We’ve Freshened Up Our Explore Page!

Check it out, we’ve given our Explore Page a new look! You guys are still center-stage, but the page features a clearer layout for easy navigation of all of Spreaker’s great creations.

Let’s give you a quick run-through of what you see:

Featured, Star on Stage, and iHeartRadio Pick choices are the first things you see, updated throughout the week. We’ve found a lot of excellent collections and shows to promote throughout the run, and are always listening for the next big thing. Want to get up there? Just send us a link to your show, along with a short description and picture. If everything correctly follows our guidelines, you’ll be given top placement on the page!

In the middle you’ll find the Best of the Community, where you can start navigating all of the content available on Spreaker. It’s where our Sponsored users are spotlighted, as well as actual live broadcasts. Plus, you can access all of the categories of audio available.

Lastly, at the bottom, are our Recommended Lists. Each list is based around its own theme, or niche topic, and is put together by Spreaker’s staff. If you think your show could be listed on one of these lists, contact us here.

We think our Explore Page looks great, and think you’ll like it too. Want to tell us about it? Give us your feedback!

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Introducing the New Spreaker Store!

Spreaker’s got some amazing new products to offer you, to help you fully establish your brand and really push your broadcasting to new heights.

So, where can you find these new goodies?

 

Welcome to Spreaker’s Store! Take a look at what we’ve got:

Ad Campaigns: Want to see your stats soar? Promote your shows and episodes with your own ads and banners displayed throughout Spreaker’s website. That’s right, you won’t be seeing traditional ads around the site any longer, they’ll all have been created and submitted by hosts like you. It’s a great way to pique millions of Spreaker users’ interests about your name and audio content.

Customized Apps: Coming soon, you’ll be able to order an app made specifically for your own broadcast, for both iTunes and Android. Just send an image and description of your show, and we’ll take care of all the tech and upkeep – and all for a low price. It’s yet another way to establish your brand and develop a closer relationship with your listeners, who can interact directly with you through the app.

And of course, our classic products:

Pro Plans: Upgrade to a Pro subscription and get extra features for a more professional broadcasting experience!

Voiceovers: Create high quality voice overs and jingles for your Spreaker show with the incredibly talented team at Music Radio Creative.

We can’t wait for you guys to try things out, so take a look around the Spreaker Store now, then tell us what you think!

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Announcing our new Windows Phone app!

Windows Phone users, this one’s for you!

We’re ready to reach out, and get you listening to audio content on your favorite device!

Check out Windows Phone’s unique design, where by dragging the screen to the left or right, you can access different sections and browse content.

Access the best of Spreaker’s live and pre-recorded audio in the Explore section, keep up with followed users and what they make through the Newsfeed, and don’t miss the curated lists and staff favorites found in the Featured section.

Plus (and this is totally exciting) interact with users as they go live via the chatbox, and follow your favorites as you browse great content.

So, let’s sum things up for you!

  • Listen to live radio shows, podcasts and music tracks

  • Discover new talk shows and music produced by the Community

  • Interact with the hosts and other listeners during live broadcasts

  • Follow people and keep updated on their activity within the Community

Like the new app? Give it, and us, a little love by downloading and sharing it with your fellow Windows Phone friends!

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Spreaker Bands: Meet the Sound of Rock in Russia – Stoneberry

Stoneberry brings their eclectic beats to Spreaker and the world with their Oak Tree EP. We spoke to the band, based in Moscow, Russia.

Do you mind introducing yourselves?

Ilya: I’ve been in the band since we decided to form it together with Grant, during our school years. At first I was excited to play guitar, and was deeply influenced by David Gilmour, but since we never did find a bassist, I tried it out and have enjoyed it ever since then.

Grant: I’ve been playing drums for 7 years, and it is quite funny how I came to it. We decided to form a band and I simply said “OK, I’ll be the drummer”. At school I had met my first drum teacher, and now drums are my life.

Anton: I tried singing out when I was 12. At that time I started playing classical guitar, which I had received from my father. He was my first guru to the world of music, and he taught me to play guitar and piano. At that time I wrote my first songs.

How did Stoneberry start?

Ilya: Stoneberry finally gathered over 4 years ago, but since we came up with the spontaneous idea with Grant to play musical instruments at school, we went through years  of looking for members. I became acquainted with our guitarist Fedya in University and after we were three, Anton found us on the Internet.

Anton: Yeah, the guys tried several vocalists but it all came to nothing. I had also had a band at school, but it broke up as I was looking for a new one. After some unsuccessful attempts to form my own band, I saw they were looking for a vocalist. Since then, we’ve been Stoneberry.

How would you describe your sound? Who and what have been your personal influences?

Grant: Our music is a mix of different genres, because every one of us has different musical influences and frequently they are dispersed. But our compositions are the intersection of our musical tastes. As for myself, I was influenced by my first drum teacher, who gave me my first boost.

My influences are absolutely diverse, for example I like bands such as Gretchen Parlato and Animals As Leaders. But personally, I’m more inspired by individual musicians such as JP Bouvet, Ruslan Gadzhimuradov, Steeve Gadd, Aaron Spears etc.

Anton: I agree that in Stoneberry we can combine all of our ideas and influences, and that’s why I think we always vary in musical genres, play with song structures, apply new instruments, etc. This musical flexibility allows us to create something very exciting and unusual, and it could be why it’s attractive to people.

As for personal influences, I enjoy classic, unfading bands and solo musicians – and there are too many to list, but I also always try to find new names. The latest that have impressed me were soul singers Lianne La Havas and Rhye. My vocal style is mainly formed on Thom Yorke, Neil Young and Jim Morrison.

Ilya: We can’t describe our sound as a certain genre and though, as Grant said, we listen to different music, we can still correlate with each other. I’m inspired by bands such as Pink Floyd, Dredg, Porcupine Tree, and the Russian band In A Nutshell.

You are based in Russia, but have you had a chance to bring your music abroad?

Anton: We haven’t yet had a chance to play abroad, but with the help of social networks like Facebook and mainly Last.fm, we can be heard in different countries and sometimes get feedback. I think that one day we’ll play live somewhere in Europe or wherever and bring our music to foreign audiences.

Do you find audiences abroad take in your music differently?

Grant: Perhaps, yes. Foreign music sets a high standard for composing and performing, and it’s really hard to gather pace with it. Plus, in developed countries people are more accustomed to these higher music standards. In Russia there are fewer professionals and it’s easier to amaze the audience, although people are still not as eager to discover something new.

Anton: However the situation is changing nowadays and the new modern tendencies are beginning to penetrate Russian music markets, too.

Are you touring now, or will you be touring soon?

Ilya: No, though we have some local gigs booked in Moscow and in the suburbs. We are currently concentrating on preparing studio recording sessions for a new single – the starting point to our first LP. After that I think we’ll plan a tour in Russia and enlarge our audience.

Congratulations, guys! We wish you all the best!

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