Monthly Archives: March 2012

Jane Meet NYC SoundCloud Hero: Chas Wagner

SoundCloud NYC Hero, Chas Wagner is a big fan of sports, tech and audio. He uses SoundCloud to combine those three passions by hosting a podcast on Big East college basketball. One of his goals as a SoundCloud Hero is to share the sounds, culture, news of the different boroughs in New York City on SoundCloud, so NYC friends: help get involved with Chas!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I’m currently working on a startup of my own, building a sports website to let fans share and connect around their favorite sports memories. Being a first-time entrepreneur, I’ve made all the rookie mistakes, but have been making good progress the last few months. I’m also interviewing with early stage NYC startups for biz dev positions to gain more experience and help keep the lights on at my crouton-sized East Village apartment.

More importantly, I use SoundCloud for all sorts of cool stuff. I get my geek on by tuning in to Robert Scoble, Fred Wilson’s MBAMondays and The Next Web for my tech fix; then, listen to John Legend, The Foo Fighters and several up-and-coming musicians. Lastly, I produce a college basketball podcast called SixOvertimes, which covers Big East basketball and we’re looking to do big things with the Dropbox feature to better interact with fans.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
SoundCloud World Domination. Since we’re looking at it from a city level, I really want SoundCloud to make it happen at a hyperlocal level. Because each borough has its eclectic mix of diverse neighborhoods, I’d like every hood to have its own voice and presence on SoundCloud. From learning more about local businesses, politicians and the best dive bars, the SoundCloud community will gain a better understanding of New York City and be inspired to record their own local stories.

Also, I want to bring more comedians to SoundCloud. Selfishly, I love to laugh (don’t we all) and there are so many funny people in NYC, so, let’s get them using the big orange button

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
Anywhere with Calexico crack sauce. I’m definitely a food truck snob and these three brothers from LA have mastered the art of Mexican street food. Without fail, I always get the carnes asada quesadillas with cheddar, Monterey jack and their secret chipotle “crack” sauce. If I keep going five days a week to their Madison Square Park location, maybe, just maybe they will fill me in on the crack sauce recipe. Oh, and kudos to them, they opened their first sit-down restaurants in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Red Hook. 

What is your favorite sound and why?
As for naturally occurring, it has to be the sweet sound of the basketball net after dropping a nice shot. I don’t hear this as often in my personal hoops game anymore, as I’ve lost that elusive smooth jumper, but I love hearing it from a Ray Allen or Kobe Bryant shot. 

Other great ones are Sean Connery and Liev Schrieber’s (HBO Sports narrator) voices. The dudes speak with such conviction that I would believe them if they told me the New York Mets are the best baseball team in NY.

Where else can we find you on the web?
chasfwagner.com
twitter.com/chaswagner
facebook.com/chaswagner
https://foursquare.com/chaswagner

Interested in being a SoundCloud Hero, too?
Read more about the program and where we’re searching for our next Heroes!

David Turn Your Sound Into An iPhone Case With Shapeways

What happens when two creative communities join forces? They create The Vibe which lets you turn your favorite SoundCloud sound into a 3D-printed iPhone case.

Listen to Shapeways’ Community Manager Ana and I talk about The Vibe at SXSW in Austin last week:

Want to touch the first sound you ever created? Want to carry your child’s first words around with you every day? No matter which sound you care about most, The Vibe by Shapeways lets you keep it in your pocket *and* protect your iPhone at the same time. Pretty rad.

Shapeways created a super straight-forward way for you to print your sound as an iPhone case. Head over to our App Gallery to access the app, connect your SoundCloud account and select your sound:

http://soundcloud.com/apps/the-vibe-1

Be quick to take advantage of the special offer and print your favorite sound for $19.95 (excl. shipping and taxes).

If you’re getting your own Vibe, make sure to tweet at us with a picture or let us know in the comments.

Thanks to the Shapeways team for making this possible.

Jane Meet SoundCloud Chicago Hero: Jaime Black

SoundCloud Chicago Hero, Jaime Black runs a Chicago-based music and entertainment podcast called Dynasty Podcasts. Jaime has been involved in the Chicago radio scene for more than 10 years. Need tips on podcasting and radio journalism, or hosting shows on SoundCloud? He’s your guy.

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
My name is Jaime Black and I’m a podcaster out of Chicago. My background is 13 years working in commercial radio and nine years as a published journalist. I began podcasting in 2005, launching Dynasty Podcasts, Chicago’s very first music-focused podcast series and network. I’m a total SoundCloud addict, hosting my podcasts at http://soundcloud.com/dynastypodcasts.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
As Chicago’s SoundCloud Hero, I’m looking to connect and showcase Chicago’s audio talent, including musicians of all genres, podcasters, poets, and all other audio enthusiasts. I want to showcase the city’s creative talent and help their work reach a larger audience.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
I’m a longtime appreciator of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, which is a predominantly Mexican community hosting a growing artist presence. Not only does it feature great eats, but there are always artist gallery events happening. Plus all sorts of highly interesting city secrets.

What is your favorite sound and why?
My favorite sound is anything that excites or reveals something new to my audience. If something finds something they like in one of my podcasts, that’s awesome and it means I’m doing my job well.

Where else can we find you on the web?
http://chicagoverseunited.com
http://dynastypodcasts.tumblr.com
http://twitter.com/#!/jaimeblack
http://twitter.com/#!/dynastypodcasts
http://www.facebook.com/jaimeblack
http://www.facebook.com/DynastyPodcasts

Anything else?
Just that I’m excited to get started showcasing Chicago’s creative community using SoundCloud!