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Brendan Meet On SoundCloud Premier Partner Stick Figure

On SoundCloud Premier Partner Stick FigureWelcome to a new blog series – Meet On SoundCloud Premier Partners – where we’ll be interviewing the first SoundCloud creators invited to be a part of the Premier level of On SoundCloud, our creator partner program. Premier partners can choose to monetize their tracks in the U.S. and share revenue generated on SoundCloud. We’ve been expanding the number of artists in the Premier Partner level since we launched On SoundCloud in August.

Our first interview is with California-based Scott Woodruff, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who performs as Stick Figure.

Introduce yourself to the SoundCloud community:

I make dub reggae music, but more than a genre, I make music that makes you feel good. It’s about capturing everything that is beautiful in this world, a special feeling or mood that elevates the mundane into the majestic, and putting that in the form of a song. I try to make music that is both relatable and accessible, that can remind you of a feeling or an experience or even a color, or another song and how that song made you feel at that time in your life. Hopefully that brings a smile to your face or bounce to your step throughout the day.

How do you use SoundCloud?

First and foremost, I use SoundCloud to listen to my favorite bands. It’s also my discovery tool. I have come across artists on SoundCloud and gone on to collaborate with them in the creation of new music. Its also the ideal platform for my music to be accessible to the world, from format to functionality, it just works.

Describe your creative process: 

It all starts with a feeling I draw from my experiences out on the road and in this world. I try to capture that feeling back in my studio at home. I have every instrument in my studio and they all play their role in the finished product. I’ll jump from the keyboard over to the bass and back to the drums until everything is perfect. I feel most in my element when turning these feelings that everyone has into music everyone can experience.

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

Staying consistent with output has been the biggest factor in my growth. The new music allows for fans to be built organically, without any gimmicks. Motivation and passion are also essential. You have to be all in with every part of your being or it is impossible to make a career in music. As you grow your career, the right people will come along to assist the growth and you just have to trust your gut on who to work with as opposed to the glitz or promises. When reaching out, I find it’s best to keep it short and sweet and let the quality of your product speak for itself.

Where do you want to take your career next?

I have been using SoundCloud since day one, so it is a huge honor to be a Premier Partner. I look forward to supporting the platform during its evolution and growth. As long as I am able to keep writing and performing music every day, that’s all I ever wanted for my career.

Are there people that you’d like to collaborate or work with?

I would love to work with Kyle from Slightly Stoopid, Eric from Rebelution, Barrington Levy and Alpha Blondy. I would have given anything to work with Gregory Isaacs, his passing was a huge loss for reggae and music as a whole.

Anything else? 

Big up to [SoundCloud employees] Ted Suh, Jane Shin and Kush Arora for believing in Stick Figure and treating Reggae music as a genre worthy of attention. Reggae has existed on the margins for so long its amazing to see people gravitating towards the good vibes recently, both in support for my music, but also with Chronixx being on Jimmy Fallon, in the Magic! song “Rude” hitting number one in the country with a straight reggae beat, and the support for the live shows we have experienced touring amphitheaters with Rebelution this summer and playing huge reggae-centric events like Cali Roots. Thank you so much for the support!

 

Here’s a recent Stick Figure track, called Livin’ It. 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 right here.

 

 

Eric Big news: today, our all-new iPhone app is ready for you.

When we say all-new, we mean all-new. Designed and built from scratch. Easy and natural to use while you are out and about. Something that lets you hear more of what you want to hear.

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So what makes the app special? It’s beautifully simple. You can control everything with your thumb. Tap anywhere to play and pause. Swipe to skip tracks. Slide along the waveform to explore a track and its artwork. Easy.

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Tracks and playlists you’ve liked, and the playlists you’ve created, can all be found under the ‘You’ tab. The new home screen makes it easier to find new things you’ll love — your stream, trending artists, tracks and genres are all there. Use the new Search to play tracks directly from the Search page, or to follow a user you’ve discovered. And see the likes, playlists and posts of any user right up front on their profile — nothing is hidden behind tabs.

As we focused on making the best possible listening experience, we decided to remove the Record button. For those of you who want to record and post audio to SoundCloud from your phones, Retronym’s new AudioCopy app is a great solution. (If you have recorded sounds stored on your iPhone, please read this before installing the new app.)

Collaboration is at the heart of SoundCloud, so we invited users like you to give feedback along every step of the process, speaking to all kinds of people about what would make the best SoundCloud app. Keep the feedback coming: we’d love to hear from you as we continue the ongoing process of developing the app.

Learn more about what you can do with the app.

Or you can dive straight in and download it from the App Store. 

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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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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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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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.