Q&A with JiKay from All Trap Music

JiKay is the mastermind behind All Trap Music, a great Youtube channel focused on sharing the latest and greatest Trap music. We had a chance to sit down and chat with JiKay about the channel and how he got started. Be sure to check out the official plug.dj All Trap Music community and hear a sneak peek of All Trap Music Vol. 3 on Thursday, October 9th at 1pm PDT! 
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1. Who are you and where are you from?

I’m a guy who loves music called JiKay and i’m originally from Nottingham in the UK

2. What was your first introduction to music?

My Dad played guitars in bands whilst I was growing up so i’ve always been around music.

3. When did you decide to become a DJ and why?

You know that feeling when you hear some amazing new music and you just wanna show all your friends? That, basically.

4. What initially got you interested in Trap?

I first heard the new wave of trap when Kito dropped the Flosstradamus remix of Major Lazer – Original Don at a show we played together in Leeds. So yeah, shout out Kito for putting me on!

5. At what point did you decide to turn your passion into a successful channel?

In the beginning All Trap Music was just a way to share some dope music with other DJs and fans, I never thought it would be successful. I started taking things really seriously when we started planning our first album.

6. How do you go about curating songs for All Trap Music?

At this point I get sent a lot of stuff direct from artists and labels but i’m always looking for new music online. Soundcloud is obviously the hub for most of this discovery.

7. What’s been one of your favorite moments so far on this ride?

Spending time in america and throwing parties out there. I’d never been to the states before, first trip was to Miami music week and i’ve been back every few months since.

8. What’s the most difficult part of running your business?

Handling the sheer amount of demo submissions that come through on a daily basis. It’s impossible to listen to everything.

9.What is some advice you would give to someone who wants to build a successful music channel and brand?

Just start one, be consistent, always keep it about finding new exciting music and network as much as fucking possible.

10. What’s next for All Trap Music and JiKay?

All Trap Music Volume 3, our third album is out October 12th. Cop that! Also we’ve got loads of very dope music on it’s way from my label Hot Damn, keep an eye out for those releases.

 

Event Highlight

Community events are a great way to get new people into your community, and get the people already in your room pumped. Here are some great events that are happening this week. Be sure to check them out and you just might find your new favorite community!

All Trap Music is giving you a preview of their latest album before it is released! Check it out Thursday, 1pm PDT and hear it before everyone else. You can pre-order the album here.

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Just a chill room… will be showcasing Vacant’s latest EP on Friday at 12pm PDT.

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Saturday get ready for some progressive house tracks at the Progressive Family Showcase starting at 9am PDT. Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 1.53.31 PM
If pop is more of your thing, then be sure to go hang out in Radiant and play all of your favorite catchy tunes on Saturday also starting at 9am PDT.

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To check out more events or even host your own check out our Event Calendar.

BA Spotlight: xBytez

Congratulations to our BA of the month, xBytez! His nomination comes well-deserved. He is constantly visiting communities to see how he can assist, contributing to a variety of BA projects, and helping people with moderation bots on site. If you see him around, be sure to congratulate him!

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1. What is your username on plug.dj and where do you like to hang out?

My username on plug.dj is xBytez and I usually hang out in Trap City and Radiant Music. I love both communities!

2. What music and artists are you excited about right now?

Right now I’m loving Trap Music and I always have been. I like all sorts of bass music really. Sometimes, depending on my mood I can really enjoy chill. My favorite artists at the moment are: Apex Rise, Matstubs, Flume, Lido, GAWTBASS, Aero Chord, Boeboe & Lexxmatiq.

3. Where are you from? What do you do for fun when you’re not on plug.dj?

I’m from the Netherlands. When I’m not on plug.dj I am most likely either sleeping or traveling to college/home. I really enjoy coding and just experimenting around with IT related stuff. It’s what I do. I either code, experiment or help people with their tech issues.

4. Are you in school, or do you have a job?

Yes, I’m currently in school. I am currently doing a IT System Administration course. plug.dj is my source of music during this when I’m making my course work. Without it, my work would take much longer picking songs and discovering new songs, now I can stay active in a community socializing with people and do my course work at the same time!

5. What are some things you hope to accomplish personally next year?

I would love to get some good results on my tests and to make some money to go travel. But my top priority is to pass the year in college.

6. What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador?

I love helping people. I’ve always been trying to help people with their tech devices. It’s just what I do. Share the knowledge. Making people happy is my inspiration. Because myself I always love being helped when I’m in trouble and there’s no better feeling than finally getting a problem solved that you’ve been stuck on for a while. I try to keep plug.dj a nice place to be for everyone to enjoy and play and discover new amazing music.

7. How do you contribute to the plug.dj community as a BA?

Usually with tech related issues I help people getting back up and running on plug, I help moderate the subreddit (/r/plugdj) and I write scripts to help moderate and even try maximize the plug.dj experience.

8. Why do you love plug.dj? What’s the most exciting thing about plug.dj?

I love music, I love socializing. plug.dj is both of this and much more. Making new friends whilst discovering new music! It’s simply amazing and the UI of plug.dj makes it fun, simple and enjoyable for everyone.

9. What’s the most common question you get about plug.dj, and how do you answer it?

The most common question I get is either “What is the green microphone?” or “When do you guys release the mobile app?”. I usually answer with a link to the brand ambassadors page and explaining that we are just users like them and that we are global moderators to keep plug.dj a nice place to be. Regarding the mobile app I always reply with the link to sign up to get an email when it is ready (http://signup.plug.dj) and say that it’s planned and you’ll get an e-mail when it’s done.

10. Any final thoughts, advice or shoutouts you’d like to share?

I want to thank all of you for making plug.dj such a nice place to be. I want to thank the whole plug.dj team for their amazing work on the website and all the efforts and time they’ve spent to create this service. I want to thank Livia for all the hard work she’s put into the BA program helping every single one of us and for dealing with my boring stories every single day. I want to thank all of the BAs too for making the BA community for their efforts and their kindness. I really feel at home with all of you. :). I also want to give a shoutout to alby, the very hard working intern, good friend and producer (http://soundcloud.com/alby), can always have a laugh with him. I also want to thank Origin (Dom) for mentoring me and helping me getting started as a BA. I want to thank the folks at Trap City where I usually hang out, amazing community, amazing people, amazing music! Shoutout to Radiant Music for the amazing efforts, time and organization they put in their community.

Small Community October Nominations Open!

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This month’s theme is: Most Unique Community!

Do you know a community with a theme that stands out from the rest? Maybe they have a really cool website or they use a particularly creative way to promote their events!

Whatever it is, be sure to nominate them for our monthly Small Community Highlight.

The winning community will have a blog post featuring their community & staff, along with shout outs on both our Facebook and Twitter page!

Nominations will be open from now until October 7th.

To read more about our small community blog highlights and requirements to be nominated, read here. To nominate a community, click here.