The SoundCloud team was deeply saddened by the news of the recent Oakland Ghost Ship fire. The Ghost Ship collective workspace was home to a number of active members of the SoundCloud community, as well as friends of the SoundCloud team.
Communities like this, who come together to collaborate and share their love of music and art, are a driving force in pushing creativity forward in the world, and on SoundCloud. Internally, we have set up a collection to donate to the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts – an organization that has been supporting artist communities in the San Francisco area for 10 years. These funds will be used to help the families of those affected.
We encourage you to contribute what you can to support your fellow creatives. Click here to donate.
The tools needed to create and share great music can and should be open and accessible to everyone. To this end, we’re excited to announce that the recording studio at our Berlin HQ is now open to all artists, established and emerging alike, via Studiotime.io.
Studiotime.io is a platform that makes it easy for musicians to find and book studio space at the time, location and price that makes sense for them. The service gives artists access to the best studio spaces around the world, including, as of now, the state-of-the-art studio in our Berlin HQ.
So if you think you’ve got what it takes to become the next big thing or if you’ve ever dreamed of recording an album in the studio, join us in Berlin. Find a time that works, book the space and bring your best – we’ll handle the heavy lifting.
More than 6,400 entries later, the final winner of the Hans Zimmer Wants You!! Contest on SoundCloud is 22-year-old Daniel Suett from London. Daniel will now join the Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop studio full-time in Los Angeles. Hear his interview with Hans on NPR’s Weekend Edition here.
Daniel Suett is a 22-year-old composer from London who comes from a musical family as his father was a jazz trumpet player. “I would often listen to the things he was playing and work them out on a small keyboard I had when I was a child. From then on, I was always writing little phrases and it grew from there. I never took it seriously, however, until I was about 19.”
Daniel says the contest’s constraints made it the perfect creative challenge for him to utilize different musical styles. “I mostly tried to list all the genres and musical styles that some of the stems lent themselves well to, particularly the solo vocal as it had the most potential in terms of diversity. From there, it was a lot of playing around on the piano trying to see how fragments of the stems could be harmonically manipulated, and then matching up certain harmonies and colors with appropriate genres and styles.”
Stats on SoundCloud have been valuable to Daniel in reaching his audience and connecting with other musicians globally. “To be able to see such detailed statistics on your music and how you are connected over the globe is a very valuable tool. Thanks to SoundCloud, I now think there is no excuse for anyone who makes music to say that they don’t know how to reach an audience. When you have the available tools and flexibility, it makes you want to utilize it.”
Lastly, thank you to all the participants who showcased their tremendous hard work and creativity for this contest. We hope to hear more from you again.