Quick, go listen to everything on Kaskade’s SoundCloud before it’s deleted
A fortnight ago news broke that Twitter may be considering buying SoundCloud, a deal that would likely force the streaming platform to crack down more heavily on copyright infringement. While the deal’s been neither confirmed nor denied, it would appear that SoundCloud has started pulling content it deems as infringing copyright, and one of the first major targets is America’s house music poster boy Kaskade.
“I have gotten 32 emails like this over the past 2 days…” Kaskade tweeted recently, with a picture of a takedown notice from SoundCloud. “I imagine over the next week my entire sound cloud will be taken down. Sorry but there is nothing I can do here… Although 70% of my sound cloud has been taken down you might want to consider visiting it and grabbing those last bits…”
I have gotten 32 emails like this over the past 2 days… *end of an era pic.twitter.com/LRT9IUqJrM
— Kaskade (@kaskade) June 4, 2014
SoundCloud uses an automated system to identify and block uploaded content that’s copyright protected, including tracks in DJ mixes and bootlegs, mashups and remixes; however, to date SoundCloud has not had extensive licensing deals with major labels. Kaskade’s SoundCloud still has an extensive selection of his original tracks and remixes, for the time being, and the producer has been particularly generous in giving away free music of late, releasing his back-catalogue one album at a time on YouTube every Monday since February. But this isn’t the first time he’s expressed disappointment with the mechanics of getting music to his fans.
“So as you may or may not know, I am in between labels now,” Kaskade – who has been aligned with Ultra Music – tweeted back in March. “Meaning, I don’t have a REAL way to release music… As my career progressed and more importantly, as more people discovered this kind of music, it has become increasingly difficult to get music out and heard… Which is cool – things change and move forward, so as of right now I am just chilling, figuring out what is next.”
It looks like he now has that idea planned out – Kaskade announced on Twitter that he’d be following in the footsteps of Deadmau5 and launching his own custom music portal, tweeting, “Yes, so I will move forward with constructing my own portal where I can share what I like when I like.” More details on exactly what that will entail are still to come, but in the meantime you can go backstage on Kaskade’s recent intimate US club tour ‘Redux’ with the first recap video just posted to YouTube.