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Brendan New today: it’s easier and simpler to edit your tracks

New today for creators: you can now edit the artwork, tags, privacy settings, and permissions on several of your tracks at once. You can also add multiple tracks to existing playlists or create a new playlist with selected tracks.

SoundCloud Track Editing

It’s also now easier to find your older tracks fast by using the paging buttons located at the top right of the page.

To get to your tracks page, select “Tracks” from the navigation bar, or sign in to your account and go to https://soundcloud.com/you/tracks.

SoundCloud Tracks Menu

We hope these changes help you spend less time administering your tracks, and more time making them!

Jane Meet On SoundCloud Premier Partner Daytrip

On SoundCloud Premier Partner Daytrip is David Hugh Cosby and Denzel Baptise based out of New York City. The producing duo share how travel inspires their creations and how SoundCloud has been part of their musical journey.

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Please introduce yourself to the SoundCloud community.

We are Daytrip: two producers trying to make sense of the world and share our story through our music, our photos, and our words.

When we were younger, our creation was bounded by the expectations of the world around us. Our inspiration comes from the experience of discovering wider worlds—cultures, ideologies, artforms, and the infinite possibilities that accompany them. Through discovery, we built new mirrors to look at ourselves. Every song translates our emotions and reflections into sound. We create what we feel based on what’s around us. We are a product of each step into the unknown. We are wherever our music takes us…

How do you use SoundCloud?

SoundCloud is our hub. Through it, we’ve made friends, made discoveries, got excited, and got jealous. It’s where we test what we’ve created—what we’re proud of—with an audience for the first time. It enables us to give a part of ourselves out to the world. Our musical journey will live on SoundCloud as our travels take us to destinations unknown.

Describe your creative process. What is your set up like?

The whole truth is never fun—a little mystery keeps the flame alive. The world is our instrument. Sound is all around us. We start from there and build up.

How have you reached certain goals or steps in your career?

By not setting boundaries. Create something that’s yours and inspire others to follow.

What does it feel like to become a Premier Partner? Where do you want to take your career next?

We’re grateful to be working side by side with people that actually care about helping artists survive and live dreams. It has been nothing but love.

Who or what is inspiring you creatively? Are there people that you’d like to collaborate or work with?

On a whim we created Daytrip, the sudden spark to live for experiences and let discovery shape your character and your future. We took a risk. To abandon long-held beliefs that stunted growth; we wanted to see the world beyond our windows. We left New York City on our own flight… “Flight 43”… and we still come back. After all, it is the home we’ve built since we left our parents’ homes.

Our purpose unfolds and evolves with each new port of call. At each stop, we’ve found people excited to come onboard. We made it to Kingston, Jamaica. We partied. It was our first stop. Our song “Drop It” is that experience—the late nights, the bass-filled basements, the moving bodies. We made it to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We were woken up. We experienced a different way of life. We created “The Escape,” a musical encapsulation of the rollercoaster we experienced. Down in the trenches. In the heart of it. From the depths to a moment of release…freedom. To realizing it isn’t easy to escape. To realizing that only escape may be spiritual, a drug, a dream, real life, or death.

And now we’re onto our next journey of self discovery… And what that brings we will see. Right now we know the world is what inspires us. And anyone else who wants to discover more is welcome to join.

Any final thoughts?

Learn who you are before you change the world. Let the world teach you about the person you want to be and how you can positively affect those around you and those far beyond your corner of the globe. The possibilities are infinite.

Hear Daytrip’s latest track, “Up to the Crime,” with Vybz Kartel.

For more information on our creator partner program On SoundCloud, head over to on.soundcloud.com. To read more interviews from On SoundCloud Premier Partners, click here.

Jane Meet On SoundCloud Premier Partner POP ETC

We asked Christopher Chu of On SoundCloud Premier Partner POP ETCan indie rock band based out of Brooklyn, a few questions about their evolving sound and fans who keep them motivated to continue creating music.

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Photo by Nina Westervelt

Please introduce yourself to the SoundCloud community.

The name of our band is POP ETC, and it consists of me, my brother Jon, and our drummer Julian. We’ve been living in New York for a few years now, but all of us were raised in California (although I was born in Japan). I’m not really sure what kind of music we make… we’ve been making music for almost 10 years now, and we’ve changed quite a bit over the years. We are the kind of band that always likes to keep moving, and we don’t like to repeat ourselves. Or maybe I should say, we get bored and can’t write songs if we don’t continue trying new things all the time, so we have no choice but to keep changing.

How do you use SoundCloud?

I think the most important part is just making music that you believe in before you even think about putting it up on the internet anywhere. Our audience on SoundCloud has grown very organically, just from posting our songs, and we feel really happy to have them. We do check our stats and comments, as we like to see who the most dedicated fans are, so we can follow them back or message them to tell them how much we appreciate their support- I think that’s really important. There is also a lot of great music on SoundCloud that isn’t available anywhere else. I pretty frequently find cool demos and strange versions of songs that I don’t think I would have ever heard otherwise.

Describe your creative process. What is your set up like?

Pretty much everything we work on starts and ends at home. I have a small Pro Tools setup there–a BAE 1073 pre (Neve imitation), a couple mics, a Juno 106, OP-1, Telecaster and an 1176 compressor. The room isn’t treated and it sounds like shit, but I’ve worked in it long enough to know what the weird low/mid-end frequencies are actually doing. It’s really a blessing to have a home setup because we like to work every day. And because we’re familiar with the setup, we can work really fast.

How have you reached certain goals or steps in your career?

We are kind of control freaks, so honestly, we try to do everything ourselves–whether it’s making/producing our music, videos, art, running social media, etc., we like to do it all! It’s super important to us that when we look back at an album we’ve done or a video we made or whatever it is, that we feel like it’s true to what we wanted to express. That’s why we like recording at home, and even before I had my home setup, I worked at a studio (Different Fur in San Francisco) so I could work on our record there at a natural pace. We have a ton of super talented friends, too, so if we need people to help us out, that’s usually who we turn to.

I think I’ll always make music, just because it brings me so much joy, but it’s really the fans that keep us motivated to be a band. Being in a band is a lot more than just making music–all the promoting, touring, etc., but whenever those parts start to feel like a grind, the love our fans show us always keeps us going. The letters we get from people telling us how much our songs have affected them… it’s really just incredible and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I just feel super lucky to be able to get to do this every day.

What does it feel like to become a Premier Partner? Where do you want to take your career next?

Right now we’re just really excited to be putting out “Running In Circles” and more new music!! As for bigger picture stuff… we just really want to keep moving and trying new things. Whether that’s writing new kinds of songs, or playing in places we’ve never played before, or collaborating with new people… there are so many different things you can do with music and I feel like we’ve just gotten started. As far as the immediate future goes, I’d love to start touring a little more. We’ve been in the studio so much the last year or so, we’re itching to get back out there!!

We are hoping through this relationship, we can continue to do what we love, and that’s make music!

Who or what is inspiring you creatively? Are there people that you’d like to collaborate or work with?

Of course we’re inspired by the music we’re listening to… but lately I’ve felt more inspired by visual stuff. I love everything Ridley Scott does… Someone To Watch Over Me and Blade Runner in particular… we love Louis C.K. and his show… we love Twilight Zone…. everything by Woody Allen…

The past couple years I’ve worked on music in a more collaborative way than I ever have before. I ended up producing and co-writing a handful of records in Japan–some with a rock band from Hokkaido, and I also got the opportunity to work with this amazing composer I’ve loved for years now named Yoko Kanno, on some incredible soundtrack stuff. I just finished working on like 7 or 8 songs with the California band WATERS that I’m super stoked on (there are a couple out now on their SoundCloud that you can hear). I started some rad stuff with RAC that I’m excited about, too!

Hear POP ETC’s newest track, “Running in Circles.” For more information on our creator partner program On SoundCloud, head over to on.soundcloud.com. To read more interviews from On SoundCloud Premier Partners, click here.