BA Spotlight: Igor

Congratulations to Igor for earning the BA Spotlight for May! He’s mainly known as the guy who wears dresses (don’t ask), but you’ll also find him assisting other BAs with his Portuguese superpowers and helping users around the site. If you find him online, give him a virtual high five and thank him for all he does!

Click here to read in PortugueseClique aqui para ler em português

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Igor on weekdays vs. Igor on weekends

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

First things first, hey everyone! My username on plug.dj is Igor, but I promise not to get mad if you accidentally call me Ingot, Igot or even Iggy. You can usually find me at Tastycat and visiting some random rooms sometimes. I also like to check some Brazilian rooms from time to time.

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

I’m a big fan of most EDM styles, but I’m also into rock, pop, and others. Right now I’m really looking forward an interesting indie-electro trio from London: Winters Island. You should check them out!

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

I’m from Brazil, Rio specifically, but I’m not so hue (usually). When I’m not on plug.dj I’m probably coding some stuff or hanging out with friends. And well, I go to school too, but I wouldn’t count that as ‘fun’.

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

Currently I’m in school still, 2 more years to go! Yes, I’m 15 years old still. (Don’t tell them I’m below the minimum age to be a BA, shhh.)

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

I hope to get some personal projects done within next year, and also start learning German.

6. What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador? 

Having the opportunity to help and get to know people from all kinds of cultures while discovering new music is just wonderful. I’m also pretty sure knowing you were able to help someone is one of the best feelings one can have. Being able to help the site as a whole, translating it, giving ideas/feedback/suggestions, etc. is very rewarding as well.

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

Probably one of the most important things I do for plug.dj is helping on its translation to Brazilian Portuguese (with Nantes). I also try to answer as many questions as I can and help suggesting and testing new features.

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

I love plug.dj for giving me the opportunity to help people and to contribute to the site as a whole and at the same time providing such a good experience as listening and discovering new music while meeting new people and being in touch with different cultures, styles, etc.

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

As most BAs answered in previous Spotlights, I think the one question we all get the most is “Why is your name green?”, “What is a Brand Ambassador”, etc. I usually explain them the basics and then redirect them to plug.dj/ba.

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

First of all, I’d like to thank the admins for building such an awesome community and the entire Brand Ambassadors team for making it an even better experience. I’d also like to share an huge shoutout to the Tastycat staff and all the other users who have been close to me.

Poll: Will You Watch This Movie?

We Are Your Friends is an upcoming movie starring Zac Efron who plays a struggling EDM DJ in Los Angeles. Check out the trailer, and then vote Woot or Meh below.


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Artists of plug.dj #1 – NoxInBox

BA HiBiscuits conducted this interview with one of plug.dj’s own producers, NoxInBox. Check out his music, and look out for future interviews featuring the talented musicians of plug.dj!

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Interview with NoxInBox

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is John and currently I make music under the alias NoxInBox. I’m from Minnesota, USA , run a record label with friends (http://futurevibes.net – shameless plug), enjoy longboarding and skateboarding, and long walks on the beach.

What kind of music do you produce?

I make music that I like! Currently, that’s future stuff and progressive, melodic house. Apparently other people like that kind of music too, so it works out well for me.

What inspired you to create music? Who are your biggest influences?

I’ve been making music for as long as I can remember. I’ve been playing piano for close to 8 years now as well as any other instrument I could pick up along the way (Guitar, Ukulele, Drums, Slide Whistle).

What brought you to plug.dj?

I originally found plug.dj through Tasty because Tasty is amazing and hung out in Tastycat for quite a while testing the waters of plug.dj. After that I ended up hanging around the r-edmprod room and somehow made my way to the Radiant community. You have the best chances finding me in Radiant nowadays, unless I’m trying to get work done then I’ll be in Sheepy’s room.

If you were to pick one track of yours for all of plug.dj to hear, which track would it be?

Hard choice! I would have to say my track “Love”.
Love was made with me sitting at a piano with my Gameboy at my side, connected to my laptop. I recorded a bunch of sounds for the song and I’m very proud and happy about how it ended up sounding.

What are you currently working on and how did those ideas come about?

Currently working on a bumping EP for summer. The kind of thing you’d play when you go to the beach or on road trips and stuff. You know, for summer things. All the ideas for this EP came the same way as all other songs of mine do. I sit at my piano and work out a chord structure and leadline then go into my DAW and transfer everything into it!

Tell me a little bit about your collaborations with other artists – how did you connect with them?

My collab with Noxive (http://soundcloud.com/noxive) came about because we are both Resident DJ’s in the Radiant room. We thought it would be fun to make a song together because our names are so similar. The song ended up turning into a minimalistic future track and we are definitely working together in the near future – in fact, we’re working on another track right now.

How do you see yourself in 5 years? Where do you think your music will take you?

In 5 years I see myself doing shows (hopefully) and still making music! College will also probably be in there somewhere. I hope my music takes me around the world to see my internet friends and be able to see everything in the world that I want to!

What advice do you have for producers on plug.dj?

Knowing when to act professionally and how to keep up a good internet profile with fan interaction is the second best thing you can have after good music! Also, always try different things when making songs, whether it be moving where you are working or recording funny samples to start a song off with. If you aren’t happy and enjoying making music, that will show in what you put out.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Check out my mixtape/hi mom/I can see my house from here.

Have you ever heard the Octobass?

all about that octobass

Probably not. There are only 2 of them in the world (plus two replicas) and at a frequency of just 16Hz some of the tones are below that of which humans can actually hear!

There is just no end to the variety of music videos you can discover on plug.dj!!

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Where Does The Money Go?

We get asked all the time what it takes to run plug.dj. In addition to our dedicated team, our drive to provide the best service out there, and our passionate fans that believe in our vision, it takes money. It’s expensive to keep our unique music sharing experience uninterrupted around the clock. We put everything we have into making plug as good as it can be, and we couldn’t do it without the support of people like you – especially on the financial side.

On that note, it’s easy from a community perspective to forget that we’re a small team. A very small team. With transparency in mind, we want to show our subscribers where their money goes and how it keeps our dream alive: for plug.dj to be the go-to place for discovering new music with people around the world.

Employees: The plug.dj staff works everyday to keep the site functioning, from development and operations, to community support and art. We put together a world-class team that loves what they do, which we hope translates to the product that we’ve built.
Tech: While we’re frugal where we can be, we try to invest in the best software licenses and platforms to grow with the business so we can keep things running smoothly.
DevOps: Because of our small team size, we outsource our DevOps’ team so we’re covered with 24/7 infrastructure support. plug.dj is based on a real-time experience with a worldwide audience, so our priority is to make sure the website is always running without skipping a beat.
Server Hosting: A good chunk of change goes toward our server structure, which hosts the site and all of its cool features. Like many companies, we are hosted on Amazon Web Services, and there are monthly fees for the application, socket, database and bandwidth.
• Office: To ensure a positive community, we believe it’s essential for us to work together under one roof to build an awesome culture and maximize our efficiency.

The support of the community is crucial for plug to continue to push forward, grow and develop the features that our users want to see. We truly appreciate every single person that visits our site, and we hope this sheds a little light where money from our subscribers and supporters goes.