In November of 1995, Boston club DJ and former Billboard Dance Chart Reporter, Tony Zeoli, founded Netmix.com. Cited by Billboard Magazine as the “innovation and advancement of dance music online,” Netmix was the first website to stream continuous mix-shows by the world’s most sought after House, Trance, and Techno DJs, including Paul Oakenfold, Armand Van Helden, Little Louie Vega, DJ Disciple, Paul van Dyk, Jimmy Van M., Frankie Bones and the list goes on.
At its peak in June of 2000, Netmix reached a global audience of over 1 Million unique users per year. The site was truly one of the first global dance music brands on the Internet and developed early Internet marketing campaigns for electronic dance music major and independent labels, including Columbia Records, Arista Records, Road Runner Records and Epic Records.
In june of 2000, youth-culture aggregator, Polyverse, acquired Netmix for $3.1M in cash and stock. Shortly thereafter, the dotcom crash took the wind out of Polyverse’s sails and the company went out of business. The Netmix 3.0 web site went dark in January of 2001.
In 2004, Tony Zeoli relaunched Netmix.com on the WordPress content management system. Since then, the site has underground a couple of changes to its look and feel, but has predominantly been tied to DJ culture. That’s all about to change.
With the changing face of digital music, where today’s social music services rival the power of yesterday’s major labels, Netmix is in an excellent position to focus on what makes the social music business tick. From the power players to users and the sites who serve them, our unique domain name, Netmix, will encapsulate the industry, people, apps, and more that power the social music marketplace.
Of course, because we come from DJ culture, there will always be a wink and a nod to electronic dance music and Hip-Hop, because that’s what we love. Netmix founder, Tony Zeoli, will still produce mix-show podcasts under the Podcast tab.
We hope you enjoy the new Netmix!