An AI playlist for Backed’s Slush afterparty


Slush is probably our favourite tech conference — 20,000 people cram into freezing Helsinki to meet interesting people, hear some fascinating speakers, try out the saunas and go to some great parties. And this year, one of those parties is being hosted by the fantastic, one of our backers.

They’ve decided to do something different with the music they play. One of the sets will come from Boiler Room, an awesome startup they invest in who stream live music. And another has been created by our AI.

We’re massively excited to be providing this set, partly because it’s a chance to demo some of the new music we’ve been working hard on behind the scenes that’s not live on our site yet. If you’re not lucky enough to be at the party, check out the whole thing on Soundcloud below.

Welcoming Rob

We were delighted to welcome a new face to the Jukedeck office recently, and we thought we’d take a second to introduce its owner.

Rob Circle

Rob Steward

Pedigree: First-Class BSc in Computer Science from the University of Essex. Ten years experience as a full stack software engineer, with a special mention for analytics and big data.

Musical background: Beginner guitar playing, former hobbyist DJ, festivalgoer. As equally likely to be found headbanging to Muse in concert as daydreaming on the commute listening to Boards of Canada.

Vinyl of choice: Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland