July’s Small Community Highlight: I ♥ the 80′s and 90′s

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Be sure to congratulate I <3 the 80s and 90s for continually having some of the most creative themed events and earning their title of July’s Small Community Highlight! From weekly Free Spin Fridays all the way to Michael Jackson Tribute events, this community knows what it is like to keep the party going on plug.dj!

What’s the best thing about your community?

Chupathingy: This one is easy for me. The people in our community are some of the best around. Our staff is second to none, organizing community events, weekly themes and always welcoming new members to the community. Every member of our community brings something unique and entertaining to our room and every day I look forward to listening to some great tunes with some great people. HOOT HOOT!

OperationXV: The members of this community are incredibly dedicated and care a lot about maintaining a positive vibe. BeavisBot makes it easier to enjoy the music without having to do much in terms of moderating the room (shout out to AvatarKava!). Also: “Free Spins” and a variety of themed days.

Smexxy: Definitely the people. Room members really make this community unique and great. From the heartfelt (too sappy?) greetings upon entering the room to those you receive upon leaving, the community members really make you feel like you’re part of something special.

ZooStation: Can I just copy Smexxy’s answer?

Keithinator: Great music and great people. We all try really hard to maintain a positive and welcoming atmosphere. Sometimes language and culture barriers make that difficult, but we hope that everyone can be comfortable in our room and feel like they’re part of the group.

bratpantz: The atmosphere of the room. Awesome people, great music, and always something interesting going on in chat. The room is so welcoming that it’s easy to feel right at home.

margotron: By far the best thing about our community is the people. Everyone loves the music and respects others’ diverse tastes across two great decades of music. This group is really a supportive community, knit together by a love for great music.

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Maintenance Mode for Site Update

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We will be going into a scheduled Maintenance Mode all day Monday, August 4th to update the site.*

The time has come! We can finally give you the features you have been waiting for! Here are all of the awesome things that are coming:

  • 60 brand new avatars with animations that are twice as long and way more expressive with super-funky dance moves!
  • Improved lobby, with a fresh new look that will include thumbnails of what is currently playing in each community.
  • An awesome, easy to understand landing page that will help newcomers find the best communities right away.
  • More robust backend code to increase stability and scalability so that you can throw massive parties!
  • A new chat server to resolve connectivity so that you can continuously chat without interruption (and maybe make some new friends along the way).
  • Friends (will be available soon after launch) that you can choose to add through your Profile. This feature will also open up space for other features like private chat.
  • Positive Vibes (will be available soon after launch) that will allow for you to give props to people who have an awesome attitude.
  • Your very own plug.dj Profile Page to show off your sleek new avatars , see a history of what songs you have played, and share a few words about yourself (or how much pizza you have eaten today).
  • Forget your login method? Not sure what your password is? No problem! We will now have Email+password login, which means your account will be easier to recover and you will have the option to change your own password.

With this update there will be a few changes occurring that will make the plug.dj experience better for all of our community members. Following the major update, we will also have increased support both on the site and through our Support Desk to make sure your questions are answered!

To stay updated during maintenance, follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

* Maintenance times are subject to change. Please stay updated on our Facebook & Twitter pages for specific time.

L.A.O.S. Interview

Last week we posted an interview with DnB enthusiasts Dexcell, conducted at an album release party hosted by Liquicity. Now we have BA Rowan Ruseler’s next interview, this time with L.A.O.S., aka Large Amount Of Soul. The band was formed when three longtime DJs and producers (Abraham, D-bex and JayEm) decided to join forces. Vocalist Alexx eventually joined later. Rowan got to chat with JayEm and Abraham and really enjoyed being in their company! Read on to hear about their musical inspirations and check out the band’s Soundcloud!

172118_493428260769_6582200_oCan you tell us how you all met?

Abraham: Well the story is quite long, it has been over 10 years. I was actually doing Dub and Garbage House in clubs and then I met D-bex [because] he was a producer and we started talking about making music, and then one day we were making music and we shared a couple of ideas, scratches, stuff like that.

JayEm: Actually, you did a remix for one of my artists

Abraham: And then, from that moment, we really clicked. Years then passed and Alexx joined and she was more like a little sister in the beginning., but after that she showed us her very good skills and we adopted her.

Who came up with the name L.A.O.S. (Large Amount Of Soul)?

Abraham: Actually that was D-bex. We were trying to figure out the name [because] we were really doing soulful music, when other people were doing other [genres]. And he was figuring out the name, he came up with it  and it kind of stuck.

JayEm: We’re actually one big family, and secondly a band.

What inspires you and how?

JayEm: Everything expires. It just comes out, it could be either working in the study or it could be because of my vocalist.

Abraham: Nowadays we all have families, and it is not so easy for us to meet face-to-face, so we tweet each other ideas. But, mostly, JayEm is the head producer.

JayEm: Yeah, well the way it goes, it might be a baseline, and when it is in my head at like three o’clock in the morning and I have to write it down or record it.

What songs or artists are you listening to right now?

Abraham: This might come as a surprise, but at the moment we really like Frederic Robinson. I like to listen to some classic music.

JayEm: Old classic timeless albums.

Abraham: We like music in general, and obviously we are not doing it for the money. We have jobs beside this. [We'll do it] as long as we get a kick from the music.

Can you tell us about the moment when you realized that you wanted to make music for a living?

JayEm: I’m the only one who is doing it for a living. 1970 was the moment when I made the switch. I packed my bags and flew to Helsinki.

Which type of food do you always get no matter where you go?

Abraham: Sushi. Definitely sushi.

JayEm: Steak. What’s on the side doesn’t matter as long as the steak is good!

Dexcell Interview

BA Rowan Ruseler recently partied it up at an album release show hosted by Liquicity in Amsterdam. There he had the awesome opportunity to interview an array of DnB artists. First up we have Dexcell, a musical collaboration with a real England touch. Rowan got to sit down with Dave Wilson, Sammy Stabile and Adam Smart and noted that it didn’t even feel like an interview because they were so excited about the crowd! Read on for the interview and be sure to check out their Soundcloud for some great jams.

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DnB originated in England. Do you feel like it is more alive there than other parts of the planet?

Adam: Yeah, it is massive in England. Massive scene.

Dave: In the Netherlands they like the Liquid DnB more, but in England they like it to be more Tech-y/Dance.

What initially got each of you into music?

Sammy: Friends. They all influence me.

Adam: My parents, and I first got into DnB from a CD that my brother had.

Dave: The thing about music that makes me really love it is that it is one of the things that actually make me feel something. It gives me a different emotion every time I listen to it. It just make me feel something. Music makes you do things you normally wouldn’t do!

If you could tour with anyone, who would it be and why?

Sammy: Noisia

Dave: Yeah, Noisia. They are so sick! Their sound is ridiculous.

Adam: I would rather chill with Noisia and just listen to them do their thing.

Which other artists were you most excited to see here?

Dave/Adam/Sammy: Feint!

Dave: I love Feint!

Adam: We met him last year, and he is an amazing artist! It was also nice to meet the L.A.O.S. guys.

Sammy: Yeah, clearly Feint.

Dave: I like Feint as a person! It was also great to meet Maduk.

Are you more a cat or a dog person?

Adam: Dog, all the way for me! 100%

Dave: I have a cat, an amazing fat ginger cat, but I prefer dogs, personally. I’ve had dogs in my life before and they are so loyal.

Sammy: Monkey, a monkey butler.

Dave: I actually also love lions

Most importantly, what can your fans look forward to in the near future?

Dave: We’ve got an album ready. We’ve got five out of the six tracks ready!

TROPO Interview

TROPO is a live band with electronic tendencies, fusing a mastery of synths with skillful live violin and layered beats. Anthony John d’Almeida, a friend of plug.dj and hardcore user, recently went to Lightning in a Bottle and had the awesome opportunity to sit down with Tyson and Grant Leonard, the founding brothers of TROPO, which we now present to you in all its glory. Be sure to explore their raw yet ethereal tracks on their Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Spotify, and iTunes! And read Anthony’s LIB recaps here and here if you missed them back in June!

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AJD: Tell me about your style and inspirations. How did this project come together?

TROPO: We’re really influenced by the electronic and DJ scene, but we’re live musicians–we don’t come from a DJ pedigree. We’re brothers and have been playing music together since we were kids. We learned violin together, and we’re just reflecting what’s happening in music. I find a lot of inspiration in DJs because they’re taking an already created form and producing an atmosphere. We’ve dabbled in a lot of styles, and don’t really try to go genre-specific. We’re just writing. Just making music. We used to be more instrumental, but we’re starting to bring in more vocals.

That’s just how things have been progressing. I think we have a positive message. At something like Lightning in a Bottle, there’s a spark in that special moment–you never know when that’s going to happen. Being live musicians, the audience affects us a lot. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

1656225_10152671203383782_1198777498_nAJD: As much as people love electronic music today, audiences really respond when live instrumentation is used in an electronic set. How do you feel about this rise in interactivity and instrumentation–or lack thereof?

TROPO: We’re really into the electronic scene, but tired of folks that aren’t really doing anything interactive. A lot of my friends say they don’t care–they’re there to dance. We actually do care what producers are doing live, even if its just controlling one aspect of a track. I still respect the quality of some of these producers and what they’re doing with music whether or not their doing something interactive. However, we enjoy seeing something other than somebody up there dancing.

Technologically, we’re in a place now where a lot of things are possible as far as interactivity, but you have to be willing to go out on a limb. If you program your whole set all the way through and you just twist a knob or two, you can’t connect and respond to the audience in the same way.

AJD: What’s you opinion of the state of electronic music and the music industry in general?

TROPO: We all know the music industry of the past is dead. The industry now is mostly musicians helping musicians. There are fewer middlemen–the festival people directly to the artists; the artists directly to the fans. There’s less of this star power–it’s all about the music and the experience.

AJD: Have you been to LIB before?

TROPO: We’ve been coming to LIB for several years, setting up our own camp in the beginning. A few years ago, we were able to play in the Temple of Consciousness. Last year we played the Grand Artique.

AJD: And this year you’re on the Main Stage!

TROPO: Yeah! It’s always been a dream to play here. Lightning in a Bottle has been a pretty big influence. Some of these artists are from outside this community, and LIB is showcasing variety. Half of these artists, though, were brought up in this scene. They were born in this, and I feel like we were too. From going to these transformational festivals like LIB and Burning Man, we continue to grow with the artists and the audience.

1533904_10152629982498782_1415109615_nAJD: How do you run the show technically-speaking?

TROPO: We use Ableton Live. We used to have all this analogue stuff but we’ve starting parsing things down. We got rid of monitors, amps, and outboard gear, and now everything you hear is going through Ableton and mixed with live drums.

AJD: What’s on the horizon for TROPO?

TROPO: More festivals, more touring. We’re also in discussions about our next release focusing on more vocal tunes, with some really banging band versions of them. So far all our CDs are are live–no overdubs. We just play the CD from beginning to end and release it. We’re doing this new record now, and talking to a great producer and sound engineer, Keith Olsen. We’ve been thinking about releasing our new tracks to a variety of remix producers to put out a well-rounded dance EP. We’ve always been a live band, but we love the club scene, too.