Resident DJ Showcase

Two of our trial BAs, Sinful and Swordling (with some help from TerminallyChill and DjAfterFX) are hosting a brand new type of event that brings together resident DJs. Sinful wrote up about the event to give you some insight on what they have planned and how this idea came around. Be sure to register if you want to play music at the event here

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Hey! My name is Brett and I go by the username “sinful”. Well first I was a regular on Turntable back in August of 2011, and I switched over to plug at the end of September of 2013. I usually visit Chillout Mixer: Ambient + Triphop and Tastycat which I help to moderate in, as well as the community, Radiant.

What project are you working on for plug?

The Resident DJ Showcase is a series of events to help promote plug’s producers/artists from all over the site. It’s main focus is to #Discover (the motto) and share everyone’s own music that they put so much hard work into. We wanted a way to connect with producers, enjoy the music, and also give them some attention/promotion. It’s tough being a new & upcoming artist in today’s music industry, and it seems like music lately has become plain and stretched, but the Showcase will put DJ’s in the center of attention, and give them the support they need!

Each event of the Showcase series will have a different theme. The genre themes will help organize the event and keep a strong flow between the songs. To go along with the event, Swordling came up with an idea to collect the statistics (woots, grabs, mehs) of each song and use that data to find a top song/DJ and 4 other top songs/DJs. His goal was to give those DJs that received the best stats a reward.

The top 5 DJs would each receive a ‘shoutout’ with the links to their Soundcloud and/or Facebook & Twitter, and the top DJ will receive their an interview blog post. Top DJs also have the possibility of having the top songs put together and posted on the BA Soundcloud.

We plan on having an event every two months, to gain more followers and DJ applicants.

How did the project come to mind?

Well actually, this isn’t the first time I’ve ran a project similar to this. Early August, my friend TerminallyChill and I came up with an idea to host an event for our room (Chillout Mixer)’s resident DJs. We gathered info from as many of our resident DJs as we could, created a schedule, made some posters, and eventually submitted the event through plug’s event form.

The event took us by surprise! It lasted all day, and even a little bit longer. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed it, even though it was during a rough time in plug’s updating process. After the event, I knew I wanted to do something on a much larger scale for the entire site, especially since I believed these hard working producers deserve some attention.

TerminallyChill gave me a lot of support and when I was given the opportunity, I knew I had to make something stand out. I messaged my friend Swordling and after hearing he had a similar idea, we decided to put them together and make one large project.

I’m interested! How do I participate?

If you would like to DJ, please register for the event here.  If you’re interested in attending the event, check it out on December 12th at 12pm PST in https://plug.dj/showcase

 

Do you have what it takes?

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Love Minecraft? Like a little competition? Check out Mineplex’s Woot Palooza next Saturday! Come play your favorite EDM tunes and get all the Woot votes you can! Whoever gets the most Woots throughout the competition will receive in game coins on Mineplex!

The event is in https://plug.dj/mineplex-official from 9am PST to 12pm PST.

Mineplex is a great positive gaming community that has consistently grown over the past few months and continues to come up with creative ideas to keep the party going at all hours of the day. Check out their rules and tips here!

We love seeing creative ideas for events and community themes! If you have an awesome idea for an event you want to host in your community, please submit your ideas here!

plug.dj and Label Engine want your music to reach millions!

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Today, we are happy to announce that plug.dj has teamed up with revolutionary music distributor Label Engine to bring benefits and discounts (up to 20% off!) to plug.dj community members.

Do you produce your own music? Well here’s the easiest way to officially release it on platforms all across the web!

Label Engine offers an incredibly easy way to distribute your original music tracks to the worlds biggest online music outlets, including iTunes, Beats Music, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play, along with multiple mobile carriers such as T-Mobile, Orange and AT&T.

As musicians and creatives ourselves, we know that writing and producing music is tough enough, let alone having to worry about all the uploading, data entry, formatting and protocol requirements to actually get your music up and out and heard. That’s why we wanted to team up with Label Engine – to give you and your music a boost. Level up!

Our official creative partnership offers plug.dj community members discounts on Label Engine’s “Distribution on Demand” services. The distribution tiers and discounts available to registered plug.dj users are:

  • Single (1 track): 10% discount
  • EP (2-7 tracks): 15% discount
  • Album (8-15 tracks):  20% discount
  • Extended Album (16-30 tracks): 20% discount 

To receive your discount code, please provide your email address in the form below. 

Cheers!
The plug.dj team

BA Spotlight: chadtz

We are happy to announce chadtz is this month’s BA Spotlight! From helping others to helping out other BAs, he is always thinking of new ways to make the plug.dj experience for everyone and never hesitates to say hello to anyone he sees on plug!
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1. What is your username on plug.dj and where do you like to hang out?

My username is chadtz. I orginally started out on Turntable.fm with the username “badtzchado” since I liked the Sanrio character Bad Badtz Maru. It’s since been simplified over time to chadtz. My principal hangout is Connect The Songs. It’s a theme room where you have to connect your song to the song played before you. We have a bot that tracks “connects” which makes for a lot of fun! I also hang out in Indie Discotheque, Soulful Strut, Indie Google+, Mixxx’s Fun House, YouTunes, and my other room creations (Secret Theme Room, Mystery Science Theater 9000). As you can see I enjoy playing and hearing all different types of music as well as finding new ways to use the plug.dj platform.

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

Well I just found out that Elvis Costello and The Roots made an album last year! Also I’ve been enjoying the latest Bonobo and Gary Clark Jr live albums (yes, live albums). Boozoo Bajou is a new favorite band of mine, as is Brooklyn Funk Essentials and The Coup.

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

I’m originally from Colorado, USA. I’ve lived in San Diego and now I live just outside of Washington DC. I’m an avid reader. My favorite authors are George RR Martin (I was reading him before he got famous!), Neal Stephenson, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Jacqueline Carey. I also enjoy games – I’ve been playing Terraria a lot lately. I like to listen to music while I read too! Oh and I love to eat!

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

I’m old. So I have a job.

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

My goals in life are pretty simple. Cherish friends. Enjoy life. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Have a good meal.

6. What inspired you to be a Brand Ambassador?

I got pretty invovled with the formation and direction of our community Connect The Songs, so I thought it would be great to be able to help out with plug.dj as a whole. Having gone through the crumbling of Turntable.fm and the feeling of “Oh crap, now what” before we all found plug.dj, I’ve committed myself to do my part in making plug.dj a great place to hang out for a long time. I genuinely do enjoy helping people and I get great satisfaction in seeing a n00b turn into a savvy veteran.

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

I am always trying to find ways to connect and interact with people. This relates to my fellow BAs, the communities I frequent, as well as my personal life. I feel it’s not only fun, but important to learn about other people and cultures. I spend my time on plug,dj trying to get to know my fellow djs and find ways for people to have fun, feel respected, safe and comfortable. I write the occasional piece for the plug.dj blog, which I enjoy because I like making music personal. I contribute to the Soundcloud group which is a lot of fun since I get to share some of the things I’ve been listening to. I am part of the Tumblr taskforce, which I hope will be a new, fun way to interact with the plug.dj community.

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

First and foremost is the music. It’s such a joy to hear something new (or new to me) and be able to explore it further. It’s also a lot of fun hearing something I haven’t heard in a while and relive that moment over again. A very close second is the people. I cannot tell you how many very, very good people on plug.dj (and Turntable.fm before that). It actually bolsters my faith in humanity at times when I see the goodness come out of people who have never even met each other in the flesh. As for what excites me about plug.dj, it’s the possibilities of the medium. I enjoy seeing what I can do on the site and finding out who’s willing venture out there with me!

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

Most of my real-life friends would rather give up a lung than spend any considerable time in front of a computer, so the question usually is “Why would you do that?” My answer to them is “You don’t know what you’re missing.” I have become so much more knowledgeable about music and really about the roots of popular. I’m the “music guy” at get-togethers now ( well I was before too). Being older, most of my friends are leery of chatting online and putting yourself out there in that way. My rebuttal to that is, there are so many neat and interesting people out in the world and by interacting with them with music as the common connection, you can learn a lot.

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

This is a great time to be a music nerd! There are so many ways to listen and enjoy music if you’re willing to try them. Social networks like plug.dj may be scary at first, but the rewards are enormous. My advice is to never close your mind to new experiences. It keeps you young! I’d like to give a shoutout to the people in Connect The Songs for always supporting me and making the last 3 years such a fun ride. Most especially Josh Wessel, who has become a real friend to me.

Halloween Events!!

Things are getting a little spooky with a bunch of events happening on Halloween!

blackandgreyKicking off things off on Halloween is a new community, Escape Reality. Bring your favorite creepy EDM tracks and have a great time! The event starts at 4am PDT.

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 11.00.41 AMCome join Halloweentown’s Monster Music Bash! Join the open queue and play your best Halloween music or simply hang out for spooky music perfect for work or your Halloween party. Register for the raffle of treats!

meiizcAnime Cafe is hosting a day of Touhou music starting at 11am.

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A Day of Darkness marks Just a Chill Room’s first Halloween event. Engulf yourself in non-stop, monstrous and murky music. Starts at 12pm!