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.

 

Playlists for Fall Driving

Today’s post comes to you from BA chadtz, who writes about driving in the fall season while listening to great music. Read on for some great autumn-inspired playlists from other members of the plug.dj community!

I took this picture while walking around the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

I took this picture while walking around the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Fall is here already. Where did the time go? Soon, Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns will be on display on many front porches. evenings will begin to get cooler and leaves will make that rustling sound which for me signals the change of seasons. For many people, taking a drive to enjoy the Autumn foliage is an annual tradition.

Here in Virginia, we have many scenic driving spots, such as the Shenandoah Valley and Skyline Drive which offer many breathtaking opportunities to take in the oranges, reds and browns that the trees have to offer. Even in the District of Columbia, you can often find startling scenes of great colors mixed in with beautiful architecture.

This photo was taken while driving in rural Northern Virginia two years ago.

This photo was taken while driving in rural Northern Virginia two years ago.

What would you listen to while driving in scenery like this? I thought it would be interesting to ask a few plug users to make a playlist of Autumn driving songs. Here’s what they came up with:

“Songs For an Autumn Drive” by ghostenglish

I particularly enjoyed ghoststencil’s inclusion of Peter Gabriel’s “Solisbury Hil.l” When I mentioned this to him, Ghost said, “I’ve always thought of that as a very autumnal song.” Future Islands’ “Seasons (Waiting On You)” was also a very thoughtful addition. Ghost told me he wanted his playlist to be “fun to drive to but have a reflective, Autumn mood” and I think he accomplished this very well.

“My Design” by vonz

I can envision myself cruising down a winding road on a crisp Fall morning in my Audi R-8 (if only!) with this setlist playing! Com Truise’s “Wave 1” just invites a driver to press down a bit harder on the gas pedal and hug those turns! “Warm Foothills” by 1ggy makes you want to park your car next to a lake and just…listen. Vonz is from Valence, which is in Southern France. His playlist evokes an ending of Summer, which always seems to fade too quickly.

“Autumn Fall Back Classics” by djheathervaughn

Heather’s playlist was inspired by the NFL’s throwback jerseys. “I wanted to create a playlist of classic tracks that have undergone a rework in the past few years,” she told me. She begins her set with a Dusty Springfield remix “because it has a great beat that you can lip sync to while walking down the street, riding on a train, or driving a car.”

Needless to say, Heather is an avid American Football fan–her favorite team being the Dallas Cowboys. She’s also into cooking (and sharing pics of her creations on Instagram), as well as hanging out with her French Bulldog, Trixie. Heather is an avid believer in the healing properties of music (as am I) and also strongly believes in social music experiences such as Plug.dj because “social media music is an instrument that can help people who might struggle with depression and any other mental issues. I am not a music therapist, but I can speak to the healing powers of music. Music calms the savage beast.”

What would you listen to while making a drive through a vista of Autumn foliage? Let us know in the comments below!

BA Spotlight: Margotron

Here is BA Margotron’s well-deserved spotlight! Her hard work can be seen helping community members, answering questions on our Facebook page, and always trying to improve the BA program by finding new ways to help others. Be sure to congratulate her if you see her!

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She’s a bit crazy about red pandas.

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

My name is margotron, and my home on plug is the I ♥ the 80s and 90s room, a community I love dearly!

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

I am from the United States, born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve been living in the “live music capital of the world” (Austin, Texas) for over 10 years. I don’t have much free time these days, but Austin has a lot to offer and my husband and I like to discover new places and restaurants, ride our bikes through town, and walk our dogs along the river park. When I can, I love to play djembe and djundjun (West African hand drums) with a group in Austin.

Are you in school? Do you have a job?

Yes to both!  I’ve been working for a while and am starting a graduate degree this year. I’m really excited for the opportunity to be a student again. :)

What music and artists are you excited about right now?

My favorites from the 80s and 90s include Genesis, Alanis Morrissette, Garbage, Cranberries, Pat Benatar, The Offspring, Chicago, Moby, Daft Punk … and more. A new artist that I’ve recently been introduced to through Neveragain_gc in Just a Chill Room is Elliot Berger. His Diamond Sky track is lovely and calming on a stressful day. Other artists I enjoy are Phantogram, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, Elllie Goulding. Can’t forget Rude by Magic!

What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador?

I have been impressed since day one by the welcoming and open manner in which plug.dj interacts with its community. I really believe in plug.dj’s mission to develop an international community around music, and I want to be a part of the group getting us to that goal. I’m thankful and honored to help users connect with people and music through plug.dj. Continue reading

Interview with Elliot Berger

New interview alert! BA Neveragain_Gc had the pleasure of sitting down with Elliot Berger, a UK-based producer/DJ. Questions range from his production process to his experiences with plug.dj. Read on for a great interview, and then scope his various pages on Soundcloud, YouTube, his website, Facebook and Twitter.

Hi Elliot! Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I am a Chillout, maybe “Heavy Chillout” producer. I live in London and I am 21 years old. Right now I’m studying Creative Music Technology, aiming to finish with a Bachelor’s Degree next summer.

You mainly produce Melodic Dubstep. What was the first Dubstep track you heard and how has it inspired you?

The first Dubstep song I heard was Tek One’s “Broken String.” I can actually remember this because it inspired me to start producing Dubstep. I got addicted and started listening to more Dubstep, like Skrillex, who has been an inspiration, too. Once I started trying it out, it happened to be quite Melodic. I didn’t plan it to be Melodic, but maybe the fact that I started to play the violin at the age of six had an influence on this!

You are interacting with plug.dj quite a lot, playing at several events and casually hang out on the site, too. What do you like the most about plug.dj and in which communities can we find you?

There are multiple things I like. First of all, the interactive way of sharing music is a lot different from other sites like Soundcloud and YouTube. If you want feedback you can just play a song and ask the crowd for their opinion and get instant answers. You can also discover a lot of new music that you would have never listened to otherwise. I also think that the anonymity is really nice for shy people. It makes it easier to chat with them.

The communities I visit are Just A Chill Room…, Radiant and occasionally Tastycat. Sometimes I am in my own community and just listen to music with some friends and fans.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 3.05.11 PMWhat are the advantages and disadvantages of producing a song on your own versus working with another producer or vocalist?

When you produce on your own you have to rely on yourself. That can be both positive and negative. You don’t have to wait for others, which sometimes can be frustrating (not excluding myself from this).

A problem of producing on your own is running out of ideas. In that case, producing with someone else is definitely helpful. Then again, working with another producer includes a lot of messages and file transfers before both sides are happy with the outcome. When I work with vocalists, I basically send them a rough finished instrumental and let them do their magic. If things go smoothly, you only need 2-3 file transfers until the song is finalized. Continue reading

Welcome to the new plug.dj!

You might have gone to our site today and realized it looks a bit different ;).
Welcome to the new, plug.dj! Besides a completely rewritten backend, to provide you more stability, there are a few new things to check out and even more on the way. Here’s a quick guide to our new look:

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What’s New With The Update

Brand New Login Page
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You probably noticed our Login page looks completely new! We have reworked the page to make it easier to Log In or Sign Up. We have also created an email+password login system along with Facebook log in to make account recovery faster than ever.

Important: If you used Twitter or Google to log in before this update, you will need to transfer your account. We have laid out how the walkthrough works on our FAQ. It’s super easy and only takes 3 steps to transfer your account!

Dashboard (Formerly, the Lobby)

Our Dashboard also has a brand new look to make your community pop out better than ever!

News is now located at the top of the Dashboard and scrolls through the most recent blog posts, which can include everything from plug tips to interviews of artists you have heard playing on our site! Simply click to be directed to the blog.
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We also now have an Event Calendar link located on our Dashboard to ensure you know where the best parties to go to are and when they are happening. You can always set your own event through that link too, so you can get your own party started!

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The Communities listed on the Dashboard have also been updated to show the thumbnail of the current song playing! You can also scroll over to find out more details about the community.

DJ History

Also note that DJ History is now located by clicking the icon next to the current song playing IN a community.

Private Profile

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Also new to the new plug is your Profile, which will remain private until you officially unlock the new public version. Under your profile you can purchase Avatars in the Avatar Shop and see which Avatars you have purchased.

You can also create your community here once you reach Level 3! Once you have created a community, you can easily access it under My Communities at any time.

There are a few more small surprises you will notice as you start using the site, so be on the lookout for those!

What is Coming

We have the new site updated, which means bigger parties that can last longer than ever. With this new site update, we can now focus on bringing you new features faster and more often than ever before. Here is what we are already planning:

Friends

Fans did not make it over to this update, but only to make way for the really awesome Friends system that will be coming soon! The Friends system will allow you to add people to your Friends list. Friends list will also allow us to make way for

Private Chat

This feature is a little farther down the pipeline, but something we are looking forward to bringing you! Private chat will allow you to chat with your Friends one-on-one on plug.dj.

Positive Vibes

We will also be implementing Positive Vibes, which will allow you to give extra props to people who are doing some awesome things on the site! It is a nice way to say, “hey, you rock!”