SoundCloud is often thought of as a hangout for indie kids and backyard bands – a place to discover new music. And that is true to some extent, but it’s far from the full story.
It’s where many people go to find fresh tracks, as many bands will often release their music on SoundCloud before releasing to Apple Music, Spotify, and other music sites. It’s where I first listened to Table People, a band based in Seoul, South Korea, who play a “whatever you like” style of sound.
However, the Berlin-based music-sharing site is more than just a few indie bands that appeal to hipsters. The site boasts an impressive amount of monthly active users — 175 million at the time of writing — many of whom are sharing some great tunes. Compare this with Spotify’s 75 million active monthly users and you’ll learn that SoundCloud is serious about music.
Let us make is very clear. SoundCloud is more than just a place to find obscure music. SoundCloud also boasts an impressive lineup of highly regarded bands, a place where the distinguished help to find the unknown, as was the case when Snoop Dogg and Polish artist Iza Lach collaborated.
Furthermore, the site just signed a licensing deal with Universal Music, which includes a roster of Adele, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, and other music sensations. SoundCloud also has a license deal with Warner Brothers, and is one of the reasons why so many bands today have gotten noticed, which is what G-Eazy says in his “SoundCloud 60” interview. Not bad for a supposed garage band music platform.