SoundCloud, one of the most popular online audio distribution platforms, boasts over a million subscribers making music in every genre you can think of. On Wednesday 9th of February 2011, Glasgow joined cities around the world in organising meetups for SoundCloud users. This was the first SoundCloud meetup to be held in Scotland.
In Glasgow, the event focused on celebrating the best that the music scene in the city had to offer in a showcase and networking event at Stereo. To enable this to happen SoundCloud users in Glasgow were encouraged to submit their best tracks along with artist contact details to the SoundCloud group in advance of the event. On the night, the music submitted was played whilst displaying the artist information on the visuals screen.
The turnout was fantastic, with the venue packed full within 30 minutes of opening! Musicians, broadcasters, talent scouts, photographers and film-makers flooded through the doors to enjoy hearing fresh new music, and meeting the people behind it.
Altered Mode (VOCO, MICRORAVE RECORDS)
Angus "Gusbo" MacDonald (FABLEVISION)
The main feature of the event was a panel discussion on "Social Networking & Media Distribution".
INTRODUCTION TO THE SCOTTISH MUSIC INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION:
Dougal Perman (SMIA & INNER EAR)
SOCIAL NETWORKING AND MEDIA DISTRIBUTION:
Voltergeist (MICRORAVE RECORDS)
Muslim Alim (BBC)
Paul Reset (PHUTURELABS)
Bram E. Gieben (BLACK LANTERN MUSIC: NETLABEL)
Jim Gellatly (BBC)
Kid Ritalin (LITTLE ROCK RECORDS)
This was preceded by an audio workshop at the Scottish Music Centre in City Halls, where a new collaborative composition was created for showcasing at the main event. Musicians were encouraged to bring along their instruments and participate in creating this new work.
Links to the groups where you can hear submitted tracks for this particular event, find photographs, videos and podcasts relating to the event, or get involved in suggesting further ideas for future events can be found at glasgowmeetup.co.uk