Jane SoundCloud Heroes and Community Collaborations

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. — Ryunosuke Satoro

Collaboration is at the heart of the SoundCloud community. The talent and creativity that our community possesses is endless. We’ve seen and heard how members come together to bring creations to life, and we have a program that will encourage those connections to grow.

Enter the SoundCloud Heroes program. A program where we’re identifying SoundCloud ambassadors who want to help unmute the web. Heroes fuel their leadership, passion and creativity to bring people together around sound. We launched the program in February and introduced our first 10 SoundCloud Heroes in April. After organizing Global Meetup Day in their cities in May, the Heroes embarked on a challenge to create summer collaborations based on stems they swapped. Take a listen below.

Los Angeles Hero Matt gives an update on his take on collaborations and reflects on the importance of pursuing your passion everyday.

Portland Hero Zefora, who is no stranger to collaborations, explains the creative process of this collaboration with the Heroes and offers some advice for folks new to collaborating!

The SoundCloud Heroes will lead a new series of themed collaborations that will take place every month, and you can participate, too! Reach out to others in your network, in your city or across the world and collaborate.

August Community Collaboration: Road Trip of Sounds 

Imagine you could be on any road in the world, driving from your starting point to your final destination. How would this road trip sound?

Our SoundCloud Heroes are imagining how the SoundCloud Community can take parts of these road trips and represent them through sound and music, creating an audible journey across different parts of the world. What would your soundtrack sound like if you were on a road trip from the West Coast to the East Coast, from Scotland to Jordan, from Wellington to Singapore, from xxx to yyy, from zzz to ooo?

Let’s all join forces to unmute your dream road trip to make it a reality in the form of sounds.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Define your own virtual road trip: the start and destination of your trip. Who in the community is part of it, from start, middle and end?
  2. Reach out and encourage SoundClouders to participate by creating music or a sound that best represents the section of the road trip.
  3. Share the final collaboration track to this group by August 27. Make sure to mention all members involved in the collaboration and the story behind your “road trip” of sounds!

We will then share these sound you’ve all embarked on together in a blog post at the end of the month! The Heroes will reach out to interview and highlight those with the most unique collaborations.

What’s next for the SoundCloud Heroes Program

After doing a call-out for applications, we received some stellar ones and will introduce the next group of US SoundCloud Heroes on the blog this week! Trust us, you want to get involved with some of their collaboration ideas. By the end of the year, we’ll expand the program to bring on more new Heroes to represent cities outside of the US.

Finally, SoundCloud Heroes will also have the opportunity to share news from their own voice about the latest collaborations, meetups and sound projects they’ve been involved in with the community in a new blog series called Hello Heroes. Look forward to the first post next week!