From August 2015

Upload & Share your mix on Play.fm

How to: Upload & Share your mix on Play.fm

After we’ve recently given you a few ideas why uploading your mix to Play.fm might make sense, we probably left you with the big question: HOW? Let the following lines be your step-by-step guide through the wonderful world of sharing music – no fear, it’s easy pie!

1. Sign up (it’s free!)

First thing you’ll need to do is set up your own account – makes pretty much sense if you want to let your audience know who you are, doesn’t it? Of course, you may skip this step if you’re already a registered user – if not, a click on the Register button on our start page will bring you to a little form as you’ve probably seen it a thousand times before – simply enter the following:

Create An Account
First of all, get started with creating your account – if you haven’t already…
  • Your e-mail address – be sure to use one that you really have access to, as you will receive a confirmation mail later on without which you can’t finalize your registration!
  • Your desired username – you might wanna make this one that’s similar to your artist name or the record label, radio show or whatever you wanna represent on that channel, but of course, the choice is up to you…
  • A password of your choice, finding the balance between being secure but also easy to remember – if this might struggle you, there are like a thousand good articles like this around on that issue!

No worries if you’re not to sure about any of that data and if you’ll keep them long-term – you will be able to change your e-mail address, your username and your password at any time.

Once you’re done with that, check your mailbox and confirm your account by opening the link sent in the message you’ve received. Ready? Then welcome to Play.fm!

Already having an account on Play.fm though and can’t remember your password? Don’t blame yourself, this happens quite frequently – you can simply get yourself a new one!

 

2. Set up your profile

Add information to your profile
Tell the world who you are and where you’re from..!

A DJ both loves and needs exposure – so before you start uploading your mixes, you might wanna give your audience a bit more information on who you are, don’t you?

So the first thing we’ll ask you to do after signing up is to pick a desired URL (http://www.play.fm/
mydjname, e.g.), a profile picture and your hometown. As for the last of those, please pick this one from the dropdown menu that appears once you’re on the right spot – it will help users find you while they’re exploring our city pages!

Edit profile
Any updates necessary on your profile? That’s the way to go!

If you want to add further information to your profile, like an extended biography, links to your Facebook and Twitter profiles or your personal website, simply go to your newly generated profile by clicking on the thumbnail of your profile picture on the upper right corner, follow the Your Page link and click the EDIT PROFILE button right below your profile picture.

 

3. Upload your mix

Now here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, haven’t you? You probably already spotted the UPLOAD MIXES button in the upper right corner with it’s noticable yellow background – so that’s the way to go!

Upload Your Mix
You’ve found the right spot – just choose your recorded mix and GO!

First, pick the file of your mix (so far, mp3, ogg, wav and aiff files are supported) – once confirmed, the upload will start by magic! The uploading process should not take long (approximately 45 seconds, assuming a 60-minutes mix rendered as 128kbps mp3 file) – hardly giving you enough time to fill out all the information!

Still, you should take your time and provide a few more information while uploading. Why? Well, let’s be honest – with the huge amount on music on the web, would you check out a mix without having any idea what it’s about? Regarding our stats, we can ensure you one thing: The more metadata is provided on a mix, the more likely will it be listened to and get shared. So while letting the upload bar slide from left to right, here’s what you can do:

Additional information on your mix
Cover artwork, complete metadata and a full tracklist will keep your mix from being just another file on the internet..!
  • Adorn your mix with a neat little cover image to make it appealing on first sight (as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words) – that might be any artwork you or your trusted designer has designed for your mix, a nice or nasty picture of yourself or, in case of a live recording, the event flyer or a picture of you doing your thing at the party… It’s all up to you, any jpg, gif or png image with no more than 2MB of size are possible! Just one thing, please respect the intellectual property of others and only use images you’re allowed to… and especially, please spare us with sexist pictures of more-or-less nude women with the goal to receive more clicks, we don’t like that.
  • Add a significant title for the mix – you will see that one will get auto-generated from the name of the uploaded file, however, if that shall be something like ‘newmix081515take2_FINALIZED.mp3‘, that may just not look too inviting.
  • Provide a couple of Genre tags, so people will find your mix when they’re searching for particular music styles. Please, be fair on this issue though and don’t just add any random genres or artist names you may think of just to raise your chances to get listened to – if someone wants to hear Drum & Bass and ends up on your mix which is a pure Deep House mix, that will leave none of you satisfied – and you will end up being considered a liar and opportunist instead of a great DJ or radio host.
  • Be sure to add a city to your mix, so they will be able to be found on our city channels! For example, if your mix was recorded at your home studio or a club in Vienna, you will have to choose Vienna from the list so it will appear on the Vienna city channel. Just an example, of course, this will go with any city your mix was recorded at and the according city page.
  • A description of your mix may be helpful to transport your musical message, get an idea of your intention, or simply let listeners know where, when and how your mix was recorded.
  • And finally, one of the most demanded pieces of information: The almighty tracklist! Those may be worth a fortune in expanding your audience, as, regarding DJ culture, nothing builds a stronger connection than a similar taste in music. Not to forget about those moments you surely know, when the DJ suddenly drops this track that makes you go “WTF is this?? I need that in my collection!” – two simple lines on artist and track may make you save another music lover’s day. To make this one as easy for you as possible, we provide a couple of options:
    Tracklist import
    Edit your tracklist track by track or import a pre-written one? It’s up to you…
    • Track by track: This will give you the chance to enter one artist, title and label after another – simply click NEW TRACK to enter another one.
    • If you already have your tracklist written down, you may prefer the option to paste a Pre-Written tracklist, with artist, title and label seperated by hyphen (see screenshot) – click IMPORT TRACKLIST once you’re done and see the magic happen!
    • If you did your mix using Native Instrument’s Traktor Software, you can export your playlist as an nml file and choose the option Traktor playlist – simply choose the right playlist file and let our systems do the work for you.
    • Same goes, of course, with a Serato playlist – simply choose the playlist from your harddrive and import it.

Once you’re done and confident with all your information given – hit the SAVE button and you’re live! However, if anything’s still holding you back, you will find another button titled PRIVATE right above. If you choose this one, your mix will be visible to you for the time being. If you want to share your mix with the world right away, remain the PUBLIC button enabled. If you’re quick enough to be all done before the mix has finished uploading, you can already confirm it using said SAVE button and it will go live right away once it’s finished.

 

4. Share your mix

Share your mix
One simple click that helps you share your music with the world!

Even if we wish, we can’t guarantee you exposure to hundreds and thousands of listeners – our 100.000+ regular users decide for themselves what they want to hear, and, believe us, if any other platform shall advertise with a huge exposure guaranteed, it’s a plain lie. It’s mostly up to you to motivate others to listen to your work – and luckily, there are a few ways in which Play.fm makes it easy to do so:

Embed Code
You don’t have to understand html to embed the Single Widget to your site – copy & paste will do!
  • Once on the detail page of your mix, you may hit the SHARE button and share your mix with your friends on Facebook or Twitter with just one click!
  • On the same site, html-capable code will be generated (right below where it says EMBED), which you may simple copy and paste into the html code of your website or blog, making it available to listen to directly on there – we call it the Single Widget, as it’s programmed to embed one single mix! You may also change the exact pixel sizes to fill your specific needs – in the end, it shall look something like that:

Create a Multiple Widget
Bit harder to find, just as easy to use though: The Multiple Widget!
  • Of course, if you’re planning on uploading new mixes more or less regularly, it’d be a pain in the ass to copy and paste new code all the time – that’s why, additionally to the Single Widget, we’re also providing a Multiple Widget for you! You’ll get the auto-generated code for this one by clicking the ARROW styled button that’s right next to your name on your profile page (instead of the detail page of your mix as for the Single Widget) – and it will provide you with a steadily updated list of all uploads done from your profile. You may choose if you prefer to have your uploads displayed as a vertically scrollable list or a horizontally scrollable slideshow – plus, you may choose from one to four columns in which they’re getting displayed. Choosing the standard setting with a two-columned list, the result will look something like that:

5. Explore, enjoy & connect

If you’re not brand new to the world of DJing, clubs and nightlife, you might already have noticed that connecting and networking are the strongest keys to success – you might have the most bad-ass tracks and the most sensational mixing skills, if you don’t have a crew of fans and followers to interact with, you’ll be pretty lost amongst the crowd.

Thus, one thing that will help you way more than spamming in Facebook groups or public forums is interaction – and that’s another thing that we at Play.fm like to make as easy as possible. In the search box right on the page top, you may search for musical genres you’re interested in (https://www.play.fm/tag/dubstep e.g.), check out who’s active in your city (https://www.play.fm/city/vienna e.g.), stop by on other user’s profiles, listen to their mixes, comment on them if you feel like and follow their profile to keep up to date with their activities. By default, users will receive e-mail notifications for any activities on their uploads and profiles, so chances are pretty much 100% they will receive your feedback.

Alright? If anything’s still unclear to you, feel free to get back to us at feedback@play.fm – if not, let’s Play.fm!

Double D.

Interview with: Double D. from Frankfurt am Main

Today, we’d like to introduce you to yet another of our loyal power uploaders, one that has been keeping our feeds funky fresh since 2009: Double D. from Offenbach near Frankfurt/Germany! For six years already, Double D. has been using Play.fm as an archive for his radio show named Funky Fresh – and this has been growing ever since, counting almost 100 uploads by now and attracting an increasing audience. He kindly took his time to chat with us about his show, his hood, his two decades of DJing experience and lots more…

You’re host of the show Funky Fresh, broadcasted live on Frankfurt based Radio X bi-weekly and available within the Play.fm archives later on. When did you start the show, and what was the initial idea?

Back in March 1997, the federal state of Hesse developed first plans on launching a frequency for a non-commercial local radio station. At that time, two applicants in Frankfurt started a week of test broadcasts. That was when the first Funky Fresh show was broadcasted on Radio Tox. Radio Tox, however, was a bunch of unorganized hippies with autonomous structures, and so, after that week, the better organized team of Radio X received the license. A few weeks later however, they asked me to start a Hip Hop show on their frequency, as they were told that my test show on Radio Tox had been pretty good. Ever since, I’ve been doing up to three shows per month (each first, third and fifth Saturday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM) as well as a monthly DJ night (each third Tuesday from 11:00 PM to 2:00 AM) up to this very day. In total, that’s seven to nine hours of radio each month. At Play.fm, a former editor named Dr. Glocke opened the door for me – which I’m still very thankful for.

The title Funky Fresh tells pretty much of the concept, still: To someone who hasn’t heard your show yet, how would you describe the musical bias?

Double D.True, the name says it all: The music has to be funky and fresh. FUNKY stands for a reference to Funk music, the musical structures of broken beats and fat, groovy basslines. FRESH means, that the songs have to be “new”, at least to the show – in all the years since 1997, I’ve never played a song twice. Each show is being freshly prepared with music that I’ve come across within the last weeks. The musical bias, thus, is “new” and “funky”, yet hailing from various genres: Funk, Soul, Downbeat, Reggae, Easy Listening, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, House, Disco, Boogie, Rap and Hip Hop might pop up on the show as well as mashups, remixes or edits of old classics, or – I don’t even know what they call it these days? Trap, Ghetto Funk, Neo Funk, Nu Soul…? It simply has to kick me and have a groove of some sort. Furthermore, I’m strongly involving myself as a DJ on the show, so it might get hard to even tell the borders between the single tracks. Funky Fresh, that’s it – a term that’s rooted in a Hip Hop context, appearing in a lot of songs from the 80ies and defining something that’s new, fresh, cool and hip.

How can we imagine a Funky Fresh show being produced? Do you select the music spontaniously fitting to your current mood, or are the whole two hours planned in advance?

I plan everything just as much as I find the time 🙂 Basically, I prepare the show in several steps. I’m continously scanning new music – if I like something, it ends up in my crate. Once it’s in there, I analyze the BPM, sort the songs by genres and score them using a five star rating. That helps me filtering the tracks and getting to know them better. Indeed, it may happen that a song that already made it into my crate will disappear again. Within two weeks, I usually check out between 200 and 300 songs, of which a maximum of 80 finally gets into the Funky Fresh crate, where I once again sort them by tempo and mood. I usually start the show rather slow and mellow, getting increasingly faster within the two hours. I usually drink one or two 0.5l bottles of coke during the show, which makes me ever more pumped and hectic. You have to keep in mind, it’s Saturday noon and mostly, I’m still tired and hungover from Friday night. It’s sort of a mutual process – the music boosts me and I, accordingly, choose the music within my prepared track pool. Usually, I mix up between 45 and 60 songs within 120 minutes.

Double D.As discussed, you’ve been hosting your show on Play.fm since 2009. What is it that you like about Play.fm generally and the new site particularly?

First of all, I like that I get listened to a lot. I’ve always digged Play.fm, yet, the new player is lovely and the layout is even better arranged and up to date now. I’m having fun putting up mixes on Play.fm, it’s self-explaining and easy to do. Back then, I was looking for a appropriate platform to host my mixes online permanently, as Radio X only broadcasts terrestrially, via cable and live stream, but does not offer any downloads or online archives due to legal reasons. I have to state though that all Funky Fresh shows on Play.fm are edits of the original broadcasts. I cut all the moderation, add an extra intro and might do a few additional edits, making place for new, distinct mixes to emerge.

You’re living in Offenbach am Main, a direct neighbour city to Frankfurt. That area has been a European stronghold for Techno for a long time, with legendary clubs like Dorian Gray, Sven Väth’s Cocoon Club or the Robert Johnson, which is still in business. How do you feel about the local scene, and what is going on besides Techno and Trance?

A big question. I was born in 1972 and fell in love with Hip Hop in the early 80ies. Back then, there was no Techno, but instead, a lot of GIs and US Americans living in the surrounding area. As a consequence, besides Berlin, we used to have one of the most vibrant Hip Hop scenes in Germany. However, as Frankfurt is a rather cold city with a huge focus on money and economics, the scene went commercial pretty soon (remember Snap and such?). In the early 90ies, Techno emerged and of course, I had a few blasts at the Omen or left some graffitis at the Dorian Gray. I’m still going to Robert Johnson every once in a while – rather not because of the music though, but because latenight, it’s often the last spot where there’s still something going on. The local scene, however, is very diverse. It’s true that electronic music is pretty dominant, but within the whole area, there are way more things going on. We have a vivid underground representing all imaginable musical genres. The area around Central Train Station is very hip, as well as a few other spots within the inner city. The harbour of Offenbach is definitely hot, you’ll find anything going on from mainstream to underground. There are three clubs within 75 metres right along the Main riverside: MTW, Robert Johnson and Hafen 2. That builds a narrow, tense atmosphere.

Double D.You’ve been busy as a DJ since the late 80ies. In which ways has being a DJ changed ever since – in positive aspects as well as negative?

For those who are willing, the technique has changed a lot. Of course you can still rock a party with nothing more than two turntables and a simple mixer, that was and still is a wonderful thing to do. However, I’m honestly happy that these days, we have long durable crossfaders and the chance to adjust Highs, Mids and Lows for each channel individually. As a trained radio and television engineer, I’ve always followed the technical progress and supported new developments. Each time has it’s evolution, and today, we’ve almost overcome the analogue vs. digital debate. The progress goes on and Native Instruments’s Traktor software, for instance, comes up with one innovation after another. That makes room for new creative ideas and expands your options. Personally, I prefer the DVS option as I like to keep the feel of vinyl, but don’t feel too much like carrying all my 12.000 vinyl records to each single gig.

Your DJ career took you to quite a lot of places, as part of cultural exchange programs with China and Russia for instance, or as an instructor for Vestax DJ School and VibrA School of DJing. Currently, what does your everyday life look like besides hosting the radio show, and what projects will you be focussing on in the near future?

I’m currently self-employed and do a lot of work with kids and juveniles. According to the motto “Eachoneteachone”, I’m continously trying to help people escape from their everyday frustration and let music and the according emotional perception shine on them, encouraging them in their creative abilities and self-confidence. I’m active in the field of prevention of violence, but also willing to be booked for well paid jobs at a fair occassionally. Anything can, but nothing has to happen. I try to keep the fun in my work and only do what I really feel like. That doesn’t always pay with cash, but mostly with appreciation. I’m still involved with international exchange programs, we try to accomplish with likeminded artists what politics don’t: Equality and exchange of positive minded people to overcome the fear of the unknown, the reduction of prejudices and appreciation for foreign cultures and lifestyles. Those are our goals.

Keen to know what Funky Fresh sounds and feels like? Take a digital slide through memory lane from last week back to 2009 right here – and be sure to follow Double D.‘s profile right here on Play.fm to stay current with way more yet to come!

Further links:
http://www.double-d.dj
http://www.radiox.de/sendungen/funky-fresh.html
https://www.facebook.com/FunkyFreshShow

Mixes by Double D on play.fm

P-Rex

FM4 Frequency DJ-Contest Gewinner: P-Rex (St. Pölten/AT)

Ende Juli haben wir in Kooperation mit VOLUME einen DJ-Contest für das diesjährige FM4 Frequency Festival ausgerufen – und ihr seid unserem Aufruf zahlreich gefolgt, insgesamt 44 Mixes aus nahezu allen Bundesländern und noch viel mehr verschiedenen Genres sind auf unserer Contest Page eingetrudelt. Einer davon besser als der andere, so dass in der Jury auch nach der Vorauswahl jener zwanzig Mixes mit den meisten Likes & Listens ordentlich die Köpfe geraucht und die Ohren geglüht haben – schließlich konnten wir nur einen Slot auf der Hauptbühne des Festival-Nightpark vergeben. Die Wahl fiel letzten Endes auf den gerade mal 17-jährigen P-Rex, der nun am Samstag, den 22. August, das Closing Set von 5:00 bis 6:00 bestreiten wird. Wer schon vorab ein wenig mehr über ihn erfahren möchte, bitte sehr: Wir haben ihn zum Interview gebeten, er hat uns Frage und Antwort gestanden.

Erzähl uns doch zu Beginn ein wenig über dich als Mensch – wie heißt du, wo wohnst du, und was machst du außer Auflegen so?

Ich heiße Jonas Pfeiffer und wohne in Herzogenburg, eine Stadt neben St.Pölten. Neben dem Auflegen gehe ich in das Sportgymnasium in St. Pölten, Sport mache ich aber auch in meiner Freizeit gerne.

Ich lege – wie fast jeder, den ich kenne – mit USB auf CDJs auf. Meinen ersten alleinigen Act hatte ich dieses Jahr am St.Pöltner HTL Ball. Danach hatte ich zahlreiche Acts im Warehouse, einem Club in St.Pölten, sowie letzte Woche am Error in Melk.

Persönlich höre ich fast alles, was in irgendeiner Art elektronische Musik ist, also versuche ich auch meine Sets abwechslungsreich zu gestalten. Man findet in ihnen aber hauptsächlich Trap, Dubstep, Future Bass und Drum and Bass.

Unter mehr als 40 Einreichungen hat es dein Mix auf den ersten Platz beim FM4 Frequency DJ Contest geschafft. Wie ist der Mix denn entstanden, und warum denkst du ist er so gut angekommen?

Ich glaube, dass dieser Mix aus verschiedenen Musikrichtungen sehr gut aufs Frequency passt, aber vor allem hab ich das meinen vielen Freunden zu verdanken, die mich sehr dabei unterstützt haben. Danke!

P-Rex
P-Rex (Picture credit: Jascha Süss)

Nun wirst du am kommenden Samstag von 5:00 bis zum bitteren Ende auf der Hauptbühne des Nightpark zu hören sein. Wie fühlst du dich bei dem Gedanken, und was hast du musikalisch geplant? Bereitest du dich auf deinen Gig vor oder spielst du spontan, was dir in den Sinn kommt?

Ich bin sehr glücklich über diese Chance, vielen Leuten zu zeigen, was ich drauf habe – aber auch ein wenig aufgeregt, weil ich noch nie einen derartig großen Act bestritten habe.

Musikalisch wird das Set von meinem Mix für den DJ-Contest nicht viel abweichen. Ich plane meistens die erste Hälfte vom Set, den Rest mach ich aus der Laune heraus.

Falls es jemand bedauerlicherweise nicht zum FM4 Frequency Festival schaffen sollte, wo kann man dich sonst in nächster Zeit hören? Und was hast du für die Zeit nach dem 22. August geplant?

Natürlich hauptsächlich im Warehouse. Weitere Gigs werde ich auf meiner Facebookseite bekannt geben. Ansonsten werde ich mich aufs Producen konzentrieren und hoffentlich bald meine erste Future Bass Single veröffentlichen können.

Die letzten Worte gehören dir – was möchtest du der Welt noch mitteilen?

Danke an alle, die mich unterstützt haben und danke an Play.fm für diese Chance! Hoffentlich sehe ich euch alle bei meinem Set im Nightpark!

Das hoffen wir auch – denn wir werden Samstag natürlich auch vor Ort sein, um nach einer wilden, lauten Nacht und Auftritten von Porter Robinson, Modestep, Fukkk Offf und Ill.Skillz unseren Contest-Sieger nochmal gehörig anzufeuern und zu seinem Sound in den Sonnenaufgang zu bouncen! Wer ihn noch nicht gehört hat: Hier der Sieger-Mix als Warmup für den Festival-Wahnsinn:

Munich Radio

Interview with Christian Brebeck (Munich-Radio on Play.fm)

Ever asked yourself who the DJs you follow on Play.fm actually are? Throughout the next few weeks and months, we’d like to introduce you to some of the most popular uploaders and radio presenters on Play.fm within a new feature series named Major Players! We’re starting off with Christian Brebeck from Switzerland’s capital Zürich, who has been serving us with fresh sounds since 2009 and has remained on top of our listening stats ever since. In the following interview, he gives us some insight on the idea behind Munich-Radio, his musical concepts and his life in Zürich.

Our first question is pretty obvious: Your mix series on Play.fm is called Munich-Radio, yet, you’re residing in Zürich. How did that come?

Munich-Radio was founded in Munich, which used to be my home until I moved to Switzerland for professional issues in late 2008. Now, Switzerland is the new base for my project – yet, I stayed loyal to the original name and concept, as it was already established globally pretty well.

Munich-Radio already started as a classic webradio in 2006 – what was your initial motivation, and in which way has the concept changed throughout the years?

As I already used to play mixes on local radio stations in Munich (Xanadu, Gong 96.3, 89 HIT FM, StarSat Radio) in my youth days, I developed the idea to share my taste of music with the world in 2005 – which turned out pretty well until the present day. As running a radio as a private person requires donations and private financial means to survive on a long term, I rather use streaming services like Play.fm or Mixcloud to present my work. It’s definitely the better option, as the music might be listened to anytime on demand, while a conventional radio station depends on it’s broadcasting hours.

Currently, I’m compiling samplers for airlines, lounges, hotels, bars or instore concepts and consider myself a small, but fine music label. In the long run, the conventional broadcasting activities of Munich-Radio will have to come to an end.

To someone who isn’t familiar with Munich-Radio yet, how would you describe its musical concept?

Munich-Radio is specialised in wrapping hand-picked titles of the genres Lounge, Downtempo, Electronica, Deephouse, Triphop etc. into a harmonic, diverse mix, which either takes you on a colorful journey or simply knocks your socks off.

Munich-Radio runs free successful mix series:

Beach-Access: Melodich House/Deephouse, Electro, Minimal

Munich-Radio Mix: Electronica, Lounge, Chill-Out, Trip-Hop, World Music

Space Quest: Very spacey, futuristic tracks of any genre, from chilled to jiggy

Furthermore, mix specials like Oriental, B-Sides, or Best of 90’s may pop up every once in a while.

What can we imagine the process of producing a Munich-Radio show like?

I’m always hunting for awesome tracks, that touch me in whatever way. All tracks that get shortlisted are gathered in a to check out folder for the appropriate mix series. Once a folder is well-filled, I start to mix the single tracks into one coherent piece, considering style, tempo and variety. A couple of hours and bags of trail mix later, the mix is ready for mastering and each single track is getting optimized once again. Mostly, the result might be heard here on Play.fm first, followed by other streaming sites.

Thanks for the appreciation – of course, we’re curious now, what is it that you like about Play.fm?

I dig Play.fm because it gives me a great global reach, and because uploading and editing your work is really easy to do… and all that free of charge and without any upload limits.

Chris (Munich Radio)As mentioned before, you’re living in Zürich. What’s the local music and club scene like, which clubs, artists or record stores can you recommend?

No doubt, my favourite is the Supermarket. An authentic club with a similar choice in musical genres and artists as I play in my mixes – anything from Deephouse to Old School House (New Jersey, Chicago styled), no mainstream.

Vinyl lovers are best served at Panthera Records, who have 20.000 LPs and singles of the genres Deephouse, Minimal and Progressive in stock. However, I purchase my music comfortably online or directly from the artists.

Besides doing your Munich-Radio mixes, do you play live gigs?

While I was still living in Munich, I had weekly performances at O2-Lounge, Lutter & Wegner (Künstlerhaus), occassionally in other parts of Europe and worldwide as well. Currently, I rather play at private VIP partys than in clubs.

I rather consider myself a small, but fine music label, that compiles music for airlines, clubs, bars, lounges, hotels, in-store radio and similar purposes – in other words, I bring my personal taste of music to market.

Yet, I can still be booked for events.

And what do you do apart from your musical activities – jobwise as well as in your private life?

In my private life, of course, my heart mainly beats for music – that, I think, can be heard in my mixes.

Jobwise, I’ve been travelling the world as a freelance IT specialist and consultant in the world of telecommunications, mobile communiactions and IT security throughout the last 15 years. Windsurfing, my motorbike and the proper music added are a good contrast for all the mental exercise my work life demands.

Finally, let’s talk future prospects: What can we expect from Munich-Radio within the coming weeks, months and years?

A pipeline full of terrific tracks that are just waiting to be played out, for sure. Furthermore, I’m working hard to establish Munich-Radio as a music label and match even more tremendous compilations to customers, places and events they fit with.

Customers like Etihad Airways, BMW or various clubs and hotels of distinction have already been very excited, and it’s especially that kind of feedback, that keeps me motivated for that cause. As it’s hardly possible to manage everything myself, I’m currently looking for affiliates.

 

None less than 128 Munich-Radio mixes (status: August 11th, 2015) can be listened to right here – to stay informed about many more still to come, be sure to follow Christian’s Play.fm Profile!

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5 reasons why Play.fm might suit you better than Soundcloud

Today, I’d like to get into one question that pops up every once in a while in our inbox:

“I’m already hosting my mixes on Soundcloud, why should I upload them to Play.fm?”

While there’s absolutely no resentment from our side for Soundcloud (in fact, it’s a great platform and the author of these lines is actively using it himself to share his own productions with the world), Play.fm’s focus and general conditions are quite different.

1. Length matters, after all: Unlimited upload capacities

For instance: Though the three hours of music that you can upload to Soundcloud with a free account might be more than enough for music producers (that’s more or less two full albums), they‘re barely enough for DJs or radio hosts. The groove and tension you built up within your latest three-and-a-half hours warmup set won’t fit in, and neither will your new CD length mixtape if you still want to keep the ones from the last two month.

Play.fm does it the other way round. While making sure no one accidentally uploads single tracks by demanding a minimum length of 20 minutes, the space available for your music can only be described in the words of the legendary Eurodance project 2Unlimited: „There’s no limit“. Let this 11 hours lasting back2back-set be the proof:

2. The best things in life are free: No charges

Long-time contributers (if you didn’t know, we’ve been online since back in 2004!) love the fact that they have an ever-growing archive of their artistic work with us, where they can always reach back and analyze their progress or simply remember the good, old days. And, to clearly state that: Play.fm accounts have been free of charge for the last ten years, and they will remain free for the next decade and beyond.

Uploading music on Play.fm is free with unlimited capcities
Free & unlimited – our upload page says it all..!

3. Mixtapes are not a crime: No content filter

Some of you might have experienced the fact that Soundcloud is rather thought for original tracks und recordings than DJ sets in a pretty painful way: Since Soundcloud implemented their new copyright policy, loads of users have seen their recordings deleted or even their full account shut down due to copyright infringement. We at Play.fm have been purely dedicated to DJ mixes and radio shows from the very beginning and thus have taken appropriate safety measures.

4. Think globally, act locally: Focus on local talents

While the internet definitely holds a lot of chances for you as a DJ or radio host, you might see yourself exposed to a battle for your piece of the cake with a large number of other artists from around the world, whereat some might fight with weapons that you simply can’t afford – huge marketing and promotional teams, top connections to sponsors and media and a bunch of well-filled bank accounts

Vienna City Channel
Vienna’s vivid local scene captured on our city channel

As Play.fm evolved from the local club scene in Vienna and would not be where it is today without all the benefit of its unsung heroes, we feel an obligation to rather keep the focus on those who are working hard to make people dance right where they live than on the ubiquitus jet-set plagued superstars. We payed tribute to that circumstance when recently re-creating our site from scratch with the implementation of city channels that give you the chance to explore local scenes around the world. That’s what we do in our office as well: We try to listen to as many of your mixes as possible and share them to our usership – might it be within the Editor’s Picks column on our website or in form of the Set of the day, that we manually choose each day to present on or Facebook and Twitter profiles. The local fun, by the way, has just yet started: If you haven’t caught it yet, be sure to check out our feature on 30 influential DJs from Vienna. Similar features from other cities to follow, maybe from yours as well..?

5. Expand your horizon: More global reach

Despite these main differences, we generally don’t like to see ourselves as competition to Soundcloud or equivalent platforms, but rather as another fish in a lake that is big enough for different tastes and preferences. Every of the named platforms has users that rather stick to them for whatever reason, and so do we. While our main listenership hails form Austria, Germany and Switzerland, we have regular users from more than 100 other countries. As an artist, you can probably benefit from all of them – so if you’re already uploading to Soundcloud, iTunes or whatever platform, why not expand your reach to some amongst our long-grown and loyal listenership of 100,000+ music lovers?

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