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 case study: Hervé radio show to promote new album

Radio is a great medium for artists to build deeper, more personal connections with their fans. It allows them to play and talk about their influences, their own music and what’s currently hot, with engaging chat and banter.

The likes of Christina Aguilera and The Eagles recently set up their own 24 hour radio stations. And our friends over at Diesel U Music Radio have been doing a great job of artist shows with the likes of the Black Lips and La Roux rolling through the studio to do one-off exclusives.

Mixcloud recently got together with super-producer Hervé to help launch his upcoming compilation, “Cheap Thrills Volume 1”, with an exclusive radio show hosted on Mixcloud. Hervé is a major force behind the recent explosion in bass heavy electro and house music and the compilation is a real who’s who of the scene, with exclusives from the likes of Jack Beats, Fake Blood and Radio 1’s Kissy Sell Out.

Hervé invited his label-mate’s Jack Beats, Fake Blood and Martelo to join him in the studio for 2 hours to host one of the best artist shows we’ve heard. They discuss their contributions to the release, with some great stories behind the tunes. Each DJ then goes into the mix for 15 minutes, taking it back to their influences.

The show was a great way to build awareness and buzz around the release before launch, attracting coverage on a number of blogs and websites as well as serious buzz in the “Twittersphere”.

Check out the show below.

Cheap Thrills Radio Show by Hervé on Mixcloud

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