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David Fun Friday : Meet Matthias Georgi

This week we are happy to introduce you to someone who is not a stranger to different cultures, coding, hacking, building synthesizers and making sick beats. Please help me welcome Matthias Georgi to the team in Berlin!

Hej Matthias! Wie geht’s?

Großartig!

First, welcome to the SoundCloud team in Berlin! Can you tell us what your role entails and what you enjoy most about it so far?

As a developer I’m currently working in the app team. That means I fix bugs and implement new features on the actual website like a better Facebook integration. I really enjoy the fact that literally everyone at SoundCloud is brilliant in what they do. Looking over shoulders pays off every day and there are just too many exciting technologies I could learn from my coworkers.

Where are you from originally? I am sensing you are a native German, is this true? How do you like working in such an international office?

I was born in Munich and grew up in Darmstadt near Frankfurt. My father is German and my mother Korean, so I have a natural interest in other cultures. Working in an international office is really interesting and helps me to improve my language and communication skills.

What are your favorite things to do in Berlin so far and what do you like about the city?

What I love most is playing and listening to music and Berlin has lots of amazing musicians. Frequently I hang out with other electronic artists and collaborate on experimental sound projects. Another exciting thing about Berlin is that it is currently evolving into the next silicon valley, especially the area around the SoundCloud office.

How were you introduced to SoundCloud?

As a musician and producer, putting sounds online is one of the essential tasks. SoundCloud was my first choice since it didn’t force me to be part of a social network and offered the player with the best audio quality.

What do you like most about being a part of the SoundCloud team? 

Combining the two biggest passions in my life, sound and coding, has always been a dream of mine. The opportunity to create software that is being used by millions of users is just mind-blowing. And finally there is the so called Hackertime: From now on I can use 20% of my time to work on interesting side projects, for example check out my current project http://soundcutter.org, a web based multitrack audio editor using the new web audio api. Currently only working in Chrome.

What are your favorite sounds you have found while scouring SoundCloud? 

I’m a huge fan of the lesser known genre called Skweee, which originates from Skandinavia and Melkeveien is one of the best producers in this genre. Funnily there are only about 100 Skweee records in existence:

Finally, do you have any fun facts that we should know about?

I like soldering and building synthesizers, which I recently started together with my friend Andrew, who is also my partner in music. He lives in Glasgow and despite the 1000 miles between us we are really productive and therefore probably one of easyjet’s best customers. Check out our new album “Eaten by Clowns and Ridden by Devils”:

Where can we find you on the interwebz?

http://twitter.com/mgeorgi
http://soundcloud.com/ddecay
http://soundcloud.com/galife
http://soundcloud.com/voidnoise

Thanks so much for the great interview Mattias! Say hey to him below!

David Global Meetup Day Berlin ! : Recapping the Action

Man o man! Yesterday was such a hoot at the SoundCloud Headquarters here in Berlin! From 7pm to 10 pm we held our third annual Global Meetup Day! The evening started off with some yummy snacks and drinks + a lot of mingling and music from SoundCloud user Bennis Burke.

As the sun went down, @David spoke to the crowd and got those interested to sign up for the Sound Scavenger Hunt! The hunt took teams of five armed with the SoundCloud app to the streets to record a plethora of sounds. Some were hard to find (Ex: A Swan Attacking), some were super interactive (Ex: Singing a song as a group) and some were just plain FUN (Ex: The most interesting sound in the world!) – ALL were amazing! Listen to some below!


swedish accent from @niclahs by BerlinHunt2


S43 don’t use this on commerical at St. Oberholz by BerlinHunt4


At 9pm, all the teams reconvened on the roof terrace and we picked a winner! It was a close one, but Team Amor won – led by SoundCloud employee Tobi (other members included @bangpowwww, @discordianfish, @djlae, @fatadj, @mizeter ), with @Davids team following close behind!

After we gave out the prizes to the winners, we listened to our very own Project Matt spin some records late into the evening! Overall, we all had a blast and can’t wait until the next Global Meetup Day!! Thanks for being such an awesome Community and special thanks to SoundCloud user Christian Zebrowski for helping manage the Meetup!

Want to see some #scmeetup pictures from last night? If you attended the meetup or even if you missed out this time around, you can peep some of the pictures from the evening on Facebook here. Check them out and don’t forget to tag yourselves!

David Hello my name is SoundCloud, and it sure was nice to have met you!

Clear skies (no planes), sunshine, foods, drinks, great people, and a deck overlooking Berlin — what more can one ask for on a Saturday afternoon in April? Last Saturday we had a very successful inaugural SoundCloud meetup on the sun-deck of our cloudy Headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

About 50 of you made it out to spend some time with other Berlin-based users and most of the SoundCloud staff to talk about music, production, technology and the interwebs. It was great to finally meet some of you in person after having only known you “online” until Saturday.

We also witnessed an impromptu live session by SoundCloud user Onyx Ashanti who brought his Electronic Wind Instrument (connected to his iPhone for additional effects) and treated everyone with a fifteen-minute Beatjazz live improv’. Watch a short video of Onyx’s performance below:

It was great to catch up with all of you! Make sure to visit some of the attendee’s SoundCloud profiles: Michelle Owen, Gabor Molnar, Bleepstreet Records, Madeleine Bloom, Ric Colair, Santi Hernandez, Walter MarinelliShawn Balm.

I want to take this chance to thank all the users and potential users that came out and said “Hej”. See you soon for a second Berlin meetup! Pictures:

More pictures here and here and here!

We just confirmed more global meetups — next up is Amsterdam, London, Barcelona, Brisbane and Lyon. Check out our Meetups page for details and get in touch with us if you want to organize one in your city. It’s super-easy: select a date, a location and we’ll support you getting the word out to other users from your area.

(Photo Credits: Jan Berkel, Willy Rachow, JC Tu)