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SOS! There’s a new theme… and new features!

This month we welcome you to the plug.dj Beach Party!

We always want your stay at plug.dj to be full of fun and enjoyment. With that in mind we released a new feature today we’re calling S.O.S. which allows our Brand Ambassadors to lend communities a helping hand when needed.

In order to call a BA to your room, type /sos in the chat-box, followed by a brief message describing your issue.

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To respect the time of our Brand Ambassadors and ensure everyone on the site can get proper assistance when needed, we ask that you only use this feature for serious matters, such as troll attacks or harassment.

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Additionally, we added an Application Setting that sets your account to Only Show Friend Avatars in a community. This will help keep track of your friends in large rooms, or can simply improve your computer’s performance.

We’ll see you at the beach!

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Hello stranger. Welcome to plug.dj!

We’re welcoming everyone to try out our site with the newly released guest mode. You no longer need to create an account to experience the coolest music sharing site in the world (plus, we’ve added a short walkthrough for guests).

As a new user, you can simply head to our homepage (plug.dj), type in the artist or song you want to hear and jump right into a Community to listen to music. (We even improved our search so if a Community is currently playing the song/artist that was searched for that Community will be the first result.) Anyone that was previously hesitant to create an account will now have the opportunity to explore the site and find music they love with no signup steps.

We hope this will encourage people to see what we have to offer and make it easier for our amazing fans to get their friends on board. And why wouldn’t they want to join our community? We have incredibly passionate people accumulated from around the world ready to share amazing music that they discovered. There’s no algorithms or machines picking what you hear – it’s always real people, just like you.

Now let’s get everyone with a computer plugged in!

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BA Spotlight: Swordling

It’s June and we have a new BA to celebrate! His name is Swordling, and you’ll find him helping plug users all over the place – from Tumblr to Reddit. Make sure to give him an e-hug if you see him online and thank him for all of his contributions!

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

I am known as Swordling on Plug, and I have a few communities that I frequent: #Tastycat, Forsen, Nightcore-331, Mineplex and last but not least the Friendship is Magic community.

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

I have to be honest, I’ve never been one to follow artists. I do enjoy the occasional interview I find here on the blog and I’m always exited to see new releases in my SoundCloud stream. But I don’t follow any artist in particular however I have recently been listening to Televisor’s, Bassnectar’s and Galantis’ music on repeat.

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

I come from a land down under, do do do du do do! In my free time I like to code and design stuff, I’m not very good at either of them but practise makes perfect! But on the rare occasion that I do go outside I like to go to the city and take photographs, visit the Gallery of Modern Art and do some exploring! I’m not a very art-orientated dude but I do find the exhibits amazing and cool!

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

Both! I’m in school at the moment, Year 12, my last year of high-school! I’ve only got 6 months to go and them I’m off to the real world! Woohoo! I also have a job working at a small Cafe which I absolutely love!

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

I’d like to know a few backend languages like Python, Ruby and C and improve my skills with Javascript. I would also like to graduate school with an OP 5 at least, (If you’re interested, when you leave school in Queensland you get given a score (OP) between 1-25, 1 being the best and 25 being the worst.) And enrol in a double degree in Information Technology Computer Science and Interactive and Visual design.

6. What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador? 

I just love plug.dj! I was an active user of the site and I’d actually acquired staff in a few communities and was really in to the plug experience and what it had to offer. I met some amazing friends and I’ve learnt some amazing skills as well, like how to code! I was interested in the Brand Ambassador program since the moment I heard about it and thought it was really cool that plug.dj was employing regular users to create a better plug experience. It obviously an effective program too because massive sites like Twitch have begun to adopt it with their Twitch Ambassador program. But the Ambassador program also helps to connect users with the admins and developers. Plug.dj isn’t your regular Facebook social network where the community, if you can even call it that, is so large theres no real connection with anybody and you kind of just accept Facebook for what it is and don’t really contribute anything but a “like” to a mediocre post. Plug is different, you know the users, you actually make new friends outside your your friends circle by connecting with people with similar interests to you. But the best part is how you can share you feedback, help build to plug.dj and know someone is listening and the Brand Ambassador program is at the heart of that. I also really wanted to join a team of people with similar ideas, concepts and motives and work with them to help something we’re all passionate about grow.

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

I am involved with supporting the Reddit, Tumblr and Facebook task-forces, I also do my best to collect as much feedback as I can from small and large communities and find a few bugs on my way! If there’s a chance for me to make a amateur looking graphic or code something that is basic I love to submit my attempt.

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

I’m really exited to answer this one. I love plug.dj because of it’s community. I used to have a subscription to Spotify but I cancelled it after I joined plug.dj because I realized Spotify, alongside all the other music streaming services are missing the most important thing about music. Community. Imagine if we didn’t share and discover music, imagine if Mozart or Beethoven never shared their music and just kept it to themselves. Music is meant to be shared and discovered and I can’t but feel like services like Spotify and iTunes de-evolved music to something that we curate alone. Plug.dj allows me to share my discoveries, and discover and build an awesome music collection and fall in love with artists I would’ve never come across without plug.dj and its community.

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

I always get asked, “What does the egg next to your name mean?”. I like to answer it the way I saw one user answer it for me, they said “Brand Ambassadors are the voice of the plug.dj users”. I love that, I love that we are a major component of the bridge that connects plug’s users with each-other.

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

Plug.dj is going places, and if you’re thinking of applying to the Brand Ambassador program, don’t hesitate! I haven’t had a single regret since the day I joined, only an amazing experience.

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New Changes! (Version 1.3.29.8088)

Here’s a high-level look at some of the new additions to plug in Version 1.3.29.8088:

NSFW Communities – We’ve added a “Not Safe For Work” setting that can be applied to Communities. Any Community flagged as NSFW will show the [ face_screaming_in_fear-small ] icon next to the population count of a room when searching for a room. These rooms are hidden by default and will only appear in your search if you opt in to see these Communities in your Application Settings. (Currently only Admins can flag a Community as NSFW. Email support@plug.dj if you’d like your Community marked as such.)

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Faster Dashboard loading – We made some substantial changes to our backend infrastructure around the Dashboard. What this means is Communities should appear faster on ( plug.dj/dashboard ), and things like the population count and current song playing should be updated in real-time.
Added Russian translation – Добро пожаловать!
Search and Song Advancing issues addressedCheck out our tech blog for more info.
Private Community plays – Songs played in a private Community will no longer show on your plug profile.
New Avatars and Badges – Week 2 plug diner content is out now, featuring Bacon and Eggs!

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Trap City 2 Million Subscribers Festival!

Hey everyone! Brand Ambassador Isacarius here! I just wanted to inform everyone about the Trap City Two Million Subscribers Online Festival on plug.dj! Everyone is welcome – from trap aficionados, to those who are simply curious to hear some amazing producers play some of their best stuff! Come join and support everyone who will definitely make this event a success! I spoke with producer Flagz and Trap City moderator T O O S T O N E D about their thoughts and about the event in general; I hope you all can make it and celebrate Trap City’s achievement!

Interview With T O O S T O N E D

Q: Who can I expect to see at the online festival?

A: The current line-up for day 1 is: Autolaser, Onderkoffer, Apex Rise, T-Mass, Instant Party, K Theory, Matstubs, 8er$, XVII, and Illenium. The lineup for day 2 is: Flagz, Blvk Sheep, Statik Link, Space Race, Baewatch, Duskus, GawtBass, Snavs, Jaykode, and LVX! You can view the set times here.

Q:  What are some popular songs from some of the producers at the event?

A:  This song by K-Theory has been really popular in our room lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSDOTYAzU2k. Apex Rise also did a trap city release for this song of his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjGFDngVSrE. Personally, my favorite song is this remix by Onderkoffer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AiWG_P_z7c.

Q: What are your thoughts personally about the festival?

A: I’m hoping that it turns out just as great, if not better, than the 1 million subscriber event we had a while back. We had so many people come in to see their favorite producers and talk to them; it was really neat to see the producers talk and interact with their fans personally. I also am very excited for the event, not just as a mod, but as someone who loves Trap music. It’s always so much fun to have everyone come together and listen to the awesome mixes that the producers have made especially for the event. As Trap music has become more and more mainstream lately, I feel that this event will bring a lot of positive attention to plug.dj and to our community!

Interview With Flagz:

Q: What are your thoughts/hopes for/about the event?

A: I hope that the event will go down in plug.dj history as one of the biggest and most memorable events hosted on the site! I anticipate that everyone attending is going to have an awesome time listening to some dope sets from some of the best producers today.

Q: What’s your favorite song that you’ve produced? What’s the story behind it? Why do you like it?

A: This is probably my favorite song that I have produced. Although it’s not necessarily my best song in my opinion, it’s the track that I’ve had the “biggest ride with,” so to speak. It has its faults and errors here and there, but no track can ever be perfect, you know? I just love the song because it was that one track that pretty much got me to where I am today, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that opportunity. In terms of the story behind the song, it’s quite a simple one. I sat in front of my computer for four straight days with notes lying everywhere of how I wanted the track to turn out in the end and of exactly what kind of elements I wanted in the track. I promised myself that when I released it, I wasn’t going to send it around to promotional channels; I just wanted to see how far the song could carry itself. I don’t know if I got lucky, but Andre from Trap Nation found my track and asked me one day if he could upload the track to his channel. From then, the song has pretty much exploded.

Q: How did you get involved with Trap City? What do you love about Trap music?

A: I got involved with Trap City on October 17th, 2012; the very first track that I heard from their channel was “Bear Pause – 808 city.” I don’t know why it caught my attention, but I’ve been a subscriber ever since (and now my song “Outta Here”  has twice as many views as “808 city,” which is pretty crazy when I think about it). What I love about trap music is the various forms that it can be disguised as. It’s not just a cookie-cutter, formulaic production style and sound like a lot of other genres out there can be. You can have everything from a heavy-hitting XVII track to a hyped-up beat from Diskord yet still call it trap. I just love trap and all its forms in general!

 

For more information, check out the Trap City Facebook Event.