For our second Fun Friday of the day, please help me in saying a big “Hello” to Sarah Haswell, the fabulous music intern at the London office!
Hey Sarah! AKA, wassup?
Hej! … Who am I kidding, I’m not Swedish. SUP!
What’s your role? What do you like about it so far?
I’m the one and only music intern in SoundCloud’s London HQ. I’m working within the content team assisting with music relations. It’s a really expansive role, one day I’ll be talking to a festival, a PR company or a music school, then I’ll be chatting to smaller artists about how to make the most of SoundCloud for their audio sharing, right the way through to setting up remix competitions. My role is to help people effectively create, collaborate and share their audio content within the SoundCloud platform and the community and all the way across the interwebz.
Where are you originally from? How did the re-location work out for you?
I’m from North East of England. I moved to London in September last year and I’ve never looked back. I didn’t have much time to think about the re-location and how it would work out. I’d spent the majority of last year in Australia and within two weeks of returning to the UK I had an internship lined up, suddenly I was sleeping on someone’s floor and starting work the next day!
Sounds like the way to do it! This is a question I really love to ask, what kind of shows do you like going to?
The best this year so far have been Manchester Orchestra, Glassjaw, The Descendents and Saves The Day. I recently crawled back from Groezrock in Belgium which is one of the most awesome punk festivals out there, then there are some excellent weekenders coming up all over the UK such as K-Fest in London, Crash Doubt in Lincoln and Out Of Spite in Leeds.
What do you like about London so far?
It’s such a diverse city, no matter what you want to do London can provide it. If you want vegan tacos at 4am there’ll be somewhere in London that can provide. As for the music, jeez, I’m at shows pretty much every night of the week, there’s certainly no shortage of gigs. Plus the weather down here beats the north of England tenfold.
Any favourite music on SoundCloud right now?
- OK Pilot (UK based punk) http://soundcloud.com/ok-pilot
- Sakes Alive!!! (Punk rock from New York) http://soundcloud.com/sakesalive
So Sarah, what are some reasons that someone out there reading this should join the SoundCloud team?
We’re a small team in the London office but the communication between Berlin, San Francisco and ourselves is so stellar that you constantly feel involved. Every team member has something amazing to contribute and we all get excited over really awesome, nerdy stuff. We’re all on the same page and everyone puts in an enormous amount of effort for the company. When we’re not geeking out over an app or hack our attention turns towards I Can Has Cheezburger and our roflcopters take off. I feel really proud to be a part of such a uniquely brilliant group of people.
Excellent! Lastly, can you share some fun facts with us?
I run a music blog called Are You Noisy
Oh, and I freakin’ LOVE burritos.