June 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Slacker: Ahem, We Have 17 Artist-Curated Stations

slacker artist stationsYesterday, Spotify announced four new apps — its first to come directly from artists. We have been championing the idea that there’s plenty of gold yet to be mined in the area of apps that create a direct relationship between the artist and fan. Nobody has yet built exactly the thing we’re envisioning, but Spotify’s artist apps are a step in that direction.

As it turns out, Slacker has been thinking along these lines as well. Spokesman Anders Steele reminds Evolver.fm that Slacker Radio already had 16 artist-curated streaming radio stations — and today,  it added a 17th: Graffiti6.

They’re not quite superstars on the level of the artists behind those Spotify apps, but that’s irrelevant if you’re a fan of one of these 17 artists/bands. If you like their music, you’re probably going to want to hear their idea of good music, interspersed with their own anecdotes and stories about why they’ve made a particular choice, even if the handpicked approach limits the number of tracks on the station (which is one reason we like our idea on how to do this).

“Like most DJs, I started playing music to a roomful of supposed friends who were all making out with the women I wished I was with. Now everyone is a DJ, promoting their favorite track of the moment through social media,” said Graffiti6′s Jamie Scott. “Going to Slacker and having the chance to indulge myself in the music I grew up on and the records that influenced me was awesome. It made me remember how I first fell in love with music.”

Here’s the full list of Slacker’s 17 artist-curated stations:

  • AFI
  • Blue October
  • Far East Movement
  • Graffiti6
  • Ida Maria
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Justin Moore
  • Matt Costa
  • Patrick Stump
  • Plain White T’s
  • RJD2
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Sondre Lerche
  • The Parlotones
  • The Wanted
  • The White Buffalo
  • Viva Brother