Winter Avatars & Badges now available! Show off your Plug Love!

tl;dr We are now offering the ability to purchase Premium Avatars & Badges for a limited time. Your purchases will allow us to continue to improve the plug.dj you love, while keeping our core service free to use, plus you can get some exclusive avatars with sidekicks and really cool special effects!

Ever since the early days of plug.dj, many of you have been asking how you can donate money to plug.dj to show your support. We are still astounded by and thankful for your generous offers to contribute to the future of plug.dj. However, we did not want to accept money from you, our awesome community members, until we could offer you something in return.

And now that time has arrived with the introduction of the plug.dj store where you can choose to buy Premium Avatars & Chat Badges. Here is a quick look at how some of them look:

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Our first set of premium avatars are winter-themed. Tell us what other themes you would like to see in the comments below.

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And like the very popular Halloween avatars, these will be available for a limited time only so get ‘em before they disappear!

Please note we will continue to provide some Avatars that you can earn with PP, however this set will only be available to unlock with PN!

How much longer will these avatars be available?

These Winter Avatars will only be available through March 19, 2015.

How can I buy premium avatars/badges to show off my support?

Thanks for asking! All premium items can be purchased in the store with our new virtual currency which we are calling Plug Notes plug.dj notes icon. Plug Notes can be purchased using a PayPal or Credit/Debit card and you can redeem your Notes for avatars, badges and soon community backgrounds/skins.

What are Plug Notes?

Notes offers a way to show your support for plug.dj to help keep us running, improving, and adding your highly requested features, like the search playlist feature and mobile app, so plug.dj can continue to be a place for you to share and discover your new favorite songs to others from around the world!

What if I still just want to donate to plug.dj?

You warm our hearts! You can just purchase some Plug Notes plug.dj notes icon but not redeem them. But even if you decide to redeem them on something from the store later, that’s cool too!

Alternatively, you can send a donation through our YouTube Channel by clicking the Support button in the right-side of the screen.
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When I buy a premium avatar/badge, do I get to keep it forever?

Of course! Once you buy it, it is yours to keep & use, forever! They will only be available for purchase through March 19, 2015, and after that, no one else can purchase them.

I can’t decide on which avatar to buy! I NEED them all!!

We know decisions are hard. So we have made it easier with a premium bundle that includes ALL 10 Winter-themed Premium Avatars, plus the exclusive Winter Bundle Badge. This badge is exclusive and ONLY available if you buy the bundle and is the best way to show off your support. As an extra thanks, you will save 27% by buying the bundle. It’s like getting 3 avatars free!

We really hope you enjoy these new features. We spent a lot of time talking to members of many communities, taking surveys, and listening to what you had to say. We understand that you want plug.dj to be around for a very long time (so do we!) and we hope you find enough value in the service to offer your support so that we can continue to provide you with a friendly way to discover great music and hang out with some really cool people!

Get to Know an RDJ: FusionFox & Kwiztech of DTE

Trial BA Swordling went in search of some other communities and not too far down the line he found FusionFox hanging out in Dubstep, Techno, and Electro! hosted by Riot. Catch him tomorrow at the RDJ Showcase (11am PST Friday, Dec. 12).

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 5.13.32 PMTell us a little about yourself!

I’m Max, a 17 year old guy from Finland who likes to know stuff, as much as possible.

Why do you enjoy producing music?

I nowadays produce music because of a different reason than before, nowadays I just produce when I’m bored or when I really want to mess around with sounds or remix something, I extremely rarely finish tracks..

Why do you choose to share it with the lovely people of plug.d?

I used to share my tracks because I wanted people to enjoy what I had created, I still would like to share my tracks if I would actually be actively producing. I bet I’d be producing all the time if I had plugins/VSTs like Harmor, Spire, Kontakt, Komplete 10 and things like that.

Swordling also met Kwiztech chilling in Dubstep, Techno, and Electro!

Tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Rudolfs, I’m from Latvia, i play bass guitar, drums and now learning electric guitar.  I’m kinda funny, though not really for myself. I am lazy most of the times, but when I promise something I will do it. I am honest to my friends and never lie and yeah…

Why do you enjoy producing music?

I produce music just because I want to learn the ways of music. But my ultimate goal is to be world wide famous producer.

Why do you choose to share it with the lovely people of plug.dj?

Plug.dj is a place where people can give feedback on the song, and that means you can improve based on the people feedback, and plug has a lot of different communities with different genres that means you make a specific genre and go in the room and get feedback for that specific genre. Also plug.dj is a good place where you can find other producers and record labels if you need one.

 

 

 

Get to Know An RDJ: Lugger

Swordling sat down with Lugger to chat about his music, how he got into producing, and a bit about himself! 
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Tell us a little bit about yourself,

I’m a 16 yr/old producer from NY. I started a year or two ago producing house and dubstep type stuff. I then transitioned into a Deep phase which is how I landed in more of the underground type stuff. Now i’ve said “F**k off” to genres and now, I just make what I think sounds good and pleases me.

Why do you enjoy producing music?

I started producing because it gave me much more satisfaction than something like video-games would give me.

And, why do you choose to share it with the lovely people of plug.dj?

With websites like soundcloud, there is no musician-fan interaction. With plug.dj, i can talk to my people, gain feedback, and further improve myself.

You can check out some of Lugger’s work here: http://soundcloud.com/luggermusic/

 

 

VOIA Interview by Isacarius

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VOIA is an incredible producer that I first met on plug.dj. His unique interpretation on EDM and his passion for music resonates in every measure of every song he makes. It was my honor and pleasure to be able to interview VOIA about his new EP, his experiences with music, and his thoughts and advice for other producers.

1. What excites you about music? What got you into music?

“It’s not a very well known fact, but I have synesthesia. When I hear sound, my brain understands a bit of it visually, so I can technically “see” sound as well. When electronic music was first introduced to me, I was amazed at all the textures I was listening to and by the pictures that were painted into my head. I, ultimately, wanted to create songs that matched my own “mental paintings.”

2. Tell me a little bit about your new EP? What excites you about it? What have you done differently? What about it do you think people will enjoy?

“This new EP is pretty different from my previous releases for multiple reasons. First of all, it’s kind of my first real journey into releasing a vocal tune, and I think working with Sidekicks was awesome because they’re really heavily into songwriting instead of just in writing a “club” tune. My music has always been some sort of storytelling, and I feel like Sidekicks nailed it on “Burn.” “Arc” was a track that I’ve been working on and off for about a year (right after my Dragonfly EP came out), and I feel like it’s the tune that bridges the gap between my old style and the new techniques I have learned. In my opinion, there are a lot of adventures to be had when listening to the Arc EP; there is lots of variety, and the tracks really end up the same as they started.”

3. Tell me about your journey into the music industry. How has it changed since you first started making?

“I started producing electronic music when I was studying Jazz guitar in university, and I was inspired by some twisted combination of video games, dubstep (it was 2012), and all the hip-hop that the university kids were making on their pirated software. I ran into HB No. 2 (the director of Dragonfly) and the making of the music video inspired me to network and meet some of the producers that I’m friends with today. I was really into “video-gamey” sounding music, which wasn’t a part of the norm when I started, yet a few years later, it has become more acceptable for the larger audiences, so I’m happy to have more of a market for the stuff I enjoy.”

4. What’s your favorite song? What’s your favorite song that you have produced?

“My favorite two songs are probably “Wind Scene (600 A.D.)” from Chrono Trigger –  a video game tune; and “Laser Beam” by Japanese pop-group Perfume. I’m a bit of a fan of both brands and have respective merchandise for both, and the compositions of both of these tunes are so on point. One of my favorite songs that I’ve produced so far is probably “Beauty Standards.” I’m not really into making music that heavy so often, but I think the chords and the energy of that song really take me by surprise when I listen to it.”

5. What do you love about plug.dj – how has plug.dj influenced or changed your life?

“Plug.DJ was a really big launching point to starting my involvement with the music scene online and was a very good place for me to connect with successful artists from several different labels (Armada, Monstercat, etc). Building a relationship with people that are better than you is imperative to improvement – I really believe that!”

6. Where do you see yourself in the future? Any exciting events or plans?

“I’ve got a show coming up two days after Christmas this year in New York. It’s not something too huge, but it’s the first time I’ll be handling a fully live electronic set instead of DJing. Coming into the next year, I’m going to make VOIA more of a multi-media experience and working a lot closer with my artist to give a visual identity for my audience. The rest is up to fate :)”

7. What do you like to do for fun?

“I play a lot of retro and rhythm video games. I’m very proud of my knack for things like DJ, Guitar Hero, and Rockband, but I also play a lot of DDR and Osu! as well. I’ve also bought too many retro and indie games growing up that I’ve never played, so it’s a big source of inspiration in my downtime to clear games that I hadn’t finished in the past.”

8. What’s your most memorable experience in your life?

“I went to London about a month ago, and it was my first time leaving the U.S. Something about experiencing a new culture, even if they don’t differ TOO much from that of your own, is so satisfying and freeing. It makes you to realize that the world is so much bigger than you are or that you think it is.”

9. Any other information you want to add?

“Don’t take advice on how to be successful from people that aren’t successful. You should always be looking forward to learn, never behind.”

10. Any advice to musicians or artists in the industry now?

“Don’t compromise. You might think it’s a lucrative opportunity to listen to pressure that people might put you under, but understand that the “easy way out” in working in this business has long-term consequences. You would be better off taking a long time to succeed as an original artist than by racing to the top as a copy. Be yourself, and go with what feels right.”

BA Spotlight: HiBiscuits

Congratulations to HiBiscuits for earning this month’s BA Spotlight title. She is constantly working on new ideas and figuring out new ways to help communities around plug.dj! She’s always happy to answer questions and loves making people feel welcome on plug.dj! If you see her, be sure to congratulate her! 
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1. What is your username on plug.dj and where do you like to hang out?

My username is HiBiscuits. You can usually find me in Indie Google+, but I often jump around to a few other communities, like Connect the Songs, Indie And Such., /r/trees music, and Chillout Músic. I have a lot of varied music tastes, but I tend to sway towards indie, folk, and instrumental.

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

San Fermin, Lucius, all the new music from Made In Heights, Wildcat! Wildcat!, and always and forever my favorite, Kishi Bashi. I love big instrumentation and smooth vocals the most of basically anything, but I’m open to a ton of different genres.

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

I’m originally from outside of Atlanta, but I’ve been living in Chicago for over four years. In my free time, I love going out to concerts, reading, cooking, spending too much money on things I don’t actually need, watching cute animal videos, and trying out new food around the city – there’s a lot of really awesome stuff here. I also shamelessly karaoke a lot and wrap myself up in many blankets during the winter.

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

I have a job. I graduated from a university this past June, and now I’m working in nonprofit development for an immigration organization. It’s really busy, but I find it really rewarding, so it’s worth it.

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

I want to be able to run a 10K without stopping by March! I’m also planning on competing in a cooking contest and doing a lot of good work for my organization. I’m also trying to travel a little more. I think I’m going up to Boston in March, and I hope to travel to Brazil when I have enough money saved up for the flight.

6. What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador?

I mainly love the feeling of helping people and supporting a site that brings so many people together through music. I’ve met a lot of close friends through music sites, and after turntable.fm closed up, I felt really compelled to help plug.dj thrive so that we can keep our friends together and bond through both new music and old favorites. Basically, I’m a BA so that I can help foster more of a sense of community and belonging and to keep the environment friendly, welcoming, and easy to use. I also really wish more people knew about it because I KNOW they would have SO much fun if only they tried it out for a little bit, so I really wanted to have a bigger part in promoting the site.

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

I help out with plug.dj‘s Pinterest and Tumblr and help answer support tickets. I also helped translate the Spanish version of the site here and there. And as far as more general stuff, I like to help out during events and lend a hand to people who are new to the site.

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

My favorite thing about plug.dj is without a doubt all of the friends I’ve made there – because of plug.dj, I now have friends all over the world who’ve helped me with language learning, made me laugh, shared awesome music with me, and have been there for me when I needed a (virtual) hug. One of the most exciting things about plug.dj is the sheer diversity of people and communities on the site. It’s a place where you can watch a movie with people, listen to up and coming artists who are showing off their newest releases, and play music with friends. I love all the possibilities of the format!

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

At work, the question is usually, “What’s that weird game you’re playing with the dancing characters?” I explain to my coworkers that it’s an international social music site where people take turns playing whatever they want and chat with each other. On the site, I usually get asked why I’m green, or what that corn symbol means (the microphone), to which I answer that I’m a Brand Ambassador, a global moderator for the site that helps with promotion, events, social media, and/or support and link them to the BA page on the blog.

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

Since this is right after Thanksgiving, I’d just like to say that I’m thankful for all of you guys! For me, plug.dj is about the people who use it, so I’m really happy to have been able to talk to a lot of you, and I hope to meet even more of you guys! I’m also thankful for the really hardworking admins, who are sometimes working way after the office is officially closed to help make the site the best it can be. Lastly, I’d like to share this really cute video of a dog in a bear costume on a treadmill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVmBL8B-In0