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Jane Congratulations to the finalists of the Hans Zimmer Wants You!! contest

Hans Zimmer Wants You Contest Finalists

Congratulations to the three finalists of the Hans Zimmer Wants You!! contest on SoundCloud. We first announced this exciting contest back in January. After receiving more than 6,000 entries, Hans Zimmer and the Bleeding Fingers Music Shop have announced the three finalists:

Hear their submissions in the set below:

A message from Hans Zimmer himself:
“Response to our contest has been beyond all expectation with an outstanding level of talent and we received an overwhelming number of potential winning entries. While we could only choose three finalists, we discovered many more outstanding composers and plan to reach out to as many as possible! So, even if you didn’t win – don’t be disheartened – there’s still a chance you could work with Bleeding Fingers!

I need to say an enormous thank you for your generosity, it is clear that many midnight candles have been burnt and much passion poured into a mind blowing torrent of music. I continue to be astounded by the diversity, ingenuity and commitment to your art. While listening, we quickly realized that art and music cannot be judged like a bicycle race or a football game. Music needs to be lived with for a while, music sometimes takes time to be discovered by us in ourselves. We had many thousands of entries, all with a strong point of view, filled with creativity. None of this feels like it was done casually or in haste. So I don’t want to be casual about it either and be respectful of the ideas, the efforts of fellow artists and let this become more of a dialogue between us all into the future than an end to a conversation that’s just starting to get interesting.” – Hans

The three finalists will now have the opportunity to interview at the studios in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more information about these finalists and the contest here on the blog, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

Brendan Interviews From the SoundCloud Clubhouse at SXSW 2014

The SoundCloud Clubhouse at SXSW is a yearly opportunity to see the ecosystem of SoundCloud come to life. In this group of clips from a series of interviews we conducted at the SoundCloud Clubhouse, hear many perspectives on SoundCloud from a variety of community members including Hefna Gwap, Joe Kay of Soulection, 7th and Waldo of AGO, Ryan Hemsworth, Kris Orlowski, Spazzkid, Cyra Morgan, and Yalls.

 

Brendan SoundCloud Clubhouse at SXSW 2014 Wrap Up

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Whew! We’re just back at SoundCloud HQ after three amazing days at the SoundCloud Clubhouse, all thanks to the artists and music & comedy fans who converged at South By Southwest to join us in a celebration of the SoundCloud community.

This was our first year as an official venue: with the help of some incredible designers and a lot of orange (our favorite color) we transformed the Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street into the SoundCloud Clubhouse for three days and nights of performances from major artists and emerging talents across all kinds of genres.

Wednesday night, headlined by Zed’s Dead, was bass and drop heavy, with supporting sets from Ryan Hemsworth, Tourist, RAC, RÜFÜS DU SOL and the comedy variety show of Imaginary Radio.

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Zed’s Dead

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Ryan Hemsworth

Daytime sets on Thursday and Friday featuring emerging musicians from the SoundCloud community included Starlight Girls, AGO (Waldo, Sango, Joose, The SEVENth, Famous Ame), Hefna Gwap, Heidi Harris, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Kris OrlowskiCyra Morgan, Black & White YearsYalls, and Spazzkid.

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Thursday night was our hip hop showcase, headlined by SchoolBoyQ and packed from the moment it kicked off. Earlier sets featured Chuck Inglish, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Two-9, and London-based rapper Little Simz. Comedian TJ Miller opened the night with an act that included The Hot 8 Brass Band playing New Orleans funk, fake cops, an auction for an inflatable astronaut, and a “spontaneous” Korean dance crew break.

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 SchoolBoy Q 

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TJ Miller

We closed things out on Friday with a long set from Classixx that lasted until 2 am. Supporting were a fantastic mix of indie and electronic influenced acts including Lemaitre, Panama, The InternetKaytranada, and Touch Sensitive.

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 Lemaitre

We also had a chance to connect with many of our featured artists during sound checks and interviews in the green room. The one thing they all had in common? How hard they are all working on their careers, with the SoundCloud community as a major part of the process, helping them grow professionally and creatively. Keep an ear out on our social channels — we’ll be sharing interviews we taped at the Clubhouse in the coming weeks. You can see more pictures from throughout the week on our Instagram or on Facebook and Google +.

The SoundCloud Clubhouse could never have happened without many, many amazing people who made it a success. Our thanks go out to everyone: SXSW, the Austin Police Department, and the Lustre Pearl staff, Anthony Georgis, Houndstooth Studios, Transmission Events, all of the incredible musicians and comedians, everyone in the energetic crowds each night, and anyone that stopped by the Clubhouse. Thanks for being a part of the SoundCloud community. We’ll see you next year.