Monthly Archives: September 2010

Marie Fun Friday: Meet Tobi Bielohlawek

This week, we introduce to you, Tobi Bielohlawek! He recently joined the SoundCloud app team. Find out more about this music/dance lover below!

So… how did you end up working for SoundCloud?

I came across SoundCloud the first time about a year ago, while searching for good music of course. You must know, I’m quite into swinging tunes, especially if they are spiced with some electronic beatz, and SoundCloud is just full of such kinds. Soon, it became my number one source for finding music and I started to recommend my discoveries on my (Electronic) Swing Blog.

By the time I left my last Job in Hamburg with Qype, it happened to be that SoundCloud was hiring. As I fancied moving to Berlin anyway, I couldn’t wait to apply and wooosh, now I’m happy to be part of the app developement team!

What kind of music are you lovin’ these days?

That’s a hard question to answer. As I said, I like it when it swings. Listening to the good ol’ ones, like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fritzgerald or Louis Prima, makes me smile – such music is so full of life and joy.

Recently, I enjoy music remixed as ‘Electro Swing’ or ‘Swing Beat’, which is perfect to dance crazy to. If it has some big and breaking Balkan influences, I just can’t stop dancing!

Do you have any favorite tracks on SoundCloud right now?

Oi, these questions don’t get any easier ;-) Well, Frohlocker, a duo from the South-West of Germany, are my all time favorite.

Hipbrass is just kick ass or Balkadan from Jerusalem, he shortly released “The Swing Redux”, which I like a lot:

Are you a musician? Do you play any instruments?

Honest answer, no. Well, my parents tried hard to push me into learning an instrument (fingers crossed they don’t read this), but unfortunately, practicing wasn’t my top priority. So, I guess it didn’t work out well and it would even be saying too much that I have more than basic piano and guitar skills :-)

But now, I figure, it wouldn’t be fun for musicians if nobody danced to their stuff, right? And that’s exactly the part I’m taking instead – dancing Charleston, Lindy Hop or crazy freestyle moves.

What do you like the most about working for SoundCloud so far?

I quite like the atmosphere, having great young people from all over the world around and seeing more and more musicians using the website to publish their music; it’s great. In addition, working on a product, which I use myself, all the time is great fun. This combined with positive feedback from our users is just perfect. So keep it coming ;-)

Thanks Tobi! Feel free to follow Tobi on Twitter @rngtng and check out his, as he would say “geeky”, blog!

Dave SoundCloud + TuneCore: Getting your music sold just got easier

Some music partnerships were always meant to happen. Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel, Sonny and err… Cher? Which is why a partnership between SoundCloud and TuneCore was always an inevitably. But what does that mean for you? Well it means that getting your music sold just got easier.

Here’s how you get started:

  • To enable the import feature, you need to sign up via the special landing page
  • Once you’re logged into TuneCore, create a new album or single via the Distribution menu
  • Connect your SoundCloud account by clicking the “Connect” button on the song adding page
  • When your account is connected, you can use the “Get Song from SoundCloud” button to import each track
  • We’ll do all the hard work getting your music from SoundCloud to TuneCore. And TuneCore will do all the hard work getting your music to commercial services like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and eMusic. You keep all your rights and 100% of your royalties. Simple.

    Click here to get started

    Marie Part IV of the SoundCloud Sessions with Athebustop

    For part IV of the SoundCloud Sessions, we have Athebustop.

    Recently moved to Berlin, Claudio Donzelli is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter from Italy. He performs under the name, Athebustop, with girlfriend Miriam Moroni. When the duo came to SoundCloud, they serenaded our team as the sun set in the background.

    Listen to the tracks below to get an idea of what it was like and head over to the SoundCloud Sessions Tumblr to watch the live videos of the two perform!

    We record SoundCloud Sessions as audio and video, and each session is added to the SoundCloud Sessions tumblr. To keep yourself updated on our sessions, you know the drill – follow us on Twitter, Tumblr and/or subscribe to this WordPress blog!

    Keep in mind, if you’re a musician coming to Berlin or already living in Berlin, send us a track to our DropBox below!
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