Jane Meet On SoundCloud Premier Partner Boombox Cartel

On SoundCloud Premier Partner Boombox Cartel is electronic music duo Jorge Medina and Americo Garcia based out of Los Angeles. They share how SoundCloud is their “go-to music platform” and how creating a song completely different from what’s envisioned can be the greatest part of the creative process. 

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Please introduce yourself to the SoundCloud community.

We are Boombox Cartel. We’re the cool type of Cartel.Boombox Cartel started two years ago in Minneapolis, MN but we are now based out of Los Angeles, CA. Boombox Cartel is an electronic music duo and we don’t like to necessarily categorize our music under any genre but the fact that it’s bass music, or even for the sake of it call it what it is, Electronic Dance Music. EDM. And if anybody had never heard of us, I would tell them to go check it out NOW! Maybe invite them for some tacos too.

How do you use SoundCloud?

SoundCloud is a very powerful platform where every aspiring, up-and-coming artist exposes their music, and it helps them build a crowd or a fan base. We 100% use it as our go-to music platform, but it’s also amazing to find music you’d never even expect you’d ever hear in your entire life.
The visual player is great too. The last few updates have been a success for sure!

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

At this point, any song or sound you hear is pretty much an excuse to gain inspiration to create something new and then the ideas start flowing progressively, especially after the main concept is already written. The greatest part is when the idea starts to change and take a different direction throughout the making of and you end up with something completely different than what you expected to in the beginning.

There really isn’t a standard creative process though. It’s not like a cooking recipe that you just follow the instructions and voila, a song comes out of the oven! You can start with the drums, or with the melodies, or even with some crazy sound sometimes, it really is different almost every single time.

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

In this industry, it’s all about being unique, being the odd one out so you stand out. That’s what catches people’s eye! If you create something different, something that nobody has ever heard and you’re good at it, they start associating anything that sounds even remotely similar to it to you.
Another key ingredient in the industry is to know the right people.

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

It feels great! It was a very exciting moment for us when we became a Premier Partner. Definitely made us feel very special. The profile looks super sharp and better than ever!

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

Inspiration is everywhere. As far as collaborations, there’s always people that as an artist you look up to and would love to work with as well as insanely talented up-and-coming producers. Or even doing some crazy collaboration with somebody from the indie rock side of the industry would be really cool!

Any final thoughts?

Thank you for considering us for the interview! :)

Hear Boombox Cartel’s latest track “B2U”

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Ben UNESCO: celebrating World Radio Day 2015

We’re happy to be sharing this guest post by our friends at UNESCO. 

Today, the world will be coming together to mark World Radio Day 2015. It’s an occasion to celebrate everything we love about radio, as well as encourage free, independent, and pluralistic radio. It’s also a time to take stock of the changes facing the radio sector and discuss what we want it to look like in the future.

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This year young women and men will receive special attention – the theme for 2015 is ‘Youth and Radio’, with the goal of promoting greater radio production for young people made by young people themselves. More than half of the world’s population is under 30, and young people already make a huge contribution to what we hear on the radio, though it often goes unnoticed.

They’ve also been the driving force behind a tectonic shift in the media industry as a whole. The global revenue from online radio has grown exponentially from just US$28m in 2003 to well over $800m in 2013. Studies show young people now listen to the radio online just as often as on traditional radios. And, even in developing countries, more and more people access the radio through mobile phones. It’s fair to say we need to look to young people as the shapers of what radio will be in the decades to come.

In a world where youth unemployment is still almost three times the overall rate, many young people are struggling to find work in their chosen fields. In the radio sector, they often have no other choice than to take casual or freelance work, or even head off to prove themselves in high-risk conflict and disaster zones. These journalists, along with the local fixers who assist them, often have very little protection from the media organizations that rely on them for information.

First celebrated in 2012 following its proclamation by UNESCO, World Radio Day has since grown to become a major international celebration, endorsed by the UN General Assembly and bringing together people from every corner of the globe.

Radio is a fantastic medium with an incredible ability to touch lives in some of the most remote places in the world – more than 95% of the world has access to it. This World Radio Day, let us join the call to bring young people into the fold, to ensure radio lives up to its massive potential to bridge generations.

Hear more on the World Radio Day Soundcloud page.

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!