Jane Meet On SoundCloud Premier Partner GoldLink

On SoundCloud Premier Partner GoldLink has been making waves as a rapper out of the DMV area with only only one album The God Complex under his belt. Find out about his favorite instrument and how he uses SoundCloud to learn about his fans and collaborate with other artists.

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Please introduce yourself to the SoundCloud community.

Hi, I’m GoldLink. I’m 21 and I’m based out of the DMV. I’m an artist who creates everything I think of in mind. If you like Tame Impala and Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, you’d love me.

How do you use SoundCloud?

I use SoundCloud as a main platform source for my music to be heard. The repost feature makes it easier for collaborations with other artists. The most important tool I use from SoundCloud is the statistic and analytical part. It helps me pinpoint fans, strengths and weaknesses very easily.

Describe your creative process. What is your set up like?

I work out of a small studio in my neighborhood. That’s where I feel the most comfortable creating. My creative process is very sacred and it’s consistent within the camp. I want to say my favorite instrument is the electric triangle.

How have you reached certain goals or steps in your career?

SoundCloud was very important in my early success and still is until this day and forever will be. SoundCloud was the platform that allowed me to be creative as far as showing people what I wanted them to see. I learned about my fans from SoundCloud – what they liked, what they loved, what they didn’t like and what they need. SoundCloud help further my career.

What does it feel like to become a Premier Partner? Where do you want to take your career next?

I’m honored. I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits of being a Premier partner of SoundCloud. Sounds amazing!

Who or what is inspiring you creatively? Are there people that you’d like to collaborate or work with?

Something that stuck with me that inspired me to be where I am today was Beck’s “Hell Yes” video. Just an amazing idea that was way ahead of its time. A memorable collaboration I’ve had on SoundCloud would be the Chet Faker collab. Just a great guy and great artist.

GoldLink’s new music video of “Sober Thoughts” is out today. Stream the track below on SoundCloud.

For more information on our creator partner program On SoundCloud, head over to on.soundcloud.com. To read more interviews from On SoundCloud Premier Partners, click here.

Brendan How to use your SoundCloud Stats: The basics

Using the information in your SoundCloud Stats is one of the best ways to build your audience: checking them on a regular basis can tell you which tracks your audience is responding to and where your plays are happening. Each data point represents a person interacting with your work, whether they found you on SoundCloud or elsewhere on the web through shares or embeds of your tracks.

After signing in, navigate to your Stats by clicking “view all” on the stats module on the right side of your profile, by clicking “more stats” if you’re looking at one of your tracks, or through the drop down menu in the header:

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Your stats landing page shows your your recent plays, likes, comments, reposts, & downloads on all your uploads. The time period defaults to the last 7 days, but you can adjust that to reflect a variety of custom time periods by clicking the arrow next to the date range.

The arrows at the bottom of the top section of the stats landing page enable you to easily go backwards or forwards through time. You can pick the time span — if you set the default time range for a week, then you’ll page by week. If you set it by month, you’ll page by month, and so on.

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The list of your tracks right below the date range is ordered by the most plays received during the time period you’ve selected. Hovering on the name of a track will highlight the portion of the graph that represents the stats for that track.

When you click on a different stat total, the list of tracks will change to reflect information about the stat in question. For example, clicking on “28 Likes” in the above image would change the list of tracks to show your most liked tracks during the chosen time period.

If you’re interested in seeing the stats on just one track, that’s possible too — clicking the track name will bring you to a series of graphs showing the stats for that track over the time period you’ve set. You can adjust the date range from this view as well.

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To go back to your stats landing page, just click on the word “Stats” on the top left.

From the stats home screen, you can also further break things down by type of engagement, rather than on a track-by-track basis click on the words Plays, Likes, Comments, Reposts, and Downloads at the top of the graph. Hovering over the bars in the resulting graph will show you the tracks driving the stat in question.

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It’s important to regularly check your stats to track your progress. Keep in mind that the more tracks you upload, the more information you’re likely to see in your stats.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts where we’ll show you how to analyze the information in your stats. If you’re interesting in more stats than the free plan offers, check out one of our Pro plans.

 

Duana Stanley Celebrating Rails Girls at SoundCloud

For the second year in a row, SoundCloud offered an internship to women who participated in the Rails Girls Summer of Code. Our three interns this year were Brigitte Markmann, Caroline Visto Nunes, and Michelle Veronese. They were coached by eight SoundCloud engineers.

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Rails Girls Interns Caroline, Michelle and Brigitte (from top left) and SoundCloud coaches Dennis, Matthias, Brian, Ellen, Erik and Duana.

 

In just four months, the interns created SoundDrop: a mobile app to connect stories to places. We instilled our values of agile software development, teaching them practices like user stories, continuous delivery and guerilla user testing. We ran daily standups and fortnightly retrospectives. The internship concluded with a company-wide demo. Check out their app here.

We were really impressed with their progress and their voracious appetite for learning. The learning flowed in both directions: the SoundCloud engineers found the mentoring a rewarding experience. By providing internships to Rails Girls participants, we are providing the next step in the software career of these talented women. We are proud to support Rails Girls Summer of Code again this year and hope you will too!