My thoughts on Soundcloud for bands

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A disclaimer type thing, I don’t have the answers, I just have some thoughts I wanted to share. I’m a musician probably like you, wanting to be heard across the noise. I use this space to talk about my experiences with mainly music related stuff so this isn’t a magic button post, it’s just my thoughts after using soundcloud.

Oh and I don’t have a million followers, maybe just over a thousand.

I’ve been using soundcloud for a while but never really ‘got’ it, so I decided to spend some time using it properly, mainly listening to others. Soundcloud states that to grow your ‘Soundcloud Community’ you should find tracks you enjoy and ‘like it, fave it, drop a note and follow’. That basically translates to me the main audience for bands – the bands themselves.

So first off groups. I’ve found groups to be a bit annoying to be honest. The majority I’ve found just aren’t moderated. I was seeing hip hop tracks in ambient groups, post-rock in classical etc. If you have a group – moderate it, it adds value! When I see a group that’s moderated it’s a keeper. A couple of examples – Ambient Airwaves and our very own netlabels’ Newpath.

Soundcloud is mainly for musicians but they’re actively trying to turn that around with their new mobile & tablet apps which are listener focused. Hopefully they’ll release artist friendly apps too. I suppose the key thing to take away from this is to use it as a music fan. Don’t try and work it, just use it. Follow musicians you actually like and make connections.

I know some musicians don’t have the time and it can sound like a chore. The thing is, it is if you treat it like that. Remember why you got into music for the first place, you were a fan, be a fan again!

Follow if you like their stuff but don’t just mass follow. I’ll admit when I first used it I just followed a bunch of people in the hopes that they’d follow back. Lots did. Most were unresponsive and hardly released any music or were genres I didn’t really care for. What I ended up with was an unusable feed so it just got left. Now I see the benefits of using it as a listener, as a fan. I’ve found some brilliant music I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Some bad stuff. The bots. Soundcloud is riddled with bot accounts constantly spamming you with messages regarding buying plays/followers or adult stuff like this…

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‘big round horny boobs’?! Sounds terrifying! This stuff gets boring fast, especially when you’re getting followed and commented on by fake accounts.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Soundcloud. Does it work for you? Anything you’d like them to improve on? Comment below.

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Pre-order our new album on Bandcamp

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Hi everyone. Just a quick note to let you know that our new release ‘Read, Write, Execute’ is available on bandcamp (out April 2nd) . It’s the best way to support us! CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

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Hear new track ‘Ready For Passengers’

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A new track from our upcoming new release ‘Read, Write, Execute’. Don’t forget, you can pre-order the album here on bandcamp. It’s the best way to support what we do.

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Hear new track ‘Constructor’

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Hi everyone, we’re excited to announce that our new release “Read, Write, Execute” is out April 2.

You can hear the new track “Constructor” here – https://soundcloud.com/wiredtofollow/constructor



Pre-order the new release here and get the track instantly – http://bit.ly/ReadWriteExecute

Here’s the artwork and tracklist.

Wired to Follow - Read Write Execute

 Tracklist

01. Constructor
02. Ready For Passengers
03. -1295222400
04. Dealing Lightning With Both Hands
05. I Can Almost Hum This Drug
06. 352252800
07. We May Have Hours, We May Have Days
08. Destructor

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Release #5: Log 03 – Recording finished and named

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Release #5 is finished(!) and we can now announce the title. It’s called…

Read, Write, Execute.

We’re now finishing up on the artwork but expect release date news soon.

Thanks for your support.

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My Leonard Nimoy Moment

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So Leonard Nimoy just passed away. I’m a big Star Trek fan (all series) and the news that one of my most loved pop culture icon actors isn’t around anymore is really sad. I was a little down to see how quickly people got their fleeting respects/jokes in (usually Wrath of Khan ending quotes) followed by pictures of their dinners or weekend plans. That’s social media I guess, fast food thoughts.

Instead of doing that I thought I’d note my favorite Leonard Nimoy moment and yes it’s of Spock.

My favourite Spock moment isn’t from The Wrath of Khan, it’s from an original series episode called Requiem for Methuselah. Kirk, emotionally drained after the death of his love is asleep head down at a table while McCoy explains the reaction to Spock:

“You see, I feel sorrier for you than I do for him because you’ll never know the things that love can drive a man to. The ecstasies, the miseries, the broken rules, the desperate chances, the glorious failures, the glorious victories. All of these things you’ll never know simply because the word love isn’t written into your book.”

McCoy leaves the room and Spock approaches Kirk. He utters the word “Forget” to Kirk as he uses a mind meld to ease his pain.

I’ve always found this an utterly beautiful sentiment and see it as not just Spock understanding but empathising. He’s half human after all.

He totally nailed that character.

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Release #5: Log 02 – Recording in the rain

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Today it’s the Chinese new year celebrations here in Liverpool and I decided to go out and do a bit of field recording. It’s been raining (a lot) and it’s pretty windy so I wanted to capture some of that windswept sound. It was probably not a good idea to setup a condenser mic with this weather but I wanted to give it a go. Firecrackers aren’t really worth it, they’re too loud and will clip all over the place but I wanted to capture other sounds. There’s a kind of unworldly siren-esque feel as all sounds get tumbled around, mixed up. Not sure it’s useable for the new release but I really enjoyed doing it.

I love the randomness of going out and recording. Knowing you won’t be able to recreate what you record is quite reassuring and scratches away the feeling that your tracks are becoming too regimented.

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NME’s Best Social Media Award is a thing

So apparently Liam Gallagher won this award for his twitter account. That’s right – social media accounts are winning music awards. Next up maybe David Bowie’s Foursquare account or Mick Jagger’s Pinterest page? Yes, a bit of fun you might think but I can’t help but feel the awards should be about… music?

Maybe it’s just me out of the loop but digging deeper I see awards for ‘Best TV Show’ (Game of Thrones) and ‘Villain of the Year’ (Nigel Farage). Have they always had awards like that?

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Release #5: Log 01 – It’s underway

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I suppose it’s no secret that there’s a new Wired to Follow release underway. Work began in October of last year and it’s almost there. It’s become a very intimate release, born on a concept of ideas and strung together by a short story. Very much a journey from the mechanical to organic in various ways.

I don’t want to reveal major details yet, I prefer to do that when it’s done but I will say that I love what’s it’s become and can’t wait to share it with you all. I’ll update under this log so you can keep up.

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San Francisco 1941

San Francisco 1941

Came across some amazing home video footage of San Francisco in 1941(public domain use) and had to put our music to it.

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