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SoundCloud First beat to first break: Galimatias’ First on SoundCloud story

From day one, Galimatias was on SoundCloud. The Danish producer joined SoundCloud as a teenager and uploaded his first track within a month. He used the platform as a sounding board, tapping into the unique, ever-present community of creators for inspiration and motivation. “I met guys from all over the world,” Galimatias says. “We were arranging online beat battles with the comments. I had 0 followers but built my initial community through it.”

Yet there was one SoundCloud connection that impacted Galimatias’ career more than any other. In 2013, Cleveland singer Alina Baraz discovered Galimatias’ page and immediately responded to his hazy, bass-heavy instrumentals. She recorded her own melodies and lyrics over his beats and uploaded the results to her own SoundCloud. Despite the thousands of miles dividing them (Ohio is quite a ways away from Denmark), the two artists began to collaborate, eventually releasing an eight-song EP, Urban Flora, in 2015. Galimatias and Baraz’ unique blend of dreamy vocals and sultry R&B beats drew massive critical acclaim and received over 120 million plays on SoundCloud.     

Galimatias is currently working on his next solo release, experimenting with new ways to use his own voice and push the boundaries of electronic music and R&B. Wherever Galimatias’ journey takes him, we’re proud of where it all started – right here, on SoundCloud.

Listen to the latest music from Galimatias, including his newest track “South,” featured in the video above, on SoundCloud now.

SoundCloud First stream to first stadium: Kehlani’s First on SoundCloud story

Before Kehlani was R&B’s hottest emerging star, she was Oakland’s Kehlani Parrish, the fourteen-year-old lead vocalist for a local pop cover band, PopLyfe. The band auditioned for the sixth season of America’s Got Talent and eventually finished fourth, thanks in large part to Kehlani’s undeniable talent, but the group’s momentum stalled shortly thereafter. From 2012 to 2013, the struggling singer-songwriter combatted homelessness, crashing on couches and stealing food to survive.

But one upload changed the trajectory of Kehlani’s career. In 2013, the singer joined SoundCloud and released her first solo track, “ANTISUMMERLUV.” The song immediately made waves and found its way to former AGOT host Nick Cannon, who set Kehlani up with some studio time. Just a year later, Kehlani dropped Cloud 19, her debut and breakthrough mixtape. Cloud 19 gained millions of SoundCloud plays and attracted fervent critical acclaim, being hailed as one of Complex’s “50 Best Albums of 2014” and prompting Vice to name Kehlani an “R&B Artist on the Verge of Blowing Up.”

Kehlani now has a record deal with Atlantic, a successful full-length album (SweetSexySavage), an opening spot on Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled’s North American tour, and two Grammy nominations to her name. And she continues to slay on SoundCloud – just last month, Kehlani shared an intimate acoustic track called “Again” on her page, quickly amassing over 800,000 plays. Wherever Kehlani’s journey takes her, we’re proud of where it all started – right here, on SoundCloud.

Listen to the latest music from Kehlani on SoundCloud now.

SoundCloud First message to first mixtape: Witt Lowry’s First on SoundCloud story

Witt Lowry has always been a writer. Growing up, the Connecticut artist spent his time compiling original poems or memorable snippets of conversation in a notebook and taking as many writing courses as his high school offered. His name even has literary origins — the rapper, born Mark Richard. Jr, dubbed himself Witt Lowry after flipping through a dictionary and stumbling across the passage for the word “witty.” This passion for writing and language eventually led Lowry to quit his graphic design job in his early twenties and pursue a career in music.  

The rapper dropped his debut mixtape, Headphone Heroes, on SoundCloud in 2012 and soon attracted attention for his poignant lyrics and nuanced subject matter. After growing his audience with a series of stellar full releases and thoughtful music videos, his most recent album, I Could Not Plan This, easily skyrocketed to the top of the hip hop charts. With a hit album and nationwide tour under his belt, 2018 is gearing up to be Lowry’s biggest year yet. Wherever Lowry’s journey takes him, we’re proud of where it all started – right here, on SoundCloud.

Listen to the latest music from Witt Lowry on SoundCloud now.