SoundCloud reports first ever profitable quarter

SoundCloud has reported its first ever profitable quarter.

In January this year, streaming giant SoundCloud reported that in 2019 it had turned over more than $200m for the first time. Now, it has announced the first-ever profitable quarter for the site, with a 37% increase year-on-year in 2019.

Kerry Trainor, Soundcloud CEO, told Music Business Worldwide that “with the end of 2020 now in view, we will have achieved our third consecutive year of accelerating revenue growth and our first profitable quarter, with substantial cash reserves to continue investing in SoundCloud.”

Earlier this year, SoundCloud announced that it had received a $75m investment from Sirius XM, one of America’s biggest radio station and online streaming conglomerates. Back in 2018, Pandora – owned by Sirius XM – and SoundCloud merged their advertisement sales relationship that saw targetting data, ad production and programming run by the Sirius XM team, with the switch growing SoundCloud’s ad revenue by 37.4%. 

The streaming platform also revealed that around 20m tracks were added to the site in 2018 – that works out at a whopping 55,000 tracks per day, a total of around 190m unique tracks existing on the site by January of last year. 

More recently, SoundCloud shared a new streaming plan called SoundCloud DJ. The new service offers DJs unlimited offline caching from music on their platform, letting users download and cache tracks to DJ software like VirtualDJ, with Cross DJ and Denon DJ being added “in the coming months”. 

Read our feature: DJing & the data wars: How cloud DJing will transform the indsutry forever.

Pa Salieu announces first headline tour

The rapper will make stops in Bristol and London

DJ Mag Staff

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – 16:28

Pa Salieu has announced his first headline tour.

The Coventry-based, Gambia-raised MC won over tastemakers from Benji B to Annie Mac when he exploded onto the scene in 2019 with tracks like ‘Dem A Lie’ and ‘Frontline’, and earlier this year released new single and video, ‘My Family’, alongside Backroad Gee.

Now, the breakout star has announced his first headline tour of the UK, where he’ll make stops in Bristol, Leeds, London and Nottingham, as well as performing at Manchester’s Gorilla and Institute 2 in Birmingham.

The final stop on Pa Salieu’s tour will be his beloved Coventry, where the MC will perform at the 1,300-capacity Kasbah.

Tickets for the tour, which will take place from the 11th – 21st May in 2021, can be purchased via Live Nation here.

Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch in 2021: TSHA

Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch in 2021: TSHAAdvent Cal 121


This year, we’re presenting our Artists to Watch in 2021 a little differently. Each day, we’ll uncover one sweet selection, highlighting next year’s class of up-and-coming talents and burgeoning stars one-by-one. Starting December 1, we’re counting up 25 of electronic music’s most enticing future achievers, sweetening the holiday season with a well-rounded crop of radar-worthy producers to keep an eye on. Check this space for daily updates throughout the month. From unique underground wavemakers to soon-to-be festival big shots, spanning bass music to techno with so much in between, we’re proud to present Dancing Astronaut’s first-ever Artist to Watch Advent Calendar—enjoy.


Dancing Astronaut’s Artists to Watch in 2021: TSHATSHA Press Shot Credit El Hardwick

TSHA

After 2019 appearances at Printworks and in Bonobo’s fabric presents mix, TSHA made it clear to those following the London’s nightclub scene that 2020 was her year. What makes TSHA’s success this year so impressive, though, is her ability to reach as wide as she has far.

First, the UK-based producer graced the deep and progressive house stratosphere, appearing on Lane 8’s Brightest Lights Remixed album and asserting herself as a fresh face on Above and Beyond’s Group Therapy. But, that was only the beginning for TSHA, who progressively broke out of her shell later in 2020, cementing her own original sound with the soulful and satisfying Flowers EP released via the visionary Ninja Tune label.

Featured image: El Hardwick

ADAM Audio launches 25 Days of ADAM: competitions, webinars and tutorials

The speaker company is running events all the way up to Christmas

Declan McGlynn

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – 10:13

ADAM Audio has launched a series of competitions, webinars, tutorials and giveaways in the run-up to Xmas called ‘25 Days of ADAM’. According to the monitor and audio hardware company, the festive campaign will include “exciting giveaways from the likes of Focusrite, Novation, Cymatics, SoundGym, IsoAcoustics, and of course ADAM Audio itself. Meanwhile, webinar topics will include TV and film composing, a tutorial of Audio Test Kitchen, and much more.”

There are also some competitions for decorating your studio and taking part in thor Holiday Song challenge – ADAM is sparse on any more details for now but keep an eye on their Instagram for more announcements. 

Niiko x SWAE – Blah Blah Blah feat. Mougleta

Niiko x SWAE – Blah Blah Blah feat. MougletaNiiko Swae Blah Blah Blah

Niiko x SWAE join Don Diablo’s esteemeted imprint, HEXAGON with Canadian-Lebanese singer Mougleta in tow. The three deliver a one-two punch of pop dance perfection on “Blah Blah Blah.” Mougleta opens with her sultry vocals over the duo’s delicate piano chords but this one is anything but easy listening.. Members of the Prodigy Artist’s family, Niiko x Swae lay the heavy foundation for Mougleta’s gorgeous vocal melodies. But as the song’s momentum builds, so does the top line, bustling over Niiko x SWAE knack for sonic flairs and danceable rhythms. Following a set of massive releases this year, the LA-based duo continue their upward trajectory as one of the most exciting acts making noise today. Listen up.

Kaskade makes Monstercat debut alongside WILL K with ‘Flip Switch,’ from ‘Rocket League Season 2’

Kaskade makes Monstercat debut alongside WILL K with ‘Flip Switch,’ from ‘Rocket League Season 2’Kaskade

Kaskade and Australian producer WILL K have released a dynamic new single “Flip Reset.” The outing, which marks Kaskade’s debut on Monstercat and the first one-off from an EP that he will release in full on the label, is made in partnership with award-winning video game Rocket League. “Flip Reset” is featured in-game, and will arrive with the announcement of Rocket League Season 2, which will officially go live on December 9.

In an embrace of its partnership with Monstercat, Rocket League will be introducing the game’s first-ever music-themed season, which includes “Flip Reset.” The Kaskade and WILL K collaboration will also be available as a Player Anthem in Rocket League Season 2, a new customization option that will allow players to select the music that plays in the Arena after they score a goal.

Kaskade said of the partnership,

“As a kid who grew up on a steady diet of arcades and video games, it’s only right that I finally get to team up with Monstercat and Rocket League! Being able to create music (and get my own in-game items) exclusively for this season) has stoked the kid in me that has always considered video games the ultimate threshold for cool. I hope you enjoy playing, and it’s time to put those speakers to work. Turn it up!”

“Flip Reset” adds a new dynamic to Kaskade’s roster of releases, and will be a welcome addition to the Monstercat family.

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Relive countless Digital Mirage: Friendsgiving sets from Tchami back-to-back Dr. Fresch, YehMe2, Shallou, and more

Relive countless Digital Mirage: Friendsgiving sets from Tchami back-to-back Dr. Fresch, YehMe2, Shallou, and moreTchami 2019 Instagram Official

It’s simply mind-boggling that more than seven months have passed since the first-ever Digital Mirage ignited the virtual festival spree in early April. With Proximity and Brownies & Lemonade having just wrapped up a third weekend of programming, this one in commemoration of the Thanksgiving holiday, an oversized load of replay-able sets are now available to carry listeners through the near future.

Split across back-to-back days (November 27–28), Digital Mirage: Friendsgiving decisively held its own for a third consecutive go-around, including two unparalleled performances from NGHTMRE and ZHU atop the USS Hornet Navy vessel as well as Tchami and Dr. Fresch, who rented out the actual Batcave set from the iconic The Dark Knight franchise. Other notable stream highlights from the two-day digital gathering included Shallou’s mountaintop set, YehMe2‘s journey through the trap golden age, Lastlings‘ visually enthralling live tunnel set, and Louis The Child‘s exclusive Candy II DJ set, among a myriad of others.

Relive a handful of Digital Mirage: Friendsgiving sets in their entirety below.

Tchami back-to-back Dr. Fresch

YehMe2

Louis The Child

ZHU back-to-back NGHTMRE

Lastlings

Jon Casey

DJ Sliink

Shallou

Lunice

Tiësto

SAYMYNAME

Wave Racer

Loud Luxury

Drezo

Moksi

Nitti Gritti

The Glitch Mob

Slow Magic

JAWNS

Nina Las Vegas

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Knopfler and Nile Rodgers-signed Strats among the prizes in #ILoveLive raffle to support out-of-work crew

The UK charity Stagehand has launched the #ILoveLive prize draw to support stage crew and technicians who have lost work as the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered the live music industry.

Hosted on Crowdfunder – which is waiving its fees for the cause – the #ILoveLive prize draw is selling raffle tickets for £5 a throw, with prizes ranging from a signed Mark Knopfler Stratocaster to a Roland TB-03 signed by and played on tour by the Chemical Brothers. 

The raffle is live now and you can buy as many raffle tickets as you like, with more prizes to be announced on 4 December.

A number of the prizes will be of special interest to guitarists. Joining the Knopfler Strat is a replica of Nile Rodgers’ 1957 ‘Hitmaker’ Fender Stratocaster, signed by the man himself, Johnny Marr is selling off his signed Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, while Eric Clapton is donating a Martin custom shop OM Bob Gruhn acoustic, which will be signed and dedicated to the winner. 

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#iLoveLive Stagehand campaign

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Nile Rodgers’ 1957 ‘Hitmaker’ Fender Stratocaster, which will be signed for the prize draw.

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#iLoveLive Stagehand campaign

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Eric Clapton’s Martin custom shop OM Bob Gruhn acoustic

Warren Ellis and Nick Cave have signed and donated an Eastwood Warren Ellis Signature bass and Reuss Muzzbox pedal, the latter played in the studio by Ellis and on tour with the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. 

The Muzzbox is a replica of Ellis’s legendary homemade octavia-style fuzz, which is brother Murray made for him out of old radio parts. At least that was the plan – what Ellis got was something more interesting instead and became a key component of his sound

Stagehand #ILoveLive

Reuss Muzzbox and Eastwood Warren Ellis signature bass, signed by Nick Cave and Ellis (Image credit: Stagehand / Crowdfunder )

There is also a Gibson Les Paul Studio, signed by Liam Gallagher, an National Resolectric donated by Elbow, while Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins has donated the Japanese-built ESP T-Style he played at Live Aid Philadelphia in 1985.

Nile Rodgers and Steve Stevens joined Bailey on guitar that day, while Madonna – the Madonna – sang backing vocals. Bailey was always a Telecaster player, but his were stolen en route from Paris to New York, and Rodgers turned him on to ESP, who gave him two T-style Mirage models to complete his shows. 

Indeed, this guitar is a slice of pop history and represents a pivotal moment for ESP, whose ’87 Series welcomed some of its classic models back to the line up for 2020.

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There is also a cornucopia of other pop and rock items, including a signed mixing desk from Craig David and hand-painted lyrics from Florence Welch.

The draw closes on 17 December at 6pm, with winners being chosen on 23 December. Prizes ship in January. You can check out the prize draw here

Spotify tests stories feature for playlists

Spotify tests stories feature for playlistsSpotify

While social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter have adopted the Snapchat-originated stories function, Spotify may be the latest in line to hop on the trend. The streaming giant was spotted testing the new feature in conjunction with its playlists, a few of which included the Christmas Hits playlist, Tear Drop emo rap playlist, and a version of Megan Thee Stallion‘s album Good News.

Built nearly identical to the well known stories interface, the new Spotify feature is located on the top left of supported playlists and can be accessed through tapping the icon. The content sighted thus far has consisted of short anecdotal clips from artists as related to the playlist. On Christmas Hits, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, and Pentatonix all provided videos detailing holiday-centric conversations.

Although Spotify has confirmed the new feature, it has not yet spoken to further plans to officially launch.

H/T: The Verge

10 takeaways from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ Reddit AMA

10 takeaways from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ Reddit AMATotally Enormous Etinct Dinosaurs Cred Pia Riverola

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) has been bringing the heat this year after taking a four year hiatus in 2014. Slowly building up his repertoire in 2018, the English producer is officially back, bringing forth multiple original tracks, remixes, features, and EPs in just 2020 alone. TEED recently took to Reddit to answer some questions from his long-time and deep-rooted fan base. Here are Dancing Astronaut’s key takeaways:

1. He encourages artists to be bold in their music.

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2. Working with BRONSON was, not shockingly, a “total pleasure.”

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3. He’s consistently been making music and is planning on finally releasing some!

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4. He’s inspired by artists with wit and flair.

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5. His advice to get into DJing is to play from the heart.

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6. His favorite albums this year are Civic Jams and Forever, Ya Girl.

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7. He mainly listens to classical music.

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8. Making a track can influence his mood.

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9. His dream synth is made by Moog.

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10. He believe it’s important to differentiate “creative brain” and “business brain.”

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Featured image: Pia Riverola