It’s been 11 days since Rolodecks saw the bright light of public access. In that time, the site has been seen by individuals in 28 countries and thankfully received some very positive feedback from fans of music, bloggers, artist managers and artists themselves. To all of you that have seen what we’re doing and given your thumbs up, we thank you. For those that haven’t yet done so; you can feel free to do so now, keep up to date by following our twitter account @TeamRolodecks and go ahead and like our Facebook page; we’re grateful for your support.
So, EXACTLY WHAT IS Rolodecks?
Rolodecks is a Music Artist Aggregation Platform. It aims to aggregate information about music artists into one place by using an artist’s online footprint (social media, blogs & news ). Artists are grouped by country, then made accessible and organised by different criteria including genres, trades, social presence and more. This allows users to keep track of and discover new artists and acts as well as gain new insight into artist influence, reach and relevance.
Rolodecks was conceived with the intention of rectifying a problem seen in the African Music Industry where a country’s musical products are not known or easily accessible to music fans in other African countries or further abroad.
Rolodecks at present aims to provide a unified platform for African music artists to stand shoulder to shoulder with other African artists, something unique in today’s vast digital world. Signed and unsigned talent is aggregated, tracked and discoverable to the YOU, the music fan, the casual listener, the diasporan looking for a piece of home.
A Rolodecks artist profile is created using an artist’s existing social footprint. The main social services used for this are:
- Services making up the Social Media Index: Facebook, Twitter, LastFM, Soundcloud, Youtube
- Further Information: Reverbnation, Bandcamp, Myspace, Official FM
At present Rolodecks provides ranking for artists based on “lifetime” stats. This means that all the stats used to rank artists at present are cumulative stats. Soon there will be more information including monthly and perhaps even weekly tallies, but that’s something to be talked about closer to it’s fruition.
We want Rolodecks to become THE platform that fans consult when looking to find new music on the African continent & also allow artists to fully grasp the reach that they have with fans in comparison with other artists.
Well that’s it from me. Until next time, discover music.