Shout out to my buddy Matt Branigan for putting me on the following 2 sites.
Sound Cloud and Mix Cloud…Have you heard of these streaming stereos???
Basically how they work is simple. You sign up…you upload….you embed. These internet streaming algorithms allow you to upload music to its server and then you can take the up loads and embed the on emails, blogs, MySpace, Twitter, FB…or most other social networks that are in our digital stratosphere today.
Sound Cloud is cool because its basic functions include: Tracking storage, stats of how many downloads your track received, Private sharing, and the widget is customizable- you can add crazy pictures throughout the stream. Of course they include the premium packages that have massive upgrades.
Mix Cloud is very similar to Sound Cloud….the main difference is Mix Cloud is not as user-friendly, but it is great in the fact that it acts like a Pandora Radio widget because along with your songs…it plays music that is similar to yours.
Both sites have social network aspects. Listen to other “Clouds”, view profiles, get connected to their additional site: FB, twitter, MySpace etc.
Last thing is Blazetrak.com. This site supposedly gives you direct access to industry professionals such as Outkast’s Big Boi, John Rich,Dark Child, Brian Michael Cox, Paul Worley, and a host of others. The goal of this site is to give opportunity to aspiring media professional and bypass all the label BS. On roster they have music industry pros as well as film, graphic design, marketing, and just about anybody in media field.
For a fee ranging from ($10-200)- on average, you can get direct contact with these professionals and get direct feedback via audio, video, or both…and the media professionals are obligated to get back to you within 30 days or you will receive a full refund.
I’m not sure how I feel about it yet…I did sign up. I guess this is a chance to create an opportunity if you put your best foot forward…but I don’t know how I feel about paying $200.00/ submission for a critique? What do you think?
As always here is a tune from Minneapolis Hip Hop Artist Toki Wright . Track is called Devil’s Advocate off his new album “A Different Mirror”. Enjoy…
Printing These Thoughts to Tape,