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Surf Guitars from Mars

sgfmWillie 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, repeated Tuesday morning at 0800 GMT+8, Wednesday evening 2000-2100 GMT+8, and Friday morning 0800-0900 GMT+8.  

Don't miss this special surf rock broadcast from Mars.

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 

The Shrunken Head Lounge

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...

The Rockabilly n Blues Radio Hour

Join Jammin' James Riley for an hour of rockabilly, old country, rock n roll and surf every weekday (1100-1200 GMT +8).

Surf Guitars From Mars

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.

How does the surf rock chart system work?

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.

Can people buy music on the website? Do sales count towards the score?

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.

How can I score more points to rank higher in the chart?

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.

What is the play button on my album page? Why doesn't it work?

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.

Why is my album art missing? Why is my profile not complete?

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. 

Mike            \ooo/