It’s fun to record your mixes. What’s even better, is to share them with the world. In todays digital age this is super easy, right? Perhaps you already tried livestreaming your show, only to realize that you are being cut off, due to content filtering. This is a common case for many. The music is cut off because of copyright issues. It feels kind of unfear that some mixes pass the algorithm and some don’t, and it may very well happen randomly. This has been and still are the case for Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud and probably many more.
Luckily there is a solution that is very simple to use. Let me introduce Mixcloud. They are working with the industry to obtain all the licenses needed, so we all can upload our content. The website is brilliant for DJ mixes, radio shows and podcasts. It does not support live streaming, but not all of us are dependent on the livestreaming bit. If we are, there is always the possibility to start our own radiostation. But that, is a story for another time. For now I will talk about Mixcloud.
You can choose the free version or you can opt in for a subscription. Resently they changed their system a bit. I believe it has to do with the licensing model with alle the different labels and publishers. The free version has a few limitations. It’s still good, but in some cases it might give you a little headache.
For those only interested in consuming content, can still do so for free. If you decide to opt in for a subscription, you’re given a few nice features, such as play whatever as much as you like and you can skip around the show as you please. As a consumer, you have yet another way of supporting the content creators and the music you love. That is a direct subscription to a specific channel or show. The creator sets a minimum amount, but you can choose to pay more, to really give your support.
As you can see from the screenshots above, Mixcloud offers several ways to enjoy their services.
It’s a little bit different when you are a content creator. You can still upload your shows completely free. When you opt in for a pro account, you gain access to the select program together with full statistical details. You can also upload, and publish the show at a later specified time and date. You gain access to a lot of interesting statistics about your shows as well.
I am a subscriber (even though one of the pictures might suggest otherwise. Screenshots were done while not logged in), and I like how the system works. It gives me the opportunity to embed mixes to any web site, just like this one.
One of the big reasons to be present ob Mixcloud, is the possibility to be present online, where people get to listen to what you have to offer. And the fact that you can upload knowing it won’t be taken down is a big bonus.
As far as I know, this is one of the only places you can safely upload dj mixes and radioshows legally without being taken down. If you know other good places to upload mixes, podcasts or radio shows, let me know in the comments.
Until next time then…