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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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Let´s Play.fm! All about the new Play.fm

Play.fm has been delivering DJ sets to your ears since 2004. We replaced the original website in early 2009 with a site that we hoped would be a great step into the future. But soon we recognised that it was a bit too complicated to use, had too many features and couldn’t scale with increasing traffic. That was the time when we decided to do a complete rebuild and prepare the ground for more adventures in online music discovery.

But why launch a new audio platform in times when there are already plenty of other big companies offering streaming platforms? The answer is simple: As technology geeks and music enthusiasts we are deeply convinced that we are still at the beginning of how technology can influence the way we discover music and other audio content — as well as the way we can present music and how it lets us interact with each other. And we are not alone in thinking that other platforms neither have found the best form of presenting content, nor have they reached the maximum potential of audience. And they also haven’t been able to address all the needs of everyone interested in music and audio. We at Play.fm see that there’s still a lot of room for innovation and improvement.

The new Play.fm won’t be perfect initially and will be far from being the final result of our vision — but it´s a solid foundation to let new ideas grow. We see Play.fm as a long term project, and we’ll take the time we need to turn our vision into a great platform. We´ll be traveling in a loop between trial and error and hopefully learn fast to build great features that help you discover new music and dive into new worlds, online as well as offline.

So, what does all this really mean for the first release of the new platform?

City page Vienna, on the new Play.fm website
City page Vienna, on the new Play.fm website
  1. We keep the focus on DJ mixes and podcasts.
  2. The interface is much slicker, and pages load a lot faster.
  3. An integrated audio player always stays at the bottom of your browser and keeps playing while you browse through the site. It´s HTML5 (no flash anymore), so it also works on mobile devices (iOS, Android). The same is true for the new widget.
  4. Once you are logged in, the newsfeed is your new homepage. It keeps you informed about new uploads, playlists, likes and listens of the people you follow.
  5. It only takes 45 seconds to publish a mix (60 minutes, mp3, 128kbit). Uploading is free as it always was, and you´ll get unlimited storage.
  6. City pages let you discover local DJs, labels, clubs and promoters and show you the latest and the most popular mixes recorded in the area. We think that there are sufficient platforms presenting DJs like Tiesto or David Guetta. Instead, we focus on those truly creative local players around the world that we strive to bring to the surface. That´s what the new Play.fm is all about.

For users of the old platform:

  • The old website will be closed down, soon.

  Starting Monday, Feb 2, 2015, logging in and uploading will be deactivated on the old site (but you will still be able to browse the site and listen.) Then, all data is transferred, taking approximately 2-3 days. On Thursday, Feb 5, 2015, the new site should be ready for use and the old one will be turned off.

  • All data is transferred to the new platform

This means that you will be able to log in with your existing account, find any audio you have uploaded since 2004 and still see all of your followers and the pages you started following. Even old links to profiles and mixes will be redirected to new profiles and mixes.

  • There´s only one layout for all user profiles on the new site

We dumped the differences in the profile layouts of listeners, DJs, clubs, radio shows, etc. You will still be able to show what type of user you are but the appearance is the same for all. So, if you had a listener profile and a DJ profile both with the same name, we tried to merge them into one profile. If you still find two profiles on the new site send us a short note, and we´ll merge them for you.

  • Certain sections are not transferred to the new site:

Shop, events calendar, radio show calendar, and charts. Let´s hold a minute´s silence here in commemoration of these awesome tools. Thank you. One or the other will be re-born as a beautiful butterfly, we certainly believe.

  • Old widgets cannot be continued and need to be replaced with the new widget

Unfortunately, it was not possible to automatically replace the old widgets with the new ones. You will need to remove the old ones and generate and embed the new code manually. The good news is that the new widget is much nicer and coded in HTML5, so it works without flash and therefore on mobile devices, as well. In case you have hundreds of widgets on your site, we may find a way to help you with generating the code for the new widgets, see contact details below.

  • Current mobile apps will not be replaced by new versions immediately

As we were quite busy with building the new website and we try to do things step by step, the current mobile apps will stay as they are for some time. This means that they will not show any new uploads from the new site, but only deliver the mixes of the old site. Please be patient while we build new fancy apps.

 

What we have planned for the near future:

  • more widgets, more customisation
  • search for cities, for mixes, and for tracks within tracklists
  • play all mixes of a playlist and continuous play
  • responsive website layout
  • mobile apps
  • time-stamp tracklists, import pre-written tracklists
  • statistics about who listened from where and for how long
  • and a lot more things we will announce a bit later, so stay tuned for more news on this blog!

 

For any questions or comments on the new site you can contact us at feedback@play.fm. We´d love to hear your feedback and hope you´ll like the new site!

Thanks to everyone supporting this project! Without you this new release would not be possible. Special thanks go to Vienna Business Agency  for funding the development costs in part.

Let´s Play.fm!

 

BTW, in case you are an upcoming coding genius or a digital music geek and would like do your internship at Play.fm in Vienna, we´ll be happy to receive your application at jobs@play.fm with a nice motivation letter and CV. An existing work permission for the EU is a requirement.