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.
Companies we're currently or previously associated with.
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$
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.
A little Brick In The Wall – E-Book „How to be seen as an artist in Germany“ Media and listeners in Germany can not see a lot of international band videos because the weird German version of the RIAA blocks YouTube videos. Get a little insider e-Book on where to publish your content to be seen internationally and we also provide you with some insider clubs and venues for gigs in Berlin.
Our personal Thank You Postcard from Berlin - "Many small people, in many small places, do many small things that can alter the face of the world.“
You are one of them and we want to give you something personal for that. A handwritten postcard by David and Daniela with our contact info in Berlin and your name handwritten as well. We hope to show you around town at some point.
Tote Bag. A hand-designed Tote Bag of the first-ever Democratic Radio showing the Berlin wall and our personal liquid.radio message to make your friends think about having a choice in media: "You wouldn't let a radio host order your lunch, so why let them pick your music?"
Get your limited edition Berlin Democratic Radio T-shirt.
Oh boy, you are doing a lot of hard work. Seems as if you are getting sweaty and it's time to change clothes. You will get a fancy new shirt you will not get anywhere else in the world apart from our liquid.radio team in Berlin. Tshirt with the Berlin wall and our logo: „I'm not a wallflower, I'm a music voter! liquid.radio Berlin – You vote, we broadcast!“
Berlin Deluxe Hoodie. „Stop being a listener, be a decider!“ Good choice, media voter! With this personalized hoodie we give away something handmade just for you. Its a picture of the Berlin wall shot by our own editors as well as the logo of our Democratic Radio. Stay cool... BE COOL! You are our choice and here we come to you!
Your choice is: "All of the Above"! Think of artist busking on the street, if someone puts one dollar into his hat, it just means "Thanks", but this one? You're one hell of a donor to work with and it means progress for liquid.radio. You will get the first five rewards: Our personal post card, the Tote Bag, the T-Shirt and the Deluxe Hooded Sweater.
GDR Hostel and Berlin inside city tour by the liquid.radio team Oh, my god, you are a choice Berliner! You get a weekend stay - a weekend in democratic radio has four days – political decisons always take longer - in Berlin trend hostel „Ostel“, the GDR style hostel where you can sniff the spirit of living in a total regime. You're helping end the one in media! (Airfare not included.)
„The Festival Of Choice“ sponsored by you.
Now this can only happen with the power of the people! If we receive at least one backer at the $1000 pledge level then liquid.radio will organize The Festival of Choice. An outdoor concert event featuring bands voted for by the liquid.radio majority As a sponsor of The Festival of Choice your name or your company's name will be featured prominently both at the festival and on our site as a supporter of Democratic Radio and you'll also get to have a catered lunch with the founders David and Daniela where you'll have a chance to talk about the future of media.
Welcome to Berlin! At the $6,000 level* we will actually FLY YOU TO BERLIN so that you can attend or perform at the Festival of Choice as an honored VIP guest. You're not just a passive listener, you're a person of action, and not afraid to put your money where your mouth is. Now you can put your mouth up to the microphone and get your word out to the world!