SoundCloud announced today the launch of ‘SoundCloud Next Wav’, a new experiential event series with workshops, career building activities and creative exhibitions by day, and by night, an all-Atlanta live music showcase with the city’s hottest rising talent. Debuting at the A3C Festival and Conference in Atlanta on October 22, 2022, this one-day-only activation is forlocal artists and fan communities, and features some of the biggest names and rising stars in music.
“The artist and fan communities on SoundCloud are leading what’s now and next in music culture and our ‘SoundCloud Next Wav’ experience brings the community together in a live activation to foster creativity, connectivity, and artist career growth,” said Erika Leone, Vice President, Brand Marketing at SoundCloud. Adding, “Thousands of artists and fans turned out for SoundCloud’s first A3C event and we are excited to return to Atlanta, which, like SoundCloud, is synonymous with thriving global music scenes and breaking tomorrow’s hottest stars.”
Hosted atThe Wxllxmon Friday, October 22st from 12pm-on, ‘SoundCloud Next Wav’ kicks off with a keynote discussion on the future of artist empowerment in the new fan economy with SoundCloud President,EliahSeton, and Chief Content & Marketing Officer,Lauren Wirtzer-SeawoodplusTroy Carter, Founder and CEO of Q&A, and platinum selling rapper/ producer & author,Russ. Following this, the line-up features in-depth conversations hosted by SoundCloud’s music team on what it takes for artists to break out, engage fans and succeed in music today.
The ‘SoundCloud Next Wav’ experience in Atlanta will bring artists and fans closer together through networking, career building and new music discovery including: breakout sessions with music execs; professional photo studio hosted by famed photographer Cam Kirk; custom built studio for creators to showcase their freestyle skills; pass the aux session to get your music heard throughout the experience; and, merch giveaways.
The experience will also feature art installations from Atlanta’s own star illustrator,FRKOand artistPaper Frankcreated in real time. Additionally, FRKO is creating a comic book inspired walk-through exhibition illustrating the real-world power of the artist to fan relationship through SoundCloud’s game-changing,fan-powered royaltiesmodel, featuring Philly artist and cofounder of Million Watts,Dot Cromwell.
‘SoundCloud Next Wav’ is capped by a live music showcase with performances from hometown artists on the riseBKTHERULA,Baby Santana,Metro Marrs,LeetoandLanceDaYunginand DJ sets byGenesis,OHSOandChampagne Trap. Baby Santana, BKTHERULA, Metro Marrs, LeetoandLanceDaYunginare all featured artists on SoundCloud’s top playlist, ‘The Lookout’, surfacing the most exciting emerging hip-hop talent and hit weekly series, ‘The Lookout by SoundCloud’, available on SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop Nation.
In addition to ‘SoundCloud Next Wav’, SoundCloud music and creator services teams will host two sessions,Community is the New Currency and Fan-powered innovations:HowSoundCloud’s helping artists build their careers on their own termsduring the A3C Conference & Festival program on Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22nd.
‘SoundCloud Next Wav’ (By Day)
Location:The Wxllms, 874 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
1.00pm – 2.00pm:The Fan Economy
Four music industry powerhouses, including SoundCloud’s new President, EliahSeton and Chief Marketing and Content Officer, Lauren WirtzerSeawoodplus Troy Carter, Founder and CEO of Q&A, and rapper, songwriter and producer, Russ, share their views on what independent artists need to succeed in music streaming today and the power of fans to help build their success.
Russ, Producer and Rapper
TroyCarter, Founder and CEO of Q&A
LaurenWirtzer-Seawood, Chief Content & Marketing Officer, SoundCloud
EliahSeton, President, SoundCloud
2.00pm – 3.30pm:SoundCloud in conversation – Breaking out in music today
There are a multitude of ways for artists to break and grow in the music industry today. Join two roundtable conversations to learn how artists can break through in 2021 and beyond.
DreaJackson, Manager, Artist Relations, SoundCloud
Caiaffa, Interim Head of Music, SoundCloud
BarryJohnson, Co-Founder & President of SinceThe80’s
Zekiel(Zeke) Nicholson, Co-Founder of SinceThe80’s
Surmon(Mon) Neal,Artist Relations – SinceThe80s
Followed by a second conversation, featuring panelists:
Erika Montes, Head of Artist Relations, SoundCloud
Yazid Britt, Senior Manager, A&R, SoundCloud
Tunde Balogun, President, Love Renaissance (LVRN)
JuniaAbaidoo, Operations & Touring, Love Renaissance (LVRN)
CarlonRamong, Creative Director, Love Renaissance (LVRN)
JusticeBaiden, Head of A&R, Love Renaissance (LVRN)
SeanFamoso, Head of Marketing and Brand Partnerships, Love Renaissance (LVRN)
3.30pm – 5.30pm:Interactive programming
Meet the Squad: Network and come meet the SoundCloud team, get feedback and advice on how to elevate your career with us.
Next Wav Sessions: Come shoot your shot in our custom booth, spit bars from pre-selected beats and get valuable feedback.
Pass The Aux: Got some new music you want us all to hear? We’ll be playing music in the space all throughout the afternoon from emerging ATL artists, creators will be asked to submit prior to the activation
Collective Gallery Assets Creation Station:Creators can add to their EPK’s and get headshots with renowned photographer Cam Kirk and his Collective Gallery.
‘SoundCloud Next Wav’ (By Night)
8.00pm – 1.00am*:SoundCloud Next Wav Music Showcase
Catch performances from some of the hottest homegrown Atlanta talent, including headlinerBKTHERULA, the young pop rap artist who’slatest EP drops the same day, and featuring breakout starBaby Santana, who’s setting out on his first tour with collaborator Lil Tecca later this year,Metro Marrs, the singer, songwriter and rapper known for his mixtape ‘Popular Loner,’ artistLanceDaYungin, who’s recent debut track, ‘Slide,’ quickly made him one of the buzziest new artists in the Atlanta area, andLeeto, the DMV music-scene favorite and frontrunner of rap’s next generation. All are featured artists on SoundCloud’s top playlist,‘The Lookout’, surfacing the most exciting emerging hip-hop talent and hit weekly series, ‘The Lookout by SoundCloud’, available exclusively on SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop Nation.
SoundCloud is a next-generation music entertainment company, powered by an ecosystem of artists, listeners, and curators on the pulse of what’s new, now and next in culture. Founded in 2007, SoundCloud is an artist-first platform empowering artists to build and grow their careers by providing them with the most progressive tools, services, and resources. With over 275 million tracks from 30 million creators heard in 190 countries, the future of music is SoundCloud.
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