We have had a massive response from bands and surf music fans who are enjoying the chart feature of our website.
Until this time we have only credited band profile views and album views to the the band's chart position. But from 12th February onwards we are going to include a singles chart. The most popular songs will also be included in the weekly chart update.
In order to activate this feature we have needed to update a massive number of files on the website, and also ensure that the site is powerful enough to stream individual songs to THOUSANDS of listeners worldwide. Today www.SurfRockRadio.com together with our technology partner GECKONET, and SHARAWAJI RECORDS has achieved that goal.
It is now possible for individual listeners to play individual songs. A complete listen is required for a song to +1 listen.
Please note that you will also have to pause the stream while the song is played.
Good luck surf bands and we hope your listeners enjoy the new website feature.
We are pleased to announce a number of new shows on www.surfrockradio.com
We are broadcasting episodes of The Shrunken Head Lounge at two time slots (1000-1100 and 2300-0000 GMT+8) weekdays. The Shrunken Head Lounge is hosted by Noodles who plays the best surf and twang from the 1960s to the present, including some classic commercials and some surprises. This is followed by...
Join Jammin' James Riley for an hour of rockabilly, old country, rock n roll and surf every weekday (1100-1200 GMT +8).
Willie Mars lives far away. In a place without surf, and without surf bands. A place where only the connected survive, and all hopes of a life drenched in reverb and ride cymbals rests with those bands, DJs, fans and the like who foster and nurture the surfiest memory banks and the streams of instrumental goodness. Join Willie on Surf Rock Radio, and help unlock the treasures of deep, dark, digital music space............... Every Sunday evening at 1900 GMT +8 and Wednesday evening 2000-2100 GMT +8. Don't miss this special surf rock broadcast from Mars.
You have probably noticed some changes to the website recently. If you haven't noticed already...
We now have a user-powered chart system! We have custom designed this from the ground up so that surf bands can increase their visibility on both surfrockradio.com, and the internet as a whole. If you want your band to be discoverable by surf music fans, the best place to get your music aired is on our platform.
This is how the chart system works:
There are several different charts displayed on the website. The most prominent being "Most viewed artists", and "Most viewed albums". When users visit your profile or check out your discography you get points, which further increases your visibility. We have installed a system to ensure that only one unique visit each day is counted (so you can't click your own links to boost your points).
The chart runs Monday to Sunday, and charts displayed are for the present week. We think this is a fair system so all bands have an equal chance of ranking highly.
On each artist's profile there is a "BUY" button which links to your iTunes or band camp page, however we don't actually handle any transactions on this site ourselves. The chart score is based on listener interest in your profile page and discography rather than sales. However we do hope that page views will also lead to sales of your music.
There are several ways
1) ensure that your profile is complete and we have some text about your band's bio and also links to your social media sites.
2) send us content, i.e. music, interviews and photos so we can have a feature about your band. This will be of high interest to surf music fans, so will inevitably lead to more "points".
3) Let your fans know that your band is featured on www.surfrockradio.com using twitter and Facebook etc. The more interactions with your pages, then the higher you will rank on the chart.
Good question. We have disabled the play function on these pages, so that listeners focus on the music in the radio stream. However if enough bands want us to enable it then we will.
Apologies to anyone affected. We are slowly working through all of the bands, albums and tracks and adding bio and social media links. It's a looooong slooow job which I am doing mostly myself but I actually love it because I get to learn a lot more about these awesome bands.
So please understand that this is all a work in progress but we are getting there.
Dear loyal listeners,
Just a quick apology to visitors to the website. We are doing some website upgrades which will allow bands to have their own profile and links to their discography, along with reviews and even fan reviews. We think this is an important addition to the site, but it does involve a lot of data entry and sometimes the system auto generates incorrect entries. We are slowly working through this and correcting the relevant feeds. Please stay with us, it shouldn't affect the main audio stream.
Also a warm welcome to The Reprobettes, The Five Outsiders, Alien Blood Transfusion, El Patapsco and The Dead Rocks who are included in the main playlist.
Some of you have been asking about whether we have hosted shows. The answer is yes, they are on their way. We will probably time these so that they don't clash with the hosted shows on NorthSeaSurfRadio (that's the other surf station) because we know some of you guys like to catch those shows too.
During the next few weeks, when we have sorted out all of the technical stuff with the website we will begin to diversify the playlists so that the two stations will be more distinct. We will be including a bit more surf-inspired alt-rock, and perhaps a bit of raggae-rock, cali-reggae etc. We are still debating whether to include the Jack Johnson / Tom Curren style acoustic rock in our rotation - our main aim is to promote surf bands and help them sell records. If a wider, more diversified playlist helps bring additional exposure to those bands then it could be a good idea. Anyway, let me know your thoughts.