Radiooooo.com is the ultimate website for any mad music lover.
Can you tell us how it all started ?
At the beginning, that’s what this radio was : a dream. As we were DJs for many years, we had collected a lot of great and unknown songs and the starting point was the desire to share it with everybody. We were searching for music from everywhere, from any year and we were looking for a media that could work the same way, without any time or geographical boundaries. Then we just had to do it, and the path was full of surprises… The website today is still a beta version and will probably remain so for a while.
It’s like a dream tool to anyone who has ever been digging for music on the web…
Well we know how you can easily get lost for hours looking for obscure music, on specialized websites or blogs. It’s really a trap ! So we wanted to make this easier by creating a huge data base.
So the website works almost as a musical social media ?
Noemi : Yes, we’re all friends and that’s always exciting when one of us shows up with a new musical treasure ! So we wanted friendship to be at the center of this project. Radiooooo.com is like an old friend taking you by the hand and telling you “listen to what I’ve just found!”.
Benjamin : We started with what we already had, approximately 15,000 songs. Now the website works as a collaborative project. Absolutely anyone from anywhere in the world can participate by posting a song. Even though you can find a lot through the Internet, a seventy year old man from Sweden probably has a lot of Swedish pop gems to share with us.
Do you practice censorship ?
Karl : Yes! I listen to every song and select only 10%. Then we discuss it and that’s when it gets a bit tricky…
Noemi : We do argue a lot about the ones we’re going to put online.
Why do you choose one song and not another ?
Benjamin : There are no rules, it’s only subjective, we like it or not. The point is not about creating a musical encyclopedia. It’s music through our Parisians ears.
Noemi : Yeah it’s really the most beautiful songs for us. And we try to maintain a balance between pop music and unknown songs. Things we’re always happy to listen to like the Beatles and some more unknown tunes that deserve their place in the sun ! Earlier today we were with a traditional African music specialist and he played us lot of great stuff.
Radiooooo is also an artistic project ?
Noemi : Yes ! Benjamin and I are artists so we wanted everything to be home made. This is a huge part of this project : we design everything, we edit our videos… This takes a lot of a time but this is also one of the things we enjoy the most, creating a strong radiooooo universe.
If you had to save only one musical decade which one one would it be ?
Benjamin : This would be impossible !
Noemi : Well maybe the 70’s, they were producing so much music then and almost everything was good. Today we’re producing too much, with almost nothing good.
A bar to dance in Paris ?
Noemi & Benjamin : At home ! We’ve been DJing for so many years that we are trying to calm down now. We love to have drinks at the Tiki bar, rue de la Fontaine au Roi a place that takes you directly to Hawaï in the 50’s.
Radiooooo.com. Noemi is Sonia Von Furstenberg, Benjamin is Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl is Oscar Wilde.