Manchester-based band Delphic are pretty hot at the moment. With recent appearances on Jools Holland and making the BBC Sound 2010 shortlist they’re getting ready to release their debut Ewan Pearson produced album Acolyte on 11th January. Meanwhile they’re making all the stems from lead single ‘Doubt’ available for you to remix. Take a listen below and then read on…
There’s a bit of twist to the contest. In fact there are three twists…
1) You’ll need to scavenge the music blogosphere for all the best stems. Start the hunt on Electrorash blog. And actually it’s pretty easy from there.
3) The guys behind the Delphic site have built some rather wonderful wizardry using our API so that you can upload your remixes to the band directly and have added a natty little voting button next to each submitted track. Clever huh?
So it’s time to get busy! We’re looking forward to hearing what you do.
Now here’s a remix competition, but with a rather interesting twist. Joey Santiago and David Lovering from Pixies (one of the most influential American alternative rock bands of the late ’80’s) have a new band called The Everybody, and a new album called Avatar. As you’d come to expect nowadays they’re going to be doing some pretty cool things with the album release. And this is where you and SoundCloud come in…
The album is being made available exclusively at The Everybody website as a Creative Commons licensed, royalty-free package of lossless stems. The band are selling this package for $40 (via our friends at Topspin), which might at first sound like quite a bit but in fact you’re actually getting a lot. The stems are licensed and royalty free which means you can make your own version and (as long as you’re providing attribution back to the band) you can in theory make lots of money selling whatever you’ve created. We think that’s pretty badass!!
Not only that, but you can also submit your creation to SoundCloud for review by the band. Once David and Joey have had a chance to check out all of the tracks they’re going to choose the best of the best of these new creations and turn them into an album called The Everybody Else and release it as a limited-edition gatefold vinyl alongside the originals in Spring 2010.
So… what to do next?
1) Watch the highly entertaining infomercial (above)
2) Head on over to the band’s rather nice website to purchase the extended lossless album that comes with all the Creative Commons licensed royalty free stems
3) While you’re on the site don’t forget to pick up the free bonus tracks here
Don’t know about you but Wham’s Last Christmas gives me the creeps. Every year, over and over. Any time I enter a store while shopping for christmas, I’m all duck-and-cover in fear that this very song starts kicking in. Hopefully you feel the same and want to help changing that by producing The SoundCloud Christmas Song.
Sold? Check out the details & rules:
Needs to kick ass
With a twist of Christmas, obviously
Any musical style
Hilarious or serious (note: Last Christmas was serious business then, now it’s just hilarious – ridiculous actually – look at the picture!)
Under five minutes (remember: a great pop song is three minutes or less)
Submit until next Friday, Dec 18th (midnight CET)
One track per user
Needs to be an original production (read: you wrote it)
Needs to include the jingle embedded below
The SoundCloud staff will then listen to every submitted track and select one winner who will receive a yearly Premium account and see the track featured with an own blog post, tweet, Facebook, Tumblr… just in time for Christmas. The winning track will be the one that knocks our red socks off.