In the post yesterday we talked about what the Covid-Crisis meant for us rather personally and for people close to us. How against the odds we somehow managed to wrestle some positives from this time. If you didn’t read it, maybe you wanna do that now. – Today I’d like to talk about how I think we can keep going.
The positive effects I mentioned yesterday are a really good argument to keep going with Isolation Rave. I can perfectly see us doing club warmups in my (or in another) place before going out, or using this as a place to present new stuff. The fact that I was able to play hours of interesting music with little scene context gave us the possibility to explore new styles and sounds compatible with our audience. 2003 is finally over. Assuming we wanna keep going and make this more interesting, there are problems that we need to tackle. Let’s go:
Platforms can actually de-platform you.
European copyright reform looming, Twitch will either have to buy proper licenses for music content or get more aggressive with taking down streams like ours. Let’s face it: takedowns don’t happen during the stream because Twitch’s filter mechanisms don’t run until after the show.
Twitch’s business model of being quite unclear regarding their licensing stance (e.g. partnering with Serato and Anjunabeats while “cracking down” on DJ streams) carries the fingerprints of not wanting to resolve the issue while collecting the low hanging fruits.
Sadly that’s not great for musicians and copyright holders who contribute to twitch’s profits, while seeing nothing much in return. Twice as sad when you consider that those same musicians were hit particularly hard in the covid crisis, when their gigs disappeared. Now we could change the streaming platform and switch to mixcloud. Mixcloud runs proper licensing, so there are no takedowns and at least due royalties are paid. However they are not quite there yet: their chat sucks, community features do not exist. Check it out anyway, since we can legally leave out sets online there, I upped two of them, so you can re-listen.
So yeah, here is the morally better and more sustainable solution for streaming. But what about the rest? We need proper chat and stuff. So we thought about that, looked into options to then ask the obvious question:
Could Discord be the answer? Yes! No reason for Discord to kick us out. It’s not that nonlinear facebook crap where every conversation is ripped to pieces by a “relevance” algorithm and it’s available outside of streaming hours. That could make a platform to figure out what else to do and where and how. Like that idea of doing a Covid Recovery Meetup on Canary Islands in Winter. (Yeah, we’re serious)
But do we really want to run an Isolation Rave discord server? No! Running a server so it’s fun to use is actual work. Also splitting up a small community onto more and more different platforms and subcontainers on those platforms is not a bright idea either. We want to grow, not divide and conquer. We already have this very good Discord Server over at Faderhead and it is developing nicely. X and me and many of our friends hang out there already and perhaps it can do even more for us than just discussing the free delivery of Swedish models and cocaine! (if only) Luckily Sami is not so selfish and he said: “once you enter my house it then becomes OUR house and OUR house music!”
Well he didn’t say that, but that’s a detail. OK he actually said that.
So what we did is, we integrated an Isolation Bunker. Looked like this:
Perhaps you think this is a dumb idea. If you do, we must really talk about that, so please join here.
This way we can change the streaming platform whenever we need to, (or want to) and can feel slightly more free! So here is the very simple easy to follow 5 steps plan:
- Let’s check how happy we are hanging out on Discord from today. If you like it: tell everyone.
- Beginning next week we will multi stream to Twitch AND to Mixcloud.
- We will discuss the results and the benefits and disadvantages of tea and vegan food thereafter.
- If stuff goes well it might be time for:
the uncool to rise again.
Hopefully we can use this to bring up more The Global Uprising of the Uncool again. I imagine having a platform to collect voices and questions in a more conversational way will give more input for a cool interview show where we can shine more light into less or differently exposed parts of our community. Isn’t that worth a try?
Whatever you think:
Tonight we of course see again on Twitch.tv for ISOLATION RAVE 18. X is in Antwerp again and has to work today, however I’ll do my very best alone. Starting at 2000CEST/7pm Island time, will be going till about midnight I think.
q2rg and the witch.