So I’ve been putting off joining new music sites for a while now. For so long, Last.fm was all I needed… or so I thought.
This morning, I looked into both Spotify and Turntable.fm after hearing both names thrown around by a number of people. Upon seeing that Spotify wanted access to my Facebook account (including my password), I decided to opt for Turntable.fm instead. Holy crap. It’s like a video game for music geeks.
The concept is simple. You can select a DJ name, enter a few lines in your profile, and then jump into a themed room. My first pick? “Shoegaze, dream pop, and more.” Once you’re in a room, you can just sit back and listen as strangers choose songs, or if there’s a spot open, you can become a DJ yourself. With each song played, you have a chance to either approve or disapprove (and by turn the song is deemed either awesome or lame).
Though I did college radio for four years, I was surprised just how nervous I got behind the DJ booth. Rachel, calm down. These people don’t know you, and you don’t even have to talk! I told myself. But back in my radio days, there was no instant feedback – no way of knowing if people loved or hated your choice. I know the lame-awesome meter is supposed to go along with the song, but I couldn’t help but think it applied to me as well. But once those heads start bobbing (which happens whenever someone likes a song), it somehow feels like an accomplishment, and that feeling is addictive.
20 DJ points and counting…