We’ve been in sunny Barcelona, taking part in the madness that is the Mobile World Congress, and we took the opportunity to announce two partnerships.
Partnering with the GSMA in the launch of their Mobile Connect initiative, Deezer users will soon be able to log into their account simply using their mobile phone. Hooray for one less password to remember!
Axel Dauchez, CEO of Deezer, said at a GSMA press conference:“This new innovation from the GSMA is set to provide a much simpler experience for Deezer users, which means people can focus on what’s important to them – discovering great new music. With around 65 per cent of all music listened to on Deezer via a mobile phone, Mobile Connect will help provide music fans with a seamless mobile experience as well as increased convenience across other devices.”
Elsewhere at the Congress we announced that Deezer will be available on the new Nokia X. This low-cost smartphone from Nokia will mean that even more people will be able to enjoy unlimited music on their mobile, in tune with our mission to democratise access to music. Music for everyone, everywhere!
We know how important it is to be able to find that perfect track instantly. That’s why we made it a priority to improve the search feature on Deezer. Now it doesn’t matter if you enter a typo or two, and auto-complete means that you can quickly identify what you’re looking for even if you don’t know an artist’s full name or the entire title of an album. Results are also now better displayed, with the most relevant results first, helping you get the music you want, faster.
Antoine Sinton, Head of Search at Deezer said: “Feedback from users indicated that a fast and efficient search feature was really important for a great experience on Deezer, so we have focused on making search lightening-fast and typo tolerant. We’re pretty happy with the results! Search is now up to 10x faster in certain situations, and we’re continuing to improve the feature with each day.”
Listening to a new release as soon as it comes out is one of the great benefits of being a Deezer subscriber, so we have also focused on improving the speed at which new music is indexed. This means that when we add new music to the Deezer catalogue, it appears in search results within an hour, if not instantly.
Note to developers: All of the above improvements also apply to apps built around the Deezer open API. Learn how to start building your own app over at the Deezer for Developers, and check out the incredible range of apps in the Deezer App Studio for inspiration.
If the holidays have left you sick at the sight of mince pies and chocolate baubles and you’re wanting to amp up your fitness, Deezer is here to help! Top athletes use music to enhance their performance, and researchers are now studying this phenomenon to understand how to fully harness its power.
We spoke with Dr Costas Karageorghis, a leading sport psychologist from Brunel University in London, about how to maximise the beneficial effects of music for your workout. Dr Karageorghis has even made his own ultimate workout playlist on Deezer to get you started. Now there’s no excuse!
So can music really help us in the gym?
Our research demonstrates that music can be a tremendous supplement to exercise. For maximum impact the tempo and rhythmic pattern need to be targeted towards your movement rate and activity pattern. Music can benefit exercise particularly at low-to-moderate exercise intensities. It is less effective at high intensities, like during sprint cycling, because our brain struggles to process the sound – fatigue-related cues fight to dominate our attention.
Weight lifting: Music that is fast, rhythmic, percussive or bass-driven is particularly good for psyching yourself up before a highly strenuous activity like lifting heavy weights.
Fast running: You need faster music for when you are training at a high intensity. Dance music of 130-140 bpm is ideal for very intense exercise.
Jogging, rowing, cycling: Our recent research has shown that the tempo range 125-140 bpm is ideal across the broad spectrum of exercise intensities when an individual makes no conscious effort to synchronise their movements to the rhythm (asynchronous music). A playlist should ideally contour your expected heart rate during a workout. If you are synchronising your movements with the music, the beats per minute need to match your intended movement rate, so it’s important to determine what this is likely to be and to select music accordingly.
What should we look for in a good workout playlist?
The music should possess a pleasing melody and harmony that improves your mood; the music should typically be in a major key. Music that promotes inspiring imagery or has strong personal associations can also be highly effective.
The musical rhythm (beat) should make you want to move; as well as having lyrics that contain positive affirmations of exercise such as “work your body”, “push it” or “run to the beat”.
Here is a playlist that I would recommend for the average gym goer, starting with three uplifting warm-up tracks and building up towards a tough cardio-type workout:
Dr Costas Karageorghis has been a consultant psychologist to many leading athletes and is the author of Inside Sport Psychology (Human Kinetics, 2011), a guide to strengthening mind and body for enhanced performance. Between 2007-10 Dr Karageorghis was the lead consultant for Run to the Beat, a unique running event featuring live and pre-recorded music to boost performance.
Today we’re excited to share two exclusive Deezer Sessions with you, this time from legendary French electro-rock quartet Phoenix, and from one of the most successful UK singer-songwriters, James Blunt.
Recorded at our Paris HQ, the relaxed session from Phoenix was a hit with Deezer staff, with Phoenix performing stripped-down versions of tracks from their 2013 album Bankrupt! along with the classic “1901″. We think you’ll love it.
James Blunt stopped by Deezer London to perform four songs from his latest album, Moon Landing. The intimate studio setting was a perfect match for Blunt’s heartfelt delivery.
This week, a number of very special guests are taking over Deezer to give you an exclusive glimpse into their musical world. Our Guest Editors include Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldinho, MTV Europe presenter Laura Whitmore, Spanish band Lori Meyers, Belgian band Hooverphonic, plus other stars from around the world.
“HEAR THIS and EXPLORE are all about discovery so we thought it would be fun to celebrate this by doing something a bit different. Each of these stars has got a real passion for music and so we invited them to tell us what tunes were important to them. We’ll be getting some awesome playlists together, and our new recruits are going to bring something fresh to the editorial team.” - James Foley, Head of Editorial, UK & Ireland.
A total of 15 guest editors are taking the reins in 17 countries, with each of them joining forces with their local Deezer Editor for a worldwide #Deezerby takeover. Go and check out their recommended albums, tracks, and playlists on the dedicated Deezer By… app.
On Tuesday we were delighted to open the doors of Deezer HQ to Web & Music, an event by Simplib which brought together music tech innovators, labels, startup entrepreneurs, and media for a night of lively discussion about the future of music technology. When you put a bunch of talented and innovative people in a room together and add live music and delicious food and cocktails to the mix, exciting things can happen.
“Our goal is to bring the virtual to the real, in order to make connections. This is exactly what happened yesterday at Deezer with tech and music enthusiasts gathered together. Magic!”Lucie Pousson – OCC Simplib.
“With startups, musicians, enthusiasts, major players, and influencers all in one place, the Web & Music event managed to reproduce the kind of alchemy that music is all about. A special evening.”Youri Jedlinski – CEO Simplib.
“Joy, connection, sharing, new ideas, exchanges – that pretty much sums up events by Simplib and Web & Co!”Maeva Cussonneau – Assistant Head of project communication.
“Uniting the best music startups is a great way to create partnerships and synergies in the music eco-system.”Alexandre Chapoutot – CFO de Simplib.
Our guests forged new connections, exchanged ideas, and took music tech a step in the right direction. We were happy to be a part of it!
It’s that time of year when we scurry about in packed shops, in varying degrees of panic, trying find that perfect present. This year, do things differently. Give yourself a break with the Deezer Gift Card and give someone the spectacular gift of unlimited music. Whatever their taste, they’ll find all the music they love on Deezer, and you’ll prove serious competition to Santa as the no.1 present giver.
With our huge music catalogue, there are 30 million reasons to give a Deezer Gift Card this year. You can give either 3, 6, or 12 months of unlimited music, with 2 months for free if you go for the 12 month option!
So go and check out the Deezer Gift Card, and give a music fan the ultimate gift.
We’re counting down the days with this classic Christmas playlist on repeat at Deezer HQ.
This evening we’re celebrating our launch in Turkey with a party to satisfy even the most hardcore music fans!
Istanbul is quickly becoming the party city of Europe with its hip venues and rich music scene. We’ll be right in the thick of things at the iconic venue Babylon where guests will be treated to live music from some of the most exciting artists in Turkey today.
Newcomers to Turkey’s flourishing alternative music scene, Sapan will start the night off with a bang. Pinhani will follow with their unique blend of alternative rock and folk. Finally Turkish pop star Hande Yener will appear on stage for a very special acoustic session, performing her new song in public for the first time ever. The song will be available exclusively on Deezer the following day.
Over the past few months we have been working hard on brand new features that will redefine how you discover music on Deezer. Today we’re thrilled to be able to share these with you.
Hear This is your personal music feed, powered by your taste. It combines the best of man and machine, joining together the technological innovation of our developers with recommendations hand-picked by our Editors and tailored for you.
Get recommendations direct from our Editors around the world based on the music you listen to. The more you listen, the better your music feed!
See the latest releases from your favourite bands – from the newest pop anthem by Katy Perry, to the most recent croonings from The National, you’ll hear as soon as new music comes out.
Hear playlists created by your friends that match your taste – perfect for parties and road trips.
Listen to tunes that your friends recommend (although you’re free to disagree!).
Explore is the second feature to be unveiled today. It provides a unique way to browse the latest releases and Deezer Picks.
Filter by region to find the latest recommendations from a particular part of the world. Our team of around 50 Editors are spread all over the world, hunting down the best music in their region.
Love pop? Can’t get enough electro? Explore your favourite type of music with the new genre filters.
In addition to these two major features, you’ll also notice some changes to other areas of Deezer.
You can now search and filter the music in your beautiful new Library to easily find that perfect track.
Loved a song but can’t remember what it was called? Simply go to your listening history within your Library to find all the music you have listened to, ever!
Preview tracks before listening to the whole song. Click and hold on the cover image and you’ll hear 30 seconds of the track, enough to decide if you want to give it a full play or not.
And since we’re all fired up and in the mood for innovation, we’re busily working away on Deezer for Mac, an app that will prove essential for music lovers everywhere. With this new feature you’ll be able to access absolutely all of your music through your Finder. Watch this space!
Daniel Marhely, Deezer’s founder said today,“Innovation is in our DNA. We want to help people build and discover their own unique music identity, which is why this year we’re getting personal. Hear This and Deezer for Mac are game changers for us, they are pure innovation. We’re combining the best of Deezer – man and machine – to give users a unique experience, that’s tailored exclusively to them.”
After months of prop setting, lighting rigging, and manoeuvring musical instruments in and out of our offices, the day has finally arrived when we launch Deezer Sessions. This exclusive series of intimate sets are recorded at Deezer HQ in Paris and in London, with stripped-down performances from the likes of Birdy, Franz Ferdinand, Kodaline, Asaf Avidan, Stromae, and Roseaux. Our dedicated editorial team have hand-picked some of the hottest up-and-coming bands as well as established names from around the world.
Anthemic indie-rockers, Kodaline said: “It’s great to be able to share our new material with our fans and we love the raw vibe of the Deezer Sessions. There’s nothing like letting loose and showing people what we can do – just us, our instruments and our passion for music. If you haven’t caught us live on tour yet, this is a taste of what’s to come.”
Bertrand Habart, Deezer’s Head of Editorial, said:“The idea behind Deezer Sessions is simple, we wanted to take the bands that we are most excited about, invite them in to play an intimate gig, and share that experience with fans all over the world. We’ve got some more great performances in the pipeline that are guaranteed to make your spine tingle.”
We’ve been incredibly lucky to enjoy private sessions with brilliant artists right in our offices. Now it’s your turn! Explore the Deezer Sessions app and keep your eyes open in the coming months for sets by James Blunt and Gregory Porter, as we release a new session every fortnight.