘GhettoBlasterShow’ won Best Online Music Show in the ‘Funk / Soul’ category.

2017 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards winner GonesTheDJ
2017 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards winner GonesTheDJ

GonesTheDJ will be no stranger to funk and soul fans on Mixcloud. Now on its 330th episode, the show has built quite the following and makes regular appearances in our charts. We caught up with the French funk and soul aficionado to find out more about his show and what the thinks about the world of online radio.

Tell us a bit about the GhettoBlasterShow.

The GhettoBlasterShow is a weekly funk and soul radio show. It’s a trip from jazz to house, hip hop to broken beat and worldwide sounds. No boundaries, just good music.

What do you love most about online radio?

As a DJ and Podcaster, online radio is the best way to connect and share with people all around the globe. And I as a listener, I like to be surprised and discover new DJs, artists and songs in just one click.

What most excites you about the future of online radio?

What excites me the most is the idea of having even more diversity and quality, along with more and more powerful broadcasting tools. And the hope of having a real professional recognition for content producers.

Why does something like the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards matter?

Beyond the likes and comments posted on my shows, it highlights and rewards all the work that’s required to make this a reality. And once again it helps me connect with my listeners worldwide.

What’s next for the GhettoBlasterShow and GonesTheDJ?

Next September, I’ll be launching the 10th season for the GhettoBlasterShow and this year I celebrate my 30th year behind the turntables. So I’ll be preparing myself for the next 30 years!

You can follow GonesTheDJ on Mixcloud:

Interested in entering this year’s awards? You can also find out more about the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards with our seven reasons you should enter.

Best of 2017: Jazz, funk and soul

Most Listened to Jazz, Funk and Soul

Mixcloud is teeming with crate-diggers and few genres allow these connoisseurs to shine quite like jazz, funk or soul.

Whether old or new, smooth or skronky, northern or quiet storm, multi-platinum selling or completely unknown, music from these three genres is impressively popular on Mixcloud and inspires some of the most exciting, innovative and listenable shows on the platform.

It doesn’t matter if you like to get down to James or Jaimeo Brown,  these top 10 most listened to jazz, funk and soul profiles in 2017 will have something for you.

This list is calculated based on the total minutes listened per profile:

10. The Retro Cocktail Hour


The Retro Cocktail Hour is hosted by veteran Darrell Brogdon. Darrell serves up music that’s “shaken, not stirred” every week from the Underground Martini Bunker.

The show is poured into glasses across America every week from the vintage bottle of public radio. If you like to sip on smooth jazz with a lounge flavour, The Retro Cocktail Hour is on the house for you.

9. dubbeldee


Creator of the Mo’Jazz radio show, dubbledee specialises in curating jazz shows with historical finesse.

Whether working through ‘A Decade of Jazz 1975-1985’ year-by-year or running specials on unsung jazz heroes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a show more doggedly dedicated to chronicling the remarkable recent history of jazz.

8. WhoSampled


Everyone’s favourite source of information on samples, covers and remixes, WhoSampled claims to explore the very DNA of music – and by all accounts they’re right.

Many of their mixes take the listener through the source material of the greatest sample-based albums – an incredible experience if you’re a fan of the biggest funk and soul artists.

7. The Jazz Pit


Curated by Irish crate-diggers Emmet Hand & Ian Scott (Bootsy), The Jazz Pit is a weekly show on Frission Radio. It started all the way back in 2005, and has grown to have fans all over the world.

With special ‘The Jazz Pit Digs…’ episodes going in deep on specific labels, The Jazz Pit give one of the best ways to dig deeper into the world of jazz, soul and funk. If you like looking underground for your music, dive headfirst into The Jazz Pit.

6. Pete Smith (Planet Records)


Pete Smith sells northern soul and ska 45s by mail-order under the name Planet Records. From what’s on show via his Mixcloud profile, you’d better believe he’s got the goods.

Pete uploads a wonderfully mixed bag – northern soul, rocksteady, ska, reggae, 60s obscurities, and post-punk – but consistently makes one of the most glorious rackets on Mixcloud.

5. DJ Mr Lob


DJ Mr Lob is a Melbourne-based DJ and hardcore music collector. Having been active on the Melbourne DJ scene since 1999, he’s certainly put in the time to be a mature, carefully soulful selector.

While DJ Mr Lob’s live sets are generally an eclectic blend of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae, afrobeat and latin, his online mixes tend to be deeper dives into specific genres and themes. He claims that no matter what, he’ll only play tunes with “a real funky, jazzy and soulful sensibility”.

4. The Soul Preacher


Hallelujah! The Soul Preacher does what it says on the tin – evangelically spreading the good word about the best soul and jazz music, from Aretha Franklin to Barry White.

Mixing from vinyl and often curating around interesting themes and people, this is a very special selector with some of the best mixes on the platform.

3. Professor Eddy


From Groningen in The Netherlands, Professor Eddy describes his style as intimate funky soul or ‘funky chill’. Within the boundaries of his own genre, the funky Professor delivers a fantastic array of luscious music.

If you want to learn a thing or two about music that grooves hard – but not too hard – then get front-row seats at one of the Professor’s lectures. By which we mean: listen to his incredible shows on Mixcloud, and get intimately schooled.

2. Soul Cool Records


Our number two spot goes to someone who claims to not be “a DJ per se”, or even “someone with a musical ego.” Instead, Soul Cool Records identifies purely as “an eclectic listener and purveyor of good music”.

Soul Cool Records aims to collect some of the best vintage and rare soul, jazz, funk and disco, often from the 70s and 80s. This mishmash of music is loved by a large chunk of the Mixcloud community, and Soul Cool Records deserves to be pretty happy with the silver spot on this Best Of list.

1. Jazzcat


This year’s number one most listened to jazz, funk and soul profile on Mixcloud goes to Jazzcat, the alias of Massimiliano Conti. A truly passionate music lover from Pescara in Italy, Jazzcat honed his skills from years spent DJing in local radio stations and clubs.

In September 2010 Massimiliano joined Mixcloud, where he’s been stacking up impressive stats and an incredible collection of almost 500 mixes. He quite rightly prides himself in spinning the very best in classic and modern jazz, soul, funk, latin, afro and Brazilian music.

Mixcloud Best of 2014: Crate Diggers

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Next in our Best of 2014 series are the crate diggers. They seem to be a rare breed but still going strong!  Surely this list of top 25 crate diggers will catch your attention.

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11. *CLONE FUNK

12. Reggae Revolution Radio Show

13. Dub Hi Fi

14. TJ-KID (The True Jazzchild)

15. Soulsearching: Michael Ruetten

16. Pete Smith (Planet Records)

17. MUKATSUKU

18. The Soul Preacher

19. Chris Read (MusicofSubstance)

20. Dust & Grooves

21. Dubwise Garage

22. The Jazz Pit

23. HeavySoulBrutha

24. Kieran Lockyear

25. DJ Andy Smith

Straight from the play box..

In the spirit of Mixcloud community, we wanted to position the looking glass over Kieran Lockyear and his project ‘Straight from the play box’, which has brought together DJs from all over the world to create a virtual festival of vinyl 45s shared from their own collections.

There are alot of great djs and collectors world wide who have some very rare (original) Soul/Funk 45s in there collection that you cant hear unless you happen to go to an event… so I asked a couple of djs if they would send me a mix of just ten 45s from there play box and they were kind enough to oblige, so I asked a few more, were at 60+ now and still more to come” Kieran.

The series has gained notoriety across the world as more and more DJs get involved and is quite possibly one of the best selections of soul & funk vinyls on the net today.

To listen to the full collection on Mixcloud, click here.

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Mixcloud Spring Playlist

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While the weather may not be cooperating, us here at Mixcloud towers are adamant that Spring has sprung. So much so, that we’ve compiled a playlist to soundtrack an April day of rejuvenation, re-invigoration and revitalisation. Here’s a Cloudcast for every hour of the day:

Mixcloud Spring Playlist 2013 on Mixcloud

 

BBC

8am: up an at em’ with a fresh blast of news from the Beeb

BBC World Update: 10 Apr 13 Dan Damon from Korean Border

 

 

 

qdup9am: some Spring funk’n’soul to get you out of bed, courtesy of the Qdup Foundation and Fort Knox Recordings

Fort Knox: Qdup presents Spring Selection Mix 2013

 

 

 

fitmix10am: time for a morning workout, sound-tracked by fitmix’s full on cheesy-gym-house Ready, Set, Sweat! Vol. 8

fitmix.fm: fitmix.fm – Ready, Set, Sweat! Vol. 8

 

 

 

beethoven11am: you’ve earned an hour off, so lose yourself in Beethoven’s Third Symphony

Classical Masterpieces: Beethoven’s Symphony Nr.3, the “Eroica”

 

 

 

splendid

12pm: lunchtime is here, so let The Splendid Table team inspire you with a range of culinary delights

The Splendid Table 506: Seasonal Seafood

 

 

 

pixelgrease1pm: into the afternoon with some Spring cleaning. Ease yourself into the chores with Pixel Grease’s early jazz and swing mix

Pixel Grease: Spring Cleaning Crackle & Hiss Vol.2

 

 

 

kozmo2pm: then fuel your elbow grease with Kozmo’s heavy-hitting drum’n’bass selections

Kozmo: Spring Cleaning

 

 

 

nature

3pm: and relax… vicariously get back to nature with the Nature Podcast

Nature Podcast: 04 April 2013

 

 

 

alec baldwin4pm: expand your mind with an hour of Alec Baldwin chatting to Thom Yorke

Here’s the Thing: Thom Yorke

 

 

 

npr5pm: rather than sticking on the telly, why not listen to NPR welcome the sixth season of Mad Men

NPR Fresh Air: This Spring, Rejoice At Rebirth Of ‘Mad Men’

 

 

 

mixtape riot6pm: assuming there hasn’t been a miraculous meteorological change, you’ll be needing some tropical flavas; let Mixtape Riot head honcho Charlie B Wilder take you on a trip

Brooklyn Radio: Mixtape Riot #008

 

 

so retro7pm: from Hawaii to Tallinn now, with Oh So Retro’s Spring mixtape of what DJ Madis Aija has been playing in the Estonian boutique

Oh So Retro: Spring 2013 by DJ Madis Aija

 

 

 

rez8pm: last, but definitely not least, Mixcloud co-founder Nico Perez presents a mix for the night-times

Nico ‘Rez’ Perez: Mystics and Moonlight