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David Just another day at the SoundCloud office…

It all started at the end of 2007, probably after another mad night out in Berlin: what if we would be able to turn the SoundCloud office into a club?
The idea was nurtured for a few months, some research was made (where to get the drinks? How late could we do before the police comes?), but we felt we needed an “excuse” to throw a party and turn our office upside down…

Then it all dawned upon us a month ago: SoundCloud will soon be open to the public (at least you’ll be able to listen to tracks that are public if you’re not a member) so why not organize a party to celebrate that? Since the weather was getting warm, we thought it was a killer idea to have the party on the Terrace of the office with a back-to-back showcase session of sorts.

So we began working on the event, making the craziest line-up on the planet (25 acts in 14 hours!), booking flights for artists outside of Germany, finding accommodations, getting drinks and food…basically learning in a few days how to organize a one-day festival on a terrace in Berlin Mitte.

It was hard work (we got no more love for the suckers at Robben & Wientjes by the way) but on sunday the 11th of may at 14.00, we finally managed to open our office doors (actually took them off the hinges) to let people in and start enjoying our first SoundCloud party!

From the rooftop (Photo by Tim)

I was still busy checking out the Soundsystem so I didn’t have time to Dj as Quarion, but everything was ready for Der Klaus to hit the Wheels Of Steel (via Traktor) with his impeccable Deep House selection. 30 mins later and Andre Lodemann was on, dropping House gem after House gem as the sun was blazing and the Terrace was filling up…

Der Klaus (Photo by Alex)

It was already 16.00 when Top Berlin promoter Daniel Best introduced avant-garde Techno act Cloud who blessed us with a world premiere airing of his next release. As people started getting their drinks and chilling on the roof, it was time for vinyl addict Hauke Freer to play a great House set, followed half an hour later by Michelle Owen who spinned a top notch selection of minimal groovy house.

Snax rocking the crowd (Photo by Alex’s unknown friend)

The roof is on fire (Video by Klaus)

The terrace and roof were getting more and more crowded when Snax hit the stage at 17.30. As the first live act of the day, he totally turned the place out with his amazing performance and people were definitely on a party mode when Exit Ghost started playing a tasteful selection of disco and house.
But then our worst fear suddenly materialized as people from the “Polizei” made their appearance: they stopped the music and threatened to shut down the party!

Police in da house (Photo by Joachim)

But as it turned out the Police was mostly concerned about the people hanging out on the roof, so they agreed to let us continue partying as long as we moved the sound system inside our office and restrained our friends to climb up on the roof…phew!

Unfortunately, it took us some time to move all the equipment inside and the music schedule was getting seriously delayed as DJ Humus stepped behind the decks and blessed us with a proper House selection. It also took a while for people to move on the dancefloor because the weather was just too good to be inside…

But the place was slowly getting packed as the sun was setting down and Dirk Rumpff was playing awesome music. Hunee definitely had the dancefloor grooving to his intense disco set when Eric introduced Cornelia and her lovely Electro hip-Hop Popsongs. Her show captivated the audience and most of the people were now in the office, grooving to the beat, having fun, eating sandwiches and drinking warm beer (the fridge was opened too often to cool the drinks down).

Cornelia sparkles (Photo by Alex)

Trickski stepped up 30 minutes later to play a fresh and bouncy House set, quickly followed by a top notch minimal house selection by Noema. It was then time for Jack Migger to perform his rock-oriented material to a mesmerized crowd and the mic was still hot when Little Jinder presented her sweet and sour electropop songs.

Just as the bar was running out of alcoholic drinks (which forced Eric and Alex to make multiple emergency excursions to the nearest 24/7 shop that night), Kalle Kuts exploded the dancefloor with a skillful Boogie, Funk and Disco set. The SoundCloud office was beginning to heat up as the crowd let loose to Le Choix‘s punchy Techno live act.

It now seemed as the party would never end and the situation was getting a bit out of hand: more and more people managed to sneak on the roof so we were all hoping that our partycrashers friends at the Polizei would not pay us another visit…

Night people (Photo by Alex)

But the party was going strong nevertheless, thanks to a blinding set by Techno artist Mesak and a soulful mix by jazzy house Maestro Fabio Genito. It was around two in the morning when the Bookhouse Boys dropped a great live performance but sadly, the delay between acts was now so big that
Barbara Hallama and Ben Mono were running late for other duties and had to cancel their performances.
The crowd was also starting to leave as Booty bass heroes Yeah Fool! attacked the decks with their uncompromixing blend of electro, Baile Funk and mash-ups.

Then, just as the SoundCloud DJ team was about to start, the police made a second (and final) appearance, strongly advising us to stop the music if we didn’t want to have our soundsystem confiscated. The party was dying out anyway so we figured we would stop everything now and not get into more trouble…
The last people left our office calmly as we began to close our office down: a lot of cleaning work was waiting for us the next day because our office looked totally trashed out!
But it was all worth it as we all felt we had the party of the year! How to top this? And what a fantastic crowd too! Big thanks to all of you for coming by!

PS. 100:s of more party pictures here.

Eric Startup mode adventures

ChairsDoing a startup is great fun because you get to face all kinds of strange challenges, from speaking to high profile German lawyers about incorporating a UK company run by a bunch of Swedish internet kids in the most complex tax system in the world to hustling with the Deutsche telekom (You liars!) to hacking Javascript over broken wifi while fending off thieves who try to steal our hardware to listen to great unreleased techno to… moving office chairs through the rainy streets of Berlin. Which we did today.

Chairs 2Our cheap chairs were slowly killing our backs so it was well worth it. Nice Sirkus chairs directly shipped from Stockholm. They cost around 14 times more than our old chairs but we had them given to us by a well-meaning senior internet guy. Thanks!

David Some news from the inside

Another week, another 100 users! Looks like we’re going to pass the 800 mark by the time you read this…The last 2 weeks have been quite crazy, with people from various parts of the world signing in (from the States to China) and also a heavy dose of some of the best house producers around (Franck Roger, Rocco, The Pasta Boys…)! We have to thank mostly our Italian friends at Degoba Records for kick-starting a whole snow-balling movement with the House scene’s involvement in SC. Grazie Mille!

At The Office

Speaking of SoundCloud (what else?), we’re cooking up a lot of nice features for 2008: first of all is the universally-requested “Search user” function. Yes, it’s finally coming! Just hold on a few more weeks…

A lot of you have also asked for a possibility that would enable the user to change the order of the tracks appearing on his profile: our top-notch programmers are working on a new feature called “sets” which will enable users to group their tracks (like albums) and thus reordering tracks how they’d like to..

“Sets” will also allow you to group your favourite music from other artists in SoundCloud and let your friends know what you like at the moment. Kinda like a DJ set or like one of those old mixtapes you used to do in School for your classmates (“Henri’s Straight From Brooklyn Selection” or something)…

Anyway, more news coming up soon so in the meantime, keep sending your remarks, wishes, critics, ideas and tips to feedback@soundcloud.com!