Last night Knife Party was in #AnonFM and they had 1528 simultaneous listeners, breaking the site-wide record for the most users in a single room at a time. The previous record was 1343 users, and was also set by Knife Party in #AnonFM! The image above (provided by #AnonFM) shows how those events stack up against a typical “big” event which tends to cap out at around 700.
The Knife Party show was completely unexpected and the turntable team snapped into action to make sure everything was set up for the event in minutes. The ensuing show was massive. Just as our traffic normally trails off for the night, we had a huge bump:
It was a fun night!
If you want to do an event on turntable, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help get you set up right!
On Friday we added the playlist feature to turntable.fm and we’re already starting to see some interesting data about how people organize their music. Here’s the top 50 most common playlist names, in order:
Any surprises? I wouldn’t expect to see “disney” and “troll” so high on the list above “punk”! We also merged “90’s” and “90s” into one category. In case you’re wondering, “90s” is twice as popular as “90’s” and “80s” is only 50% more popular than “80’s”!
This data is only 4 days old, but it’s still pretty interesting! Would you guys like to see more posts like this in the future?
Last night we had one of our biggest events in turntable history when the Australian house/dubstep duo Knife Party played a spontaneous show in #AnonFM. We had over 1,300 simultaneous users in the same room, almost double our previous record set by Passion Pit. It was crazy!
This was also coming off the heels of IceFest, an all-day music festival where 30 artists played new and unreleased songs for over 1,000 users over a 12 hour period.
Both of these events have one interesting feature in common - they weren’t organized by us. IceFest was a massive effort organized by Project AFM over the course of several months. And the Knife Party event was the result of a single text message from a user who happened to be friends with the band.
During most of 2012, our artist relations guy Jordan had been booking a few artist events a week, culminating in an epic 3-week-long Winter Festival. Our biggest takeaway from the Winter Festival was that artists visiting the site like to be a part of something bigger than themselves. And we decided that, going forward, we should try to integrate artist events with the larger turntable community.
So in 2013, we’ve made a conscious effort to mix artist events with user events, giving both equal weight and promotion. We’ve even been working with managers and labels to book artist events set in user-created rooms. For example, on Friday, the dubstep magicians Stephan Jacobs & NiT GriT will be playing a show in one of the site’s most popular rooms, DJ Wooooo’s.
We’ve also established a great flow of communication with our users. News of the spontaneous Knife Party event trickled upwards to the turntable staff within minutes, giving us ample time to promote the event to the greater turntable community and ensure that everything goes smoothly on the artist’s end as well.
We’re only a few weeks into 2013 but it’s already shaping up to be an awesome year for the turntable community. Virtual concerts are still a pretty new space and we’re always looking for new ideas from our users as to how we can help artists and fans engage with one another. If you have any ideas for cool events that you’d like to do on turntable, hit us up at email@example.com!
- Brad O’Farrell, Community Manager
Our Friday DJ battles just got a little more awesome! Sol Republic has generously given us some first-class headphones to award as prizes! Which means this week you’ll be competing for more than just stickers and pins! We actually have multiple prizes this week for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, check it out:
The battle theme is EDM. Spin your best EDM tracks to get the most awesomes and bump your opponent off the table! The contest starts NOW (2pm EDT) and it officially ends at 6pm EDT (whoever has 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 6pm EDT will get the prizes.) Good luck everyone!
The theme is Mashups vs The 90s, and people are playing some sick jams that will kick you right in the nostalgia. The person with the longest winning streak by 9pm EDT will win avatar stickers and pins! Come hang out!
3LAU is spinning original tracks right now to promote his new 3LAU Your Mind tour! The room is pretty packed and the music is rad, come hang out with us!