On Thursday of this week, we’ll be shutting down the option to go back to the Classic view of SoundCloud. We appreciate that this change is one that some of you would rather we not make, but to enable us to focus our energies on creating a more unified SoundCloud experience, it’s a necessary step.
There are an incredible number of complex engineering issues involved in running two SoundClouds at a global scale. As we’ve grown, the difficulties of keeping both sites stable and communicating with each other have also grown. With this transition, we are choosing to build for the future in a newer, more stable code base over maintaining aging code.
More than a year ago, we launched Next SoundCloud. At this point, many of the features from Classic SoundCloud have been moved over or relaunched, including Upload, Messages, and Stats. We are committed to improving existing features and are constantly developing new ways for people to discover music and audio and to connect artists with their audience.
Our dedication to the SoundCloud community remains our core value, right where it’s been since we launched back in 2008. We can’t emphasize enough how grateful we are for your passion and dedication as members of the SoundCloud community. You’ve been an integral part of making SoundCloud what it is today and you inspire us. We’re looking forward to everything that comes next.
Please check to make sure your browser is up to date before Thursday. If you need further assistance accessing your account related to this change after Thursday, please email us.
More than 6,400 entries later, the final winner of the Hans Zimmer Wants You!! Contest on SoundCloud is 22-year-old Daniel Suett from London. Daniel will now join the Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop studio full-time in Los Angeles. Hear his interview with Hans on NPR’s Weekend Edition here.
Daniel Suett is a 22-year-old composer from London who comes from a musical family as his father was a jazz trumpet player. “I would often listen to the things he was playing and work them out on a small keyboard I had when I was a child. From then on, I was always writing little phrases and it grew from there. I never took it seriously, however, until I was about 19.”
Daniel says the contest’s constraints made it the perfect creative challenge for him to utilize different musical styles. “I mostly tried to list all the genres and musical styles that some of the stems lent themselves well to, particularly the solo vocal as it had the most potential in terms of diversity. From there, it was a lot of playing around on the piano trying to see how fragments of the stems could be harmonically manipulated, and then matching up certain harmonies and colors with appropriate genres and styles.”
Stats on SoundCloud have been valuable to Daniel in reaching his audience and connecting with other musicians globally. “To be able to see such detailed statistics on your music and how you are connected over the globe is a very valuable tool. Thanks to SoundCloud, I now think there is no excuse for anyone who makes music to say that they don’t know how to reach an audience. When you have the available tools and flexibility, it makes you want to utilize it.”
Lastly, thank you to all the participants who showcased their tremendous hard work and creativity for this contest. We hope to hear more from you again.
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