Well, I’ve hit a real milestone here. 100000 plays of my material on Soundcloud. I’ve been on there from the start and have seen this site grow into probably the most influential music site in the world. I’ve been approaching this figure for a while and thought it apt to do a little celebration post. Years ago, when I did lot of live sets in some big clubs and indeed smaller venues, I never usually played to more than 1000 people in the same room. The internet revolution has changed the music industry. I am totally amazed that it has give me the chance to showcase my material to such a vast number of worldwide listeners. FOr sure, I’m not at the top of the pile for number of listeners – bigger DJs get 100000 plays on an individual track over the course of a week – but for little ole me – 100000 is a nice figure. In addition to my personal page, I run several group son Soundcloud, the most notable ones being the Shuffle DJ Mixes group (22700 DJ Mixes) and also the Wales Soundcloud which showcases all forms of music across my adopted homeland. I’ve met lots of people through Soundcloud and it gives me great encouragement as an artist to be able to get feedback from fans and listeners. I’ve noticed some changes in Soundcloud as it’s grown. There is currently a bit of a trend against DJs on there and they are turning in their droves to other services such as Mixcloud. But Soundcloud is where the listeners tend to be (On my Mixcloud I only have 1000 plays and am keen to build up an audience there as well. http://mixcloud.com/wezg ). Across my own website I use Soundcloud embeds to play the music. It is a truly versatile service and I hope it continues to grow so that my audience can continue expanding. Total global domination is a real possibility! Let’s see how soon I can get to a million listeners! Please help out and keep spreading the love! http://soundcloud.com/wezg
Lost in the sky, traversing the globe, a record box in the baggage hold high above you; an air steward whinges about the weight of your records and forces you to shift your hand luggage to a safer place. While you’re getting a ticking off from some jumped up trolley dolly the moved weight of a damn heavy UDG bag tilts the plane and the pilot comes running down the aisle and gives the jumped up service shark a good telling off, as by shifting the DJ’s luggage, he has tilted the plane off course…. All we can hope for now is an emergency landing patch to develop…. deep in the desert the pilot spots a Remote Desert Runway and all are safe and sound as the plane touches down back onto Mother Earth. (Gaia) :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Bent – Comin Back (Serge Santiago Dub) [Open] 2. Wave Crushers – Gettin’ Funky (Deepwerk’s Spoken Word Edit) [Aux Audio] 3. Bonobo – Eyesdown (Sasha Remix) [Last Night On Earth] 4. Inner City, Kevin Saunderson – Big Fun (Zoo Brazil Remix) [KMS Records] 5. Feu d’Or – Chasin Joe (Jody Wisternoff Remix) [Compiled & Mixed] 6. Dirt Crew, Miky Talarico – Use Your Room (Original Mix) [Takos Records] 7. Andre Crom – Hanging On (Original Mix) [Teenage Mutants Off Recordings] 8. DJ Kira, Syberia – Karin (Maurizio Patti Remix) [Big Mama’s House Records] 9. Elekfantz – Diggin’ On You (Original Mix) [D.O.C.] 10. LouLou Players, Kolombo – Touch Ur Body (Original Mix) [Bunny Tiger] 11. Nora En Pure – Come With Me (Original Mix) [Enormous Tunes] 12. Sharam Jey, Night Talk – Gonna Get You (Original Mix) [Bunny Tiger] 13. Stefano Amalfi, Robbie Groove – Dirty (Original Mix) [Sound Division] 14. Mark Lower – The Way That I Feel (Original Mix) [Nurvous Records] 15. Keep Shelly In Athens – Our Own Dream (Sasha Remix) [Last Night On Earth]
I came across this site in a social media blog post the other day. It sounds a bit wacky and farfetched, the social media stockmarket… But having just started up #BinaryOptions trading at KrakatoaTrade , I’m well keen on stock exchanges at the moment. As a complete social media junkie, this Empire Avenue site seemed perfect. I signed up straight away. The basic account is free. It links up many of your social networks to give you a score and keep track on your activity there. The currency of Empire Avenue is eaves. It is a pretend currency and has no retail value so you won’t be becoming a millionaire overnight. You get a mass of eaves to kick you off and with this cash you can buy stock in other users. Everyone’s stock price is different. At first, I didn’t think much of the stock market system. The site is to help you get on with social media, just as much as it is about trading. However, as soon as I got my first few investors I got hooked. When someone purchases shares in you, a lump sum of eaves is deposited into your account. Your share value increases, and more often than not, the investor leaves a shoutout for you on your profile. I started using my extra eaves to invest back a little in others. It’s great builiding up a portfolio of people you’ve invested in. Every day you get a dividend on your investments so it’s all worthwhile. What else do Eaves do? You can assign missions for others to help you out on the social networks. Retweeting maybe, liking a facebook post, reading your blog, sharing something, whatever. You create the mission and pay people in eaves for completing it. By doing missions yourself, you also gain extra eaves. Also, there is a community section which is really decent. I quickly signed up to the DJ group and started posting all my usual DJ mix websites and links in there. There are communities for lots of special interests. I couldn’t find a Soundcloud or Mixcloud community so I set them both up myself. These will hopefully draw in more people into the Wez G listenership. After a couple of days on the site, I’m ranking in the top 10 of site newbies. I have over 200 investors and a portfolio of over 160 different people. The good…
I spent a hectic three days at the end of last week rebuilding my main website. The old one looked rather dated and was a bit of a nightmare to update. It didn’t perform particularly well SEO wise and was clunky and slow to load. I decided to abandon the use of html and css and transfer the new site to a streamlined wordpress format. I used what data I could from the old site and tried to emphasise my music in the new one, with it heavily drawing from my rather active Soundcloud account. In the new site, photos and videos are available, there is a portfolio section, lots of music, categorised by type (DJ Sets, production, remixes) and genre (house, chillout, drum & bass). I encourage website viewers to participate with me on the social networks, with lots of twitter and facebook boxes and share buttons and also links to the many social networks available. The blog section has allowed me to combine my previous wordpress news blog with my old google blogger one and I might even drag in all the tumblr posts I’ve done too. I plan to post new blogs primarily directly in the site so my other blogs (including this one) are likely to become a bit neglected. Fans of the new website can sign up for updates via email. All in all, I’m satisfied with the work and the new site is looking rather sparkly. I hope you take the time to check it out http://djwezg.com
Yesterday we tweeted about wanting some input from people with appropriate track for the #EoTVibe offshoot to End Of Terror. #EoTVibe aims to empower our movement with positivity. Using something creative and expressive that shows our freedom as people, fighting such evil and tyranny. Joe Nebula, a long-established producer and DJ from Nottingham, well-known for his drum & bass and breaks, sent us in this track which he hopes will be appreciated by the End Of Terror audience. Take Some More – Joe Nebula by Joe Nebula The chillout track is very calm and perfect to relax the mind. The song title ‘Take Some More’ could very well be just what the nurse says when the med trolley is wheeled out last thing at night or the order from the psychiatrist at the care meeting. They do like to push the boundaries on medication – just see how much people can actually take as I’m sure many patients will testify. But that’s all by the by and speculation on my part. The track itself, which you’ll discover when you listen, is about love, and if we cannot share love in this world, between fellow human beings, what can we do? Have a listen and special thanks to Joe for being the first person to input some music to #EoTVibe. His Back2You remix projects are well worth a mention and we hope to see them return at some stage in the future. There is more info on Joe and Nebula2 at the official website http://www.nebula2.com/ RESPECT! What we’ve decided to do for #EoTVibe, is ask around guest musicians and DJs, to get them to supply us with a top10 chart of their favourite End Of Terror Mental Health tunes. All varieties of music accepted. I know there’s a bit of a lean so far in the #EoTVibe posts towards dance music but that is my own personal preference. Music embodies all cultures and transcends all boundaries. The tapestry is rich and we welcome the widest variety of music ideas to help the #EoTVibe expand. Any Top 10 submissions for the #EoTVibe chart please E-Mail us at EoTVibe@endofterror.org Hopefully include a short paragraph about the chart if you can – why it might be relevant to the End OF Terror. Every little helps.
Last.fm I’m going to have a whinge here about the general lack of support the dance music industry seems to give this amazing site… Last.fm has been around for quite a few years… It is the most amazing site for people who listen to music and also for artists. We’ve witnessed the rise of Spotify, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Podomatic, Mixcloud, Play.fm and many other music sites in recent years. Last.fm has been ticking along all the time while this has been going on. It is the most amazing site for discovering new music. It has an excellent tagging system and when you download the scrobbler which supports a lot of players, you can keep a record of your own listening history. It keeps stats and wiki info on artists that you simply won’t get anywhere else. It is fully interactive with a social network dimension where you meet genuine friends based on music tastes. There is a journal system and groups. It is an amazing site for artists which, even if you don’t scrobble particularly well – with decent journals and links you will ping around search engines across the world. As a music listener and artist’s resource it is second to none. It is mainly free though you can subscribe to some additional features for a nominal monthly sum. It is also app friendly with its own radio app. The radio feature is the highlight and I’ll leave that to non-users as a surprise – but this is where you discover the site’s database’s true power and make new music discoveries. I fully endorse last.fm and I just cannot comprehend why more people don’t use it. (The above link is to my user account which you get yourself on signup )