By Tyler Aberle
It’s 2017 y’all. If you haven’t utilized SoundCloud quite yet, hop on board real quick.
Times have changed in the music game, and it has never been more possible to blow up over night as an artist than it is now. By no means does that mean it is easy; it still requires the grind and dedication you hear about. Apps like SoundCloud just provide an incredible base for new and aspiring artists to put their music out for the internet to grab a hold of.
The music sharing site opened back in 2007, but more and more recently it is responsible for the blow up of artists in the likes of Bryson Tiller, Chance The Rapper, Russ, and Flatbush Zombie. Many say that it will never be as great of a host place for music like Spotify, and to that I say it’s because it isn’t supposed to be. SoundCloud prides itself for artists to upload their content for free, and for the internet to catch hold of the up and coming talent and do what it does to make it viral.
You know those remixes of songs that you hear once and can never find on Spotify/Apple Music but it’s a banger and you need it in your life? There is a 9/10 chance that it is from an artist on SoundCloud. Once you search the right thing and find it, you will come across the other gems waiting to be dug up. And these gems, unlike the blood diamonds in Sierra Leone, are easy to find. Something SoundCloud has won me over with is their radio stations that play similar songs to the one you are listening to. So if you feel the vibe of something, just let it play and an infinite amount of songs with similar sounds will come your way.
Long story short, SoundCloud is tight. The interface can take some getting used to, but once you get your groove, it’s smooth sailing. Oh yeah, by the way, it’s free. So go grab it and find the next big artist to hit the radio. Bless up.