From his humble beginnings as an acoustic songwriter in Michigan to his recent move to Chicago, Candle Nine is always immersing himself in the aesthetic of reinvention. Hear his tracks below!
This Friday, we’re saying hello to Daniel Bornkessel, a new addition to the backend development team. Learn all about him below:
How are you?
Fantastic: First day in the year I could bike to work without the need of a jacket (and gloves and all the other winter-crap).
Where are you from? How’d you end up here in Berlin?
I am from the world famous “Sauerland”, a very rural, low mountain range area in the middle-west of Germany (for our beer experts: close to the Warsteiner/Veltins/Krombacher breweries ;) ). After a 10-year detour over Bavaria (Nuernberg / Erlangen) and several stops in other countries for internships and jobs, I finally ended up in Berlin, which I think is currently one of the best cities I could imagine myself living in, it even ceased my ambition to go abroad again.
What’s your role here and what do you enjoy about it?
I am a backend developer and currently work in a team whose name is a moving target: Depending on unpredictable rules we call it “Internal Tools” / “Content Team” or “Admin Team”, we are still figuring that part out. We do all kinds of things, most of them not directly visible on the main SoundCloud page.
I enjoy the use of very edgy technologies and the Start-Up-ish pragmatics: Teams can organize themselves as they wish and don’t have to follow specific policies that would slow down the solution of the current problem you are working on.
Do you have any tracks you’re currently into on the ‘Cloud?
I eagerly wait for any new tracks of the new Smashing Pumpkins TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE… well … “album?”
Furthermore I like to listen to stuff done by GMM …he seems to be quite crazy and does some fun mixing.
Apart from that, I like almost every kind of music, browse around and listen to different stuff.
One/two/three reasons why someone should join SoundCloud?
Sure, easy one: Great and very smart people, great product, great community all combined with a very international atmosphere and all the normal fun stuff of a small startup … it’s a company you really like to identify yourself with — and by the number of SoundCloud-Stickers everybody here puts on his laptops, bags, etc. it seems that everybody else sees it the same way.
Do you have any fun facts we should know about?
I seriously love to eat. Good quality food of course but also simple stuff (bread + something), fast food, junk food, fruits, salads, soups — mostly everything apart from cucumbers … if I am out to eat and I don’t like the food I get really, really grumpy (ask my girlfriend about it :) )
As I use “kesselborn” as my username in most services, a lot of people don’t know whether my real surname is “bornkessel” or “kesselborn” … in my last company I even had both email addresses.
For our twentieth SoundCloud Local feature, we’re virtually stopping by the wonderful city of Moscow, Russia. We had a hard time narrowing the post down to only five users but check out the ones we decided on!
Malefique Beatmaker, Malefique’s goal is to make tracks that will make you think, laugh and perhaps, even long for something. Each song was inspired by a separate story with different feelings behind it, which will hopefully make you feel something as well. You can hear his tracks below and see how you feel after.
Dmitry Evgrafov 17-year-old pianist and composer, Dmitry Evgrafov, recently released his debut 5-track EP called Lying On Your Shoulder. The EP was recorded while studying Sound Design in Moscow and blends intimate piano parts with delicately evocative string arrangements. It’s quite impressive, especially considering Dmitry’s age!
Coockoo Coockoo is a young and eccentric, alternative rock band, based in Moscow. A year after foundation, they recorded their debut album Cosmoventura. They gained quite a following in the underground Russian music scene after they released their provocative single “Groupies’ Anthem (F.U.C.K.)”.
Fresh Produce Feel like dancing? If you answered yes, check out Fresh Produce. This dance act has a world of love and energy waiting for you behind each song. There is a vast amount of tracks on their page that you can get happy to, with extended versions and more. Click the link below or listen to the tracks in the player.
Nameless Dancers Nameless Dancers is a studio group, organized and produced by the musician and poet Evgenij V. Kharitonov (EugeneKha). The project was born in 2009 in Moscow on the basis of White Art Studio. The music of this collective is described as a specific synthesis of live, acoustic tools and digital sound.
To all SoundCloud users, check out Meetup.com to see if a SoundCloud event is coming your way, or start your own! Take a look at our SoundCloud Local features to see if your area has been under the spotlight yet.