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.

Mixcloud Celebrates The Online Radio Awards With 24 Hours Of Live Shows

Last week, Mixcloud teamed up with 14 winners and nominees from this year’s Online Radio Awards to host a unique live broadcast, lasting 24 hours and featuring shows from around the world.

Starting at 10am on Thursday 15 December and ending at 10am on Friday 16th December, Online Radio Awards Day combined 11 cities from 7 countries, including South Korea, Canada, United Kingdom and France.

ORA Day Programme

The global event attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched radio shows from the likes of Le Mellotron in Paris, The Lot Radio in LA and Na Manteiga Radio in Sao Paulo. Throughout the day, each live show was shared on the Mixcloud Facebook page, with styles ranging from hip hop and soul to techno and jazz, as well as talk radio from the likes of Radio Free Booklyn and live hip hop from Reform Radio.

Online Radio Awards Day is a celebration of some of the best online radio in the world. But the event is about more than just one day. Every show will also be available on Mixcloud so fans of music and talk radio can listen to what went down on the day.

15:00 – 16:00: Reform Radio, Manchester

16:00 – 17:00: Chunks of Funk with Mr Leenknecht, Brussels

05:00 – 16:00: dublab, Los Angeles

You can listen back to all the shows on Mixcloud via the Online Radio Awards Day playlist.

The Online Radio Awards is now in its third edition and each year the event goes from strength-to-strength. This year there were are a total of 27 winners across a number of categories and territories chosen by a panel of industry judges. There were also 4 overall winners for Best Online Music Show, Best Online Talk Show, Best Online Radio Station and Best Online Radio Personality.