Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, together with the Baltic nations (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia). Music from 10 different timezones is what we found when we entered the Far from Moscow website.
The music platform that got it’s name from Vasily Azhaev’s famous soviet novel was established by the in Los Angeles based ‘Professor’ David MacFadyen who teaches in Musicology and Comparative Literature Depts at UCLA. By creating ‘Far from Moscow’ MacFadyen gave a lot of young and new talent a platform that considers and promotes their music.
We think that this site is one of the best platforms to find new music on, so we decided to choose ‘Far from Moscow’ as Blog of the week!
Go to Far from Moscow by clicking here.
As you might already know, we are adding new sites to our database every week. Since it’s almost impossible to know every cool site on the web, we decided to start highlighting a couple of them for you every week.
This week we are starting off with Attack Magazine. Do you want to know how to EQ your mix? Or how your favorite artists are producing their tracks? You can find it all on this electronic music platform. Insights, news or reviews on technology, technique and creativity is what you will find when you shuffle through the website of the London based Attack Magazine.
Here’s an example from one of the posts that got us interested. In this article you will find Alain and Tommy Four Seven talking about the gear they created their album with at the ‘These Hidden Hands’ studio in Berlin. Also if you like looking at pictures of Analogue systems then oh, well.. just click here.
Shuffle through Attack Magazine here: http://shuffler.fm/sites/attackmagazine
Thissongissick.com is an electronic music blog based out of Boulder (Colorado) and has become one of the most popular sites of its kind with over hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide.
What started as a small blog for a college kid to share music has blossomed into a fully-functioning music publication brand complete with artist interviews, exclusive music releases and substantial content that keeps readers engaged and coming back frequently.
Thissongissick.com has also built a recognizable name in dance music by sponsoring events like Rowdytown with GRiZ and Big Gigantic as well as setting up Meet & Greet booths at massive festivals such as Camp Bisco and Electric Forest.
At the helm of the TSIS movement is Nick Guarino; a 22-year-old electronic music entrepreneur with an eye for opportunity and a goal of providing good music to fans for free.Thissongissick.com began after Guarino moved to Colorado to attend CU Boulder.
With a burning sense of curiosity and an overwhelming amount of new discoveries in local hip-hop and electronic music, Nick Guarino created Thissongissick.com in 2010. The site grew in popularity on CU Boulder campus, and quickly spread to other campuses across the country. Soon, TSIS was gaining momentum beyond the college crowd, and grew ties with acts like Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond, and rising Detroit-based producer GRiZ. After their first exclusive release with Big Gigantic, TSIS servers were so flooded with traffic that they crashed. Since then, the site has been upgraded, and reaches over 500,000 readers a month. They have broken over 10,000,000 plays on SoundCloud and acquired a following of almost a quarter million. TSIS even offers discount and early bird ticketing to select events on their website.
The story of how TSIS rose to the point it is today is inspiring in itself and is a statement about the trend of music distribution in the modern age. Thissongissick.com is a successful example of an effective medium for sharing and releasing music void of record companies and the often lengthy and frustrating process that can come with a label release. Nick Guarino has been able to create a blog that actively contributes to the scene as opposed to simply providing commentary on it.
Check out This Song Is Sick on Shuffler.fm HERE
Check out the latest posts of TSIS HERE
(Written by Sean Sherwood)
While he was still in college and after having the experience of being arts editor of his university newspaper, Andrew Smith founded his first ever project. This is quite a feat, as XLR8R has become one of… or perhaps THE leading website when it comes to electronic music.
Andrew learned how to enjoy music from his father. From The Rolling Stones to Pink Floyd, his dad played it all from his LP’s and reel-to-reel tapes. And with his musical idol being Morrissey and his obsession with The Smiths (no relation) he says: “My dad taught me how to enjoy music as the central focus, versus as a background to other activity. I learned the creativity and emotion of music can take you places and tell stories”.
His love for electronic music came from the way the genre pushes boundaries. “The tools and sounds of electronic music are always evolving, the people who make the music are always trying to reinvent, and the audience wants the newest and the best”. Smith did try his hand at releasing music and DJing, but discovered his talents lie in publishing and running websites.
XLR8R originally began as a print magazine in 1993. The magazine set out to combat the lack of information about electronic music in the United States. Inspired by the DIY culture of the genre, Smith spearheaded the magazine so he could join in on the fun.
He says: ‘’Back then you had lots of events (raves), record labels, shops, and clothing companies that were being launched by kids like me. I loved the idea of joining an underground movement, being that I was pretty obsessed with Antiestablishmentarianism at the time. Oh, and I loved electronic music of course! Couldn’t get enough raving and loud music. It felt like I was living in the future.‘’
The website was launched in 1995, but didn’t take off until the mid-2000s when web publishing grew. XLR8R has earned a reputation for staying ahead of the curve and knowing what the next big thing in electronic music is. The site stays true to its mission of exposing new artists.
In the beginning XLR8R’s writers were DJs, since they were the only experts on the field. This was a problem as they struggled with deadlines and their writing wasn’t exactly up to par. Now he uses his editorial team to identify potential writers. For those looking to break into the field he says: ‘’ The best way to get started as a writer is to freelance for smaller publications, start your own blog, and generally hustle!’’
Smith is currently keeping an eye on house music. The genre was popular when XLR8R first began and Smith has noticed its comeback, especially in the UK and San Francisco.
He also says there are plans for future site partnerships but Smith won’t reveal with whom. Instead he recommends checking XLR8R every day to find out what is new.
XLR8R on Shuffler.fm HERE
Check out the latest tracks on XLR8R HERE
(Written by Nina Ulloa)