If you haven’t already heard about RifTalk chances are you will soon, but it won’t be through the normal ‘corporate’ channels. This is a social network with a difference, it’s aimed at connecting music artists of all genres with fans and it’s chosen Brighton for its ‘beta test’ before it launches the site to the world. The RifTalk team had this to say about the site and why they chose Brighton:
A few of us worked in music prior to RifTalk; be it at the labels, in management or as artists. The way the record industry works now is that fewer bands are being signed and it’s becoming almost impossible for a musician to make a living out of their music. All of our team are massive music fans, we know that there are loads of really great bands out there, the problem is no-one gets to hear them. We created RifTalk so that bands and music fans can find each other.
The site launched with a gig in East Slope Bar on the 5th October, with a handpicked number of students signing on to trial the app. There’s a gig planned for the end of the test when the users can say what they think.
All the bands on the site are currently competing to be in the Top 10 of the RifCharts. The band that’s number one at the end of the test wins a recording session at Air Studios. The music fans on the site are also a friendly bunch, but then they’re all there to help out the bands so why would they not be.
Some stand out features of the site are: the news feed for users, it’s written by young local writers and it’s funny, archaic and thought provoking, the search function where you can discover bands and listen to their music and the RifCharts where you can check out the top 10 bands on the site at any given moment.
Bands are also catered to on the site, with their own industry newsfeed. This gives daily advice from major industry insiders.
Why Brighton though? ‘There’s a fantastic music scene down here, with some really great bands, who even a couple of years ago would have had record deals. So we knew we could find the bands in Brighton, all we needed then was anarchic, opinionated, like minded people to get on and test the site for us, that’s where Brighton and Sussex Universities came in and of course the students who’ve signed on to help us’.
If you’d like to check out the site go to riftalk.world
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