We’re happy to announced the addition of our newest Brand Ambassador! Please join me in welcoming Vackule to the team! If you see him around on the site, be sure to say hi! Here is a short interview so that you can learn a little bit more about him.
What is your username on plug.dj? How can people find you on the site?
Where are you from, and what is one great thing about this place that people might like to visit for?
Austin, TX – The live music capital of the world!
What does being a Brand Ambassador mean to you?
To me, being a Brand Ambassador is about developing and maintaining relationships with the community and making plug.dj an awesome place to hang out!
In what ways do you hope to be able to contribute the most to the plug.dj community?
Since joining the team, I have been hard at work on a project that will help make plug.dj more accessible to people around the world by providing more site language options. I am also always happy to help with any questions users may have, so if you see me around plug, please feel free to say hello!
What do you feel are some of your strengths? And what is one weakness that you would like to work on?
I am a SysAdmin by day, so I’m pretty good at the whole computer thing, and I can bake a mean cheesecake. A weakness that I would like to work on is sometimes, I have difficulty focusing on a single task and can become distra…………ooooooooh, something shiny!
Who are a few of your favorite musicians?
I listen to a wide range of genres. Currently, I’m really into EDM artists Seven Lions and Minnesota. I am a lifelong Tool and Disturbed fan, and it’s not unusual to catch me listening to a Lady Gaga track
If you had to watch just one YouTube video for the rest of your life, which one would it be, and why?
Colin’s Bear Animation. It just gets funnier every time I see it!
Other than spending time on Plug.dj (or other websites) what is one hobby you are passionate about?
Culinary arts is a huge passion of mine. I love to cook, and love to experience new foods.
If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
The man with the golden spoon who tastes ice cream at the factory.
Any final thoughts, words of wisdom or favorite quotes that you would like to share with the other members of the plug.dj community?
Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!
TWO PART BONUS QUESTION:
Part 1: If you were Neo, in the movie The Matrix, would you take the blue pill, or the red pill? And why?
Definitely the red pill. Learn Judo in seconds? Yes please!
Part 2: Please come up with one unique/random question (similar to Part 1 above) that will be asked of the next Brand Ambassador that gets interviewed.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Do you have what it takes to be a Brand Ambassador? Why not fill out an application here.
Our very own Official Trap City is hosting the Trap City Music Festival on Monday May 27th! The party starts at 11:00 AM PST // 2:00 PM EST // 8:00 PM UK (GMT+1). So if you’re looking for something to do on your much needed 3-day weekend, come stop by the event for some bass hitting trap music. Find out more information and RSVP here.
Puma just launched a fun new interactive campaign they are calling “Dance Dictionary,” where people can express themselves by piecing together a series of choreographed dance moves that represent words and ideas into full sentences. Its slogan: “Don’t say it, move it.”
They recruited some of the world’s top dancers, including Storyboard P, King Charles, PacMan, Ron Myles AKA Prime Tyme and Krumpers Big Mijo, Outrage and Worm, and LA choreographer Super Dave.
The campaign is backed by a music track called “First Time” from Dre Skull featuring Megan James and Popcaan.
The legendary rap group from Atlanta Goodie Mob are back together! The latest preview from their upcoming LP Age, Against The Machine features Janelle Monae is titled “Special Education.” The new single is full of energy and loud bass, the only time the song slows down is when Ms. Monae steps in with the powerful chorus ”I don’t wear the clothes you wear/ I’m just different and I don’t care/ It’s kind of sad and it’s a shame/ Everyone wants to be the same,” before asking “don’t you want to be special?.” This isn’t a club banger, but that’s what I love about Goodie Mob, they aren’t afraid to be different and speak on their opinions regarding the current state of Hip-Hop. Age, Against The Machine comes out August 27th so get excited!
This week is Comedy Week on YouTube, and you’ve just been Reg Rolled!!!
Note: The end of the video has some NSFW language.
Who’s gonna by the first host to fire up a dedicated comedy room on plug.dj that breaks into the Top 10 rooms list?? On your marks, get set…. LAUGH!
As YouTube celebrates it’s 8th birthday today here’s a look back at the very first video that was ever uploaded to the site on Saturday April 23rd, 2005 at 8:27pm. While it’s certainly not the most exciting video on a site that now has more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, there’s no doubt that it’s a very historic one. Here now is Jawed Karim, one of YouTube’s co-creators at the San Diego Zoo.
Happy Birthday YouTube!
Check out this demonstration of a real-time laser that tracks floating objects — in this case soap bubbles, which makes for a really cool effect.
The code is even available on Github. If any of our resident hax0rz fork the code for an online version for a plug.dj party room, holler at us!
For Heather music is everything. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Heather has always dreamed about getting into Juilliard and becoming a classical pianist. But all her dreams get shattered the day her mum dies, and her life suddenly falls into silence. Left with nothing but a piano and debts, Heather’s only option is to move in with her estranged father and half-brother. When her application for a scholarship is rejected, Heather’s last hope to see her Big Dream come true is swept away. Until one day she meets Toby, a hip and handsome music store owner who opens up a whole new world to her – the world of DJ-ing and dance music. Heather, who initially turns to DJing to raise some funds, is carried away by this enticing underground world, and her heart starts to beat again to the rhythm of a new life – and a new love. Heather eventually finds herself torn between two worlds of music and as her Juilliard audition approaches, time comes for her to choose. And for the first time in her life she starts questioning what it is that she really desires.
There’s an entire playlist of interviews with famous DJs on the movie’s YouTube promo page
I would like to introduce California’s best festival Lightning In A Bottle presented by the amazing company The Do LaB. LIB is always held in Southern California with this year’s location in Temecula from July 11th-15th (camping is required, but they do allow for one day pass on Sunday). The festival is different from Coachella, EDC & HARD because LIB focuses on art, community, and all things spiritual. I mean they even have an area designed for Yoga 24/7! Many people say it’s a mini Burning Man in the sense that there is so much more to it than music. You can spend the whole day attending workshops, listening to guest speakers, or just having a great conversation with a stranger. It’s such a welcoming and open environment that if you went by yourself it would not be a problem. The music is bass orientated, however, it is diverse. I remember last year watching an Orchestra play during the day so there is something for everyone. LIB provides free water, a kid friendly camping area, and more importantly good vibes. Furthermore, they encourage everyone to bring their own trash bags for a leave-no-trace event. The line-up this year includes; Rusko, Purity Ring, PANTyRAiD, Miguel Migs, and many many more! Check out the website!
Here’s what the press has had to say about the festival
Over the past eight years, The Do LaB has worked tirelessly to produce the most innovative festival on the international circuit, transcending any typical perception of the modern gathering. By fusing the energy of the bass music sound with the introspective qualities of installation art, performance art, spiritual living workshops, and an overriding sense of conscious sustainability, Lightning in a Bottle has risen to unparalleled heights.
In the words of one of the The Do LaB’s event creation visionaries, “Our goal with the music is to create a positive and uplifting experience, with a good balance of beautiful melodic music and good old party music. After 4 months of in depth research and a lot of listening we tried to cover as many genres as possible that we feel fit the vibe that we’re trying to create with Lightning in a Bottle.”- Jesse Flemming, Co-Founder/Curator, The Do LaB.
Much of Lightning in a Bottle’s intimate singularity is expressed through The Lucent Temple of Consciousness, an amazing sanctuary for all participants to enrich the soul and inspire the spirit. The 2013 schedule inside the Lucent Temple, built out of recycled and found objects, will include over 300 different experiences in yoga, workshops, speakers and exotic world music.