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Current goal: 5000 supporters will allow us to add new features and continue developing our mobile apps

Second goal complete! 3000 monthly supporters will allow us to continue running Hype Machine.

Initial goal complete! 1000 monthly supporters won't cover our expenses, but it's the first step towards Hype Machine becoming a sustainable service.

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So I started listening to Hype Machine back in college...geeze, 9 years ago now. I don't know many things I've kept around for that long. The fact that Hype Machine is one of them says a lot. There aren't many internet services worth maintaining subscriptions to, in my opinion, but Hypem is definitely one of them. The number of hours spent at work listening to my playlists or the most popular song for a given week (it's in the thousands, I have no doubt), the number of songs I've discovered and shared with friends, the AWESOME FREE MOBILE APPLICATION...simply put, you guys done it right.

zachcaz zachcaz

Since 2008, Hype Machine has been one of my most trusted and ear-opening sources of music. Bringing together like-minded bloggers, writers and listeners to share some of the world's greatest new artists in this seamless way is a formula that deserves to remain intact for as long as the internet is still alive.

Seanf seanf

I started using Hype Machine shortly after its launch and have always found it to be the best, unrestricted source of great music. 2 years ago I started producing and Hype Machine has helped me grow as an artist more than any other tool/platform out there. The people behind Hype Machine are the unsung heroes of the music industry - thank you for kickstarting my music career and continuing to be an incredible source for new music discovery.

Vandelux vandelux

I have been in love with music all of my life, I have always been searching , considering myself a “music hunter” When I stumbled across hypem it solved all of my music searching roadblocks. It was always like a needle in a haystack, combing through all of the shit music before I would find a good song… until I found hypem.

paulashworth paulashworth

It's funny to look back at my favorites. You can see a progression from indie/indie rap through edm and dubstep when Skrillex first came out back to more indie, slower stuff. It is a great time capsule to see how my tastes have changed over the years and it would be a huge disappointment to see that go.

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How did we get here?

Hype Machine was built in a college dorm room in 2005, and over the years has grown into a dedicated community of music fans. We are a team of three—an independent company without investors or funding. Most of our revenue comes from ads on the desktop site, but due to changes in online advertising, this is no longer enough to support the service.

We’ve been amplifying the work of emerging musicians, writers, and communities for the last 12 years. Remaining independent has allowed us to make the kind of product we want to use ourselves: focused, playful, and in line with our ideas about what’s ethical. (We don’t collect or sell user data or emails, for example.)

What does Hype Machine do?

Hype Machine tracks music that people are talking about. We index hundreds of publications, handpicked as trusted voices in the global conversation about music. Our thinking is that if one of them liked something enough to write about it, it’s worth a listen.

Every track indexed ends up on the Latest page, whether it’s published by a site with 20,000 followers or 20. Listen and you might stumble into your new favorite song, a style of music you hadn't heard before, or an artist that was way off your radar.

Music is more accessible now than ever before thanks to streaming services. That’s great! We use them too. What makes Hype Machine unique is how we approach discovery—finding new and unfamiliar sounds through the lens of the writers in our index. Because sometimes, the most exciting stuff is just outside our listening habits.

How did it start?

In 2005, music discussion was dominated by a handful of large print magazines. Blogs emerged to cover a broader range of music beyond the top commercial releases of the day, spreading the conversation across thousands of sites.

Hype Machine brought all these posts together in one place for easy streaming. Built as a personal project, it quickly caught on with curious listeners. The following year, Anthony bought the hypem.com domain, moved Hype Machine from the server it shared with his collection of Godspeed You! Black Emperor concert photos, and increased capacity for our growing audience.

We're grateful that Hype Machine has been able to reach so many people over the years. It may seem like a large company from the outside, but it's just the three of us sitting around a kitchen table, answering emails and writing code.

Why are we raising money?

As music experiences on the internet have become more centralized, powered by a handful of large services, they’ve also become more alike. Today, a listener’s choice is between minor interface and catalog differences—a narrow way of interacting with a key part of contemporary culture. We think that people deserve a multitude of ways of experiencing music, and we’d like to build more of them with your support and feedback.

Crowdfunding is our sole option—online advertising only works well at immense scale (while introducing complex privacy issues), and venture capital prioritizes returns over sustainability.

Your monthly contribution will allow us to keep Hype Machine running, but most importantly, continue creating ways to explore new music. We’ve been thinking about these ideas for many years, and we’re ready to try more of them out with you.

Let's build it together.

—Dave, Zoya, and Anthony

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