Meet Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero: Will Coley

Meet Los Angeles SoundCloud Hero: Will Coley

After profiling our first set of SoundCloud Heroes, we continue our profiles of our newest SoundCloud Heroes who joined us at our SoundCloud Community Heroes Summit in San Francisco last weekend on April 6-8. Read our recap here.

Will Coley is an activist who has lived in LA for six years and a transplant originally from North Carolina. He helps non-profits use audio and other social tools to promote social justice. He’s helped numerous folks get started with SoundCloud to do so. Come out to the Global Meetup Day in Los Angeles on May 17!

What do you do? How do you use SoundCloud in your life?
I help nonprofit organizations and foundations with their social media content strategies. As a consultant, I figure out how to use digital tools to promote social justice and progressive movements. I’m big on using audio for the projects I’m involved in. I use SoundCloud for podcasting like documenting live community events and for my own radio storytelling.

What are your aspirations for the SoundCloud community in your city?
I’m really interested in meeting other SoundClouders and helping them connect with each other at meetups, skill-shares or listening events. I know there are lots of good stories in this big city: folks making great music or podcasts and using audio to build community. I’d also like to help musicians and podcasters collaborate in creating even more SoundCloud content: from artist interviews to scoring radio stories or podcasts.

What is your favorite place in the city and why?
I love the outdoors near LA (the beach, mountains and desert) but since they’re mostly outside the city limits, I guess I have to choose something else. I also like what’s temporary in LA: unique street scenes that Angelenos create outside their cars: the CicLAvia bicycle festival, the West Hollywood Halloween carnival, massive marches and demonstrations for immigrant rights and other causes, and even the spaces that street vendors and taco trucks create.

What is your favorite sound and why?
Besides the sound of rain (which is rare in LA), I love the call of freight trains rumbling in the distance. It seems like such a “out West” sound to me. I also have to admit that when I’m at Costco, I like eavesdropping on conversations of my fellow shoppers. You can hear a dozen different languages in the refrigerated area alone.

Where else can we find you on the web?
My website/blog is Aquifer Media
Twitter: @willcoley
I’m also on the Public Radio Exchange:

Anything else?
Check out examples of organizations that I helped get started with SoundCloud:
Detention Watch Network
Eastside LA Netsquared
Freedom from Fear Awards
Los Angeles Media Reform Group
NDLON’s podcasting
Rights Working Group

Interested in being part of this growing network of SoundCloud Heroes?
Read the program details here and apply at the link at the bottom of the post.

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