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SoundCloud Fat Cat Recordings: The DropBox Feature

An independent label based in Brighton on England’s South Coast, FatCat Records started as a shop in Crawley (then London) specialising in all forms of electronic music. Now an established label, FatCat releases an eclectic range of music on their two sub-labels (Splinter series: Silje Nes, Animal Collective, Our Brother The Native. 130701 Records: Max Richter, Hauschka, Sylvain Chauveau, Set Fire To Flames) as well as their main FatCat label (Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Vashti Bunyan, David Karsten Daniels, Nina Nastasia…). FatCat are now 21 years old, and in the heart of a typically prolific year are busy with 2010’s schedule which includes 13 albums, 16 singles and 2 EP’s.

“Based in Brighton, indie label FatCat Records has grown into one of the most celebrated stables for emerging and established talent in the UK.” Drowned In Sound

We caught up with Tom Lavis from FatCat and asked him about how he has been using SoundCloud and the DropBox feature in their working life.

1) How long have you been using SoundCloud?

Not long – only about four months. But it’s already made a difference to how we work with demo submissions. We’re really excited about it, I don’t think it will be long until we release our first album sourced through SoundCloud.

2) You have been keenly using the DropBox feature. What was your process before using the SoundCloud demo DropBox?

Before SoundCloud we were receiving demos through the post, on CD, vinyl and tape. We still do – it just means we get twice as many submissions, which is great. We did used to get emailed links to myspace pages etc but we found that they sometimes got lost in our inboxes. The DropBox is much better… all the tracks are in the same place, we just have to press play and carry on working whilst the tracks play through.

3) How has SoundCloud eased the process of receiving demos than in the past?

It has eased the process of receiving demos, but we still very much enjoy receiving cd’s through the post and wouldn’t want that to stop. It’s added a refreshing and exciting new element to the type of demo we get. The tracks we get in the dropbox are from a wider range of influences.

Like I mentioned above – listening to the tracks we receive through our dropbox couldn’t be more simple. It’s certainly easier than opening packages and logging in CD’s.

4) Are there any creative ways you are looking to use this influx of music received through your SoundCloud DropBox?

Well, of course we would love to release some – which will certainly happen. The standard so far has been way higher than the average standard of our physical submissions.

For the moment we’re just adding our favourite tracks to our demo player on the FatCat site and myspace. We want these talented artists to get some recognition – so it’s important to us to get them some exposure.

We’re also thinking of releasing some soundcloud curated compilation of the best demos we’ve received through soundcloud. We released a CD called ‘No Watches. No Maps’ a long time ago which was a compilation of the best demos we got through the post, we’d like to do a part two which would be made up of entirely SoundCloud submitted demos.
At the moment we’re running a remix competition – we have put the stems of a David Karsten Daniels & Fight The Big Bull track on soundcloud, anyone can go in and download them and then have a go at remixing the song by submitting through the group dropbox – there’s still 2 weeks left and 15 remixes in. We’re hoping to do remix comps for a lot of our forthcoming releases.

5) What tips can you give for artists sending you tracks through to your DropBox?

Don’t drop in more than 2 tracks, make sure they’re the ones you’re most happy with. If we don’t get back to you or put your music up, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t submit some more stuff in the future.

We like all kinds of music, so don’t think that what you do might not be for us. Also – don’t worry about your track sounding under-produced or too rough, some of the bands we’ve signed in the past started out by sending us very lo-fi demos recorded with 1 mic in a cupboard… sometimes these ones are the best.

Go check out FatCat on SoundCloud and the David Karsten Daniels & Fight The Big Bull remix competition!

David The Christmas Release

Ho Ho Ho dearest people of the Cloud!

We’re wrapping up a fantastic 2009 with a final release before taking a few days off to rest with our families and re-fuel before kicking off 2010 in proper style.

Before we move onto what’s new in our Christmas Release, here’s a special Christmas discount for all our blog readers: If you use the code HoHoHo9 when signing up for a Premium account before Christmas Day, you’ll get 10% off the regular yearly price or save 20% for three months on any monthly subscription!

People Finder

We’ve added a really useful tool that will come in handy to find contacts you have on other platforms and networks. It will help you to check if your friends on services like Gmail, MySpace, Twitter or Facebook are already on SoundCloud and if they’re not, make it easy to invite them to follow you and thus stay updated about everything you do do on SoundCloud. Check it out!

Abbey Road & SoundCloud, a love affair

We’re really excited to announce a partnership with Abbey Road, the legendary studio known for the (post-) production of epic albums with artists like Pink Floyd, Foo Fighers, the Beatles, Green Day, Oasis, and Radiohead. If you want to have your songs mastered by some of the best engineers in the industry, it is now possible to import your tracks to Abbey Road Online Mastering directly from your SoundCloud account. Plus, Abbey Road is offering a 20 % discount to all SoundCloud users. Read more.

App Gallery & Developer Pages

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We’re strong believers in the power of open API’s – proof for this are the many different applications that have been built on top of the robust SoundCloud API. We think it’s time to pay respect to the many developers that – in their free time – have built fantastic apps and are thereby adding a lot of value to the SoundCloud experience. Check out all recent and future applications in the new App Gallery we’re launching today. Also, if you are a developer yourself and have a kick-ass idea you’d like to execute on top of our API, the new developer resources are the perfect starting point to get the coding going. Right this way.

Premium Goodies

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We’ve teamed up with some of our friends to offer all Premium users some sweet special offers and discounts. If you have a Premium account, log in and have a look at the new Premium Goodies page! Great companies like Native Instruments, Ableton, MOO.com, Juno Download, YouLicense or The Bizmo are already on board.

Updated iPhone app

This is a short ‘n sweet one: grab the update of our iPhone app in the app store and get access to the tracks you’ve favorited on SoundCloud.

Secret Widget

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Here’s a nice one for all Pro and Pro Plus users: after the Secret Link it’s now time for the Secret Widget that we’re adding based on the feedback we’ve received from labels and digital PR agencies after the release of Taylor. From now on, if you want to invite a limited group of listeners to a password-protected site, you’ll be able to have your SoundCloud tracks embedded and streamable right there.

To get it, simply generate a Secret Link for your track and set and click ‘Share’ to grab the embed code.

Site performance

We promised we’d keep you updated about the progress of the overall site performance. The first batch of improvements have started to kick in. Not only have we upgraded the hardware but we’ve also been working hard on things that are mostly ‘invisible’ to you but make the overall experience better.

These include much snappier adding/removal of contacts in contact lists and your private sharing panel, an ongoing optimization of the upload and audio transcoding process and balancing and optimizing the database load. We don’t want to go too technical on you but would like you to know we’re moving quickly with the promised improvements.

Also, we’ve set up a Status blog over at our friends from Tumblr where we will post tech-updates as they come in. Feel free to follow!

Finally…

We want to thank you for having been part of SoundCloud this past year and wish you a Merry Christmas with your loved ones and a kicking new year 2010. See/hear you again in 2010!

Thank you so much!

David Thursday Sweets: Keep it in the family with the Secret Link

Private sharing of your tracks and sets has always been a pretty easy thing to do on SoundCloud. I recently had the chance to speak with Aaron Albano (aka Ming), who as a producer based in NYC, has used these private sharing features during the production of one the new tracks by Aussie band Youth Group (make sure to check out this great video to see Ming talk about the experience). He loved the idea of the Secret Link and said it would definitely make things even easier.

With the Taylor release, we pushed a new feature called Secret Link. It really does what it says: upload a track or set, generate a secret link and simply pass it on via email or instant messenger. We think that will come in quite handy especially when sharing with people who are not on SoundCloud or not as tech-savvy as we all are. Here’s what it looks like:

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And here’s how it works:

You’ll find the feature in your track or set settings. Simply check the box “Enable Secret Link” and don’t forget to save the settings at the bottom of the page to activate the link. Copy and paste this link and share it via email, instant messenger or make it a temporary exclusive to your followers on Twitter or Facebook.

To deactivate the Secret Link, click the circled arrow on the right and the link will be made redundant.

The Secret Link comes with all Premium accounts starting with new yearly account called ‘Lite’ for €29.

What do you think? Leave your feedback in the comments.