Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 24, 2014.
About this project
UPDATE! 7/24/2014 - Campaign Canceled but Democratic Radio Still Going Strong
Thanks for visiting. We decided to close our campaign for a later relaunch, but the beat goes on at liquid.radio. So visit http://liquid-radio.com for the only radio you'll find that's 100% controlled by majority vote. Everything from music and news, to reports and advertising.
Welcome to the World's First Democratic Radio – You vote, we broadcast!
liquid.radio is the first-ever Democratic Radio where the programming is entirely determined by majority vote. By means of liquid.feedback anyone can suggest songs and topics for airplay, the majority votes on them, and we broadcast the winners. Thus the content is entirely user-generated. Users earn feedback points they can exchange for gift cards, downloads, and concert tickets. It is the first real-time democratic media.
The revolution of media - What is new, interesting or different?
In contrast to traditional media it is the listeners themselves who determine the programming. What sets us apart from the rest of the online streaming sites is that we give exposure and feedback to the artists and their fans have an opportunity to directly effect the success and exposure that their favorite band gets while simultaneously being rewarded for their participation. Successful nominees are awarded with Daily Support (news updates on band activity, current shows, signings, and album releases), liquid.feedback (in depth statistics on the overall performance of their nominated tracks), and interviews.
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Why not just use "the spot" for individual music streaming?
Individual streaming services, in general, were an important media innovation, but not an effective long-term solution for artists and fans of their music. A system that's basically an MP3 player playlist keeps artist's locked away in Pandora's box where they receive no exposure about what those artists are currently up to and no direct connection to their fans. For yourself it means less freedom, because you are put into a predetermined user demographic of "Artists you might also like" and lose the opportunity to discover music that you might like that doesn't fit into the company's profile of what you should be listening to. Information should be free and spread by word of mouth and not by putting you in a filing cabinet.
How does it work?
The way our system works, users exchange points for sponsored prizes. Every user can vote and suggest, thus earning feedback points they can turn into gift cards, downloads and concert tickets. Our sponsors are also our advertisers and, more than advertising, they receive market research, feedback, and analysis on what their prospective customers are and aren't interested in. Furthermore we also offer a social ranking system and competitive analysis against their competition. Given our status as a Democratic Radio Station, we're able to give a type of feedback no one else online can match. Hard-to-answer questions like "What kind of music is trending?" "What keywords are trending within certain age groups?" "What is unpopular? and "What's hot?" are simple for us because they're built into the fabric of how we work. So far our sponsors and advertisers agree.
Who's paying attention? - Media Coverage
Shortly after launching, liquid.radio was nominated for the Google Competition Gründer Garage as an "Innovative Enterprise" and got immediately published on Radioszene.de, the most widely-read specialist radio magazine in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In July 2013 the German lifestyle magazine "Share" of Hubert Burda Media then followed and liquid.radio was featured in their print publication throughout Germany. We are also featured as a network member in the Whiplash Cooperative by Kate Dale including well-known British producer David M. Allen (The Cure/Depeche Mode). In August 2013 we were nominated for the „Brain vs. Capital“ competition in Berlin. In June 2014 we agreed to support the Berlin Music Video Awards to share our mutual mission and give artists the exposure they deserve.
What are you raising money for?
Since starting up we've featured thousands of bands from over 100 countries and music in 17 languages and our international user base is ever-growing just by word of mouth. Now it's time to move on to the next level. Our needs have outgrown our current studio and we want to build a multinational headquarters for our radio station in Berlin. We envision an open space where bands can drop by, we can host shows, conduct interviews, and expand liquid.radio's functionality. Kickstarter is built on people's opinion and so are we in our democratic radio. Can there be a better match? You vote, we broadcast!
Berlin's GDR Design hostel "OSTEL" and city tour - 500$
Our Supporting Cast
Niels Binias Facebook Page
Likkle T Facebook Page
The Trouble Notes Home Page
Chino & the Big Bet Music Page
Mike Shannon Music Page
Felicia Farerre Home Page
Philippe Rey Home Page
Risks and challenges
We have not come an easy way and worked in media and technology before and building the first ever democratic radio we have learned over the past few years that growing a company needs a lot of experience and flexibility to adapt to changes very quickly. We are confronted with new challenges everyday and we would, to say it our terms, vote for problems to come up, because this is when you proceed the most. We can not promise that there will not be production delays, organisational hurdles or developing issues on the way, but what we can promise, is that we keep you updated about every single reason that occurs: Not only in getting you the pledges of your choice but also in expanding our democratic radio the way we promise here liquid.radio is built on liquid feedback and talking to you is our mission.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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