DeliRadio Just Raised $9.35 Million…

And after all that, the future of music may still be relatively lean-back.  Which brings us to DeliRadio, which just raised $9.35 million in funding.

DeliRadio is a web-based radio service that plays artists who are touring in the area, and includes festival and venue stations.  Their service helps push ticket sales for shows.

GigaOM has reported that DeliRadio raised the $9.35 million from “Javelin Venture Partners and Lead Edge Ventures’ Scott Booth”.  The funding will allow DeliRadio to significantly expand its technical staff, including the engineering bullpen.

And, maybe DeliRadio can use some of those funds to make their site a little easier on the eyes.

19 Responses

  1. Makell Bird

    It seems like everybody (and their mama) are trying to develop some type of streaming music app. The space is already getting crowded and were barely even 5 years into it’s mainstream acceptance.

    Makell Bird
    CEO and Founder of ADED.US Music Distribution

    • Visitor

      “It seems like everybody (and their mama) are trying to develop some type of streaming music app”
      And they all have this in common:
      They don’t pay musicians.
      Let’s hope they’ll die asap.

      • Visitor

        Or just like everyone is also jumping on the distribution Band Wagon.

      • Nina Ulloa

        The musicians come to them and opt in as a marketing tool. They don’t opt in, potentially less people come to their shows.
        you don’t make money as a musician if no one has heard of you.

  2. Zac Carter

    Just tried it. Ooof. A bunch of crappy bands with no thought on show popularity or what I might personally find interesting. Who would use this/find this helpful? Also, if this caught on, the venues themselves would likely just create Spotify playlists. Most venues provide youtube links etc on the their calendar pages as it is. Strange idea, very limited potential user base.

    • Wayne Skeen

      What sort of music do you like, Zac?
      Name your three favorite music venues, and three genres you like, and I’ll take a shot at crunching you a DeliRadio station that might change your mind. Lets find you some new favorite bands you can enjoy live, for under $20 bucks.
      I personally like rock. Here’s “rock/punk bands coming up at Brick & Mortar Music Hall”.
      Now, the fact that you couldn’t figure out how to make a station to your particular liking in under one minute is DeliRadio’s fault (that means my fault). My team and I are working to correct this UI issue asap.
      Any Bay Area developers out there who get what we’re doing and want to help build it, please get in touch.
      (p.s… Here’s that url, just in case:

  3. jw

    I don’t get it. Created a new, blank station (which I only knew was possible because you mentioned it in a comment). Tried to add artists to the station. Searched for David Vandervelde, the Elected, Ben Kweller, John Paul Keith… no results for any of them. Searched for Haim, no results. lol.
    $9.35 million? Really?
    Who is doing the legwork here? Promotors?
    Also, I’ll agree that this site looks like it was designed in 2003, not 2013. And there’s loads of usability issues.
    Obviously investors have way more money than they know what to do with.

    • Wayne Skeen

      You are correct, JW, you don’t get it. The thing you described trying to do, is not what DeliRadio is for. I’m sorry that is not clearer from the get go!
      DeliRadio is a “Who’s playing nearby soon?” app, as well as a “Who’s playing my favorite venue soon?” app.
      It’s not an “I want to hear x or y band” right now app. There are numerous other sites and apps for that. Personally, I’m a big fan of Rdio.
      Once you have accumulated a “collection” on DeliRadio (by starring bands), then you can drag/drop your faves into a station, and share that if you want to. But only bands that have joined DR are available, and only the tracks they have put in. We’re a 100% artist-controlled, opt-in radio service.
      As to the look…. thanks for the feedback, we’re not crazy about it either. A major change is on the way shortly.

      • jw

        I was just following instructions… I clicked on “My Stations,” then “Add Station,” then it said “Station will not be public until you add at least 1 band” & so I started searching for bands.
        I just assumed that there was some sort of recommendation engine based on user input, a la Pandora or iTunes Radio, given that “radio” is in the name. So I was trying to input some data. But it sounds like what you’re saying is that “DeliRadio” is just playlists made of local venues’ upcoming shows.

        • Wayne Skeen

          hahaha., amigo, you have alighted on a recurring issue…. which is, it’s hard to get across what DeliRadio is/does. It’s not your fault, it’s confusing at first. Thankfully, our investors want us to keep trying to get it right, and see this through. Same thanks goes out to all the artists, and the clubs.
          Try this: launch this station of upcoming shows at SF’s Brick & Mortar Music Hall (which I like):

          Now, in list view you can grab any band and drag to your custom station.
          As you star bands, you can also then go to MyDeliRadio and grab bands (set section tab to “artists”).
          Hope you enjoy, if not, adjust the genres and crunch it again.

          • jw

            So adding artists that are in the system to my playlists isn’t going to generate any recommendations based on my input.
            For $9b, I hope you’re planning on building something that does more than just filtering out genres. I don’t want to sit through all 40 or so rock bands that are coming to the Georgia Theatre in the next month, what I would find useful is a service that tells me the 6 or 8 that I might be interested in based on my inputs.
            I think what makes your service confusing to me is that I can just walk down the street & tell you that I’m not interested in 90% of the bands playing in Athens on any given night, & so I’m looking for a filter. By using the word “radio,” you seem to be saying, “All of this crap is coming through your town this month! Listen to them all for pleasure!,” which sounds arduous at best, very unpleasant at worst. I would be much more interested in something like DeliFilter which would cut out all of the junk (ideally by inputting the bands I actually like).
            Ideally I would visit a site like this for half an hour once or twice a month, I wouldn’t return for regular listening like radio.

          • Wayne Skeen

            Here’s “Georgia Theatre Radio – rock only” that you mention, JW (created in 14 seconds; I am an expert, but anyone can learn after a couple of minutes of tinkering).

            It contains: They Might Be Giants, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, The Revivalists, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Blackberry Smoke, and a bunch of others. And it will continuously evolve.
            Kudos to Georgia Theatre, must be a cool place if these bands are on the upcoming calendar. They should install…. wait for it…. “The Button”. (Also free.)
            JW, have you ever heard of artist Jerry Joseph? I had not, but I’ve been listening to GTR-rock all afternoon, and I like what I’m hearing. There you have it, DeliRadio at work! Jerry Joseph gets a “star” from me, and then I get an alert when he plays in SF.
            If you hear an artists you don’t like, well, NIX them. Poof, gone, forever (for you). Feels great, don’t it? And back to the music discovery.
            (And yes, more sophisticated filters are in the offing.)

          • jw

            I guess what it boils down to is that the concept just doesn’t work for me. Taking opening bands into account, if I’m into 15% or 20% of the bands a venue books in a given month, I’d say they’re doing a pretty great job. But if a radio station is only hitting the mark 15% or 20% of the time, that’s pretty terrible. The Georgia Theatre books some great bands, but they couldn’t keep the lights on just appealing to me, so there’s loads of stuff I just don’t care for, like Jerry Joseph.
            And even the bands I do like… I love TMBG & I love J Roddy (I’ll be at both shows), but I can’t imagine a scenario where I’d choose to listen to them in succession. The fact that they’re booked at the same venue isn’t enough of a unifying theme for me.
            Hopefully this is feedback you can use, I mean it to be as constructive as possible.

  4. an educated guess

    i bet they will use fb/tw logins to read your timeline for your artist likes and music posts; then work backward to match that info to the artist/bands identities as defined in the bands-in-town api (referencing the rosetta stone mappings :))) – which is how i would do it.

  5. Dan Meyer

    Just visited the site. Wow. How can someone be stupid enough to put money behind that?? Making it easy on the eyes is not the only fix this needs. These folks are clueless.
    Either their CEO is a first class hustler or he got the investors laid, haha!

  6. Sam

    The next big music app will be something that helps fan discover new music easily and passively. It will not be something that puts all the work on the user. Having to listen to everything of a certain genre or all artists playing at a local venue puts the work on me, the user. I have to be the one to sift through a lot of music i don’t like or don’t care about to potentially (and that’s a big if) find something I like. Too much work, I’ll just go to see the bands I already know about, which is plenty for my live music budget anyway. The people that you’re trying to reach, uber music & live music fans, really love and care about a ton of music already and currently have a ton of shows to choose from. You’re asking those fans to spent time on a “radio station” to research more shows? Ain’t going to happen. If I’m wrong publish your user numbers. Even better, publish the bounce rate on those users.
    Count me out, and I’m about the biggest music fan you’ll ever meet.

  7. Alex O'Laughlin

    I tried it and wouldn’t use it. The concept is flawed on many levels, I wouldn’t put a dime behind it. I’m happy with Spotify!