This is totally Sunday the 21st. This isn’t Monday the 22nd and you can’t prove that!
Okay, it maybe is and I apologize for the lateness. I was deep asleep for some reason for twelve hours after the interview with BtV that it threw me into a wild dream of exploration where a prehistoric otter tried to maul me.
But! It’s alright because I love you guys so much. I’m also being slow on getting out the Vicious Valentine’s Individual post cards because of offline / in real life affairs but I will!
It’s been a busy week but also a content one for in-game in The Secret World. So be on the look out for the Secret Podcast’s newest Episode 45 – to which I was finally able to wake up for!
Other than that, in the column this week I will go over a few things: (a) Beyond the Veil Podcast Episode 175, (b) Interview with Happy Tentacle Radio, (c) Community Highlights: Tipsutin & LordofNothing! and (d) The Secret Buzz Issue #3!
We had a few technical difficulties in the start, but with the lovely Gryph we were able to manage to do the podcast on her stream. A big thanks to Twitch with being able to host different streams, that really saved us!
This week in the Beyond the Veil was a simple lovely recap on how our Valentine’s went as well as an attempted in-depth with Shambala again on techniques.
Due to a nice and slow week in TSW this episode was a relaxed and casual one – but it’s my pleasure to request you guys listen to Episode 176 as it holds the personal interview with Andy Benditt!
Next up! This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the members of the Happy Tentacle Radio! This interview is a part of a series of upcoming interviews from the eventful members of the community!
As a result, this is an out-of-character interview of DJ Grimstar, Manager Medrina and owner of the HTR, Chemic.
Welcome back to the world of DJing. When did you guys make a re-appearance and what were the challenges you faced doing so?
On the matter of re-appearances….
“HTR resurfaced in November officially, after DJ Drina & DJ Chemic had a talk about bringing it back.”
On the matter of challenges….
“Scheduling! Not trying to overlap shows, but knowing sometimes it’s inevitable. The public being a little unreceptive to the idea of ANOTHER station when we first came back. Confusion over where to listen to us. (People would occasionally be tuned into the other stations by mistake)
But I think we’ve managed pretty well with all of this. And the community overall has been supportive, as has RFG and GSP. We’re navigating pretty well now I think, but we’re probably always going to be the little guy.
I love the diversity all the stations and DJs bring. We’re all doing things a bit differently. Each dj and each show.” – DJ Drina
And to add from the lovely Chemic!
“HTR radio is all about providing a platform that´s different to what the other stations provide. We’re not saying our station is better, but it’s definitely different – not so many rules. And we believe that variety is a good. I know it rubs some people the wrong way that some of our shows inevitably overlap other shows. We actually try our hardest to avoid that, but the calendar is so booked with shows from other stations, that it’s a matter of whether we are going to broadcast at all. Add to that, shows that are plotted in as a weekly thing, often get cancelled with no notice.” – DJ Chemic
Will you guys be open to new DJs in the future?
“We are definitely open to new DJs and we have a couple potentials in the works now. We will also be doing new episodes of REDACTED! with Darius and Jules again soon.” – DJ Drina
“As for whether we are open to new DJ’s. Yea we are definitely. Anyone who’s got something they are burning to get out there. Passion is what drives us. Some of us DJ professionally, and we do this – obviously – without making any money. So, it’s the opportunity to make some really special and unique shows that drive us. Not, say, having to worry about necessarily keeping a dance floor going (though some of us are quite happy to do that).
So if someone comes to us with a spark inside them and with a good idea, we will be happy to help them broadcast with us. As and aside, we are not interested in DJ’s who has some sort of agenda towards any of the other stations. We don’t see ourselves as competition – we are bridge builders and, frankly, are paying too much attention on how to make our own shows better than what the other stations are doing.” – DJ Chemic
The Secret Podcast absolutely loves that HTR is hosting events and contests, will there be more in a future?
“There will most definitely be new events and contests and such. We will also be doing some interesting events that won’t involve dance shows, but should be a lot of fun to the community. Still working out the kinks on these.” – DJ Drina
As a DJ or even managing HTR, how hard is it to host through Mixlr? Is it friendly to work with more than other DJ platforms?
“I know about 100 artists offline on Facebook who I converse with regularly
Those people I play actually appreciate what I do because they are indie, this is how I give back to the scene. My soundcloud is very successful and has been viewed in over 300 cities worldwide, this is good for the station
and the scene. I have no issue pulling peeps in from outside the game and I make Grim just basically me on that respect.” – DJ Grimstar
“For me personally, I’m extremely interactive with my audience. And I know in the past, having a feed delay made it a little harder. I looked at a couple other options and they had the same issue. Mixlr’s delay is less than 5 seconds, which is great for me since I ask the audience questions during talk breaks.
Mixlr is easy to use, although we may eventually upgrade to a bigger service. But yeah, super simple and user friendly. And the listeners like being able to chat with the DJs during the show, too. That way when they aren’t in game they can still talk with us on mixlr chat.
Mixlr also allows us to save and upload our shows so that they can be listened to any time. It’s a nice little feature. And it has a calendar to keep track of shows (which I personally need to get better about using 😉 )” – DJ Drina
As you viewers can see, this station is back in action and busy to boot! I’ve seen them push out weekly shows and sometime’s bi-weekly shows when it comes to special events! I am happy to see the three stations interacting well as well – it really helps to support our little community when we’re all out here to have fun!
They are using a platform way different from others which can inspire even the most low-tech of our users to even try to take a chance at DJing. So if you have a knack at music and have a love to entertain – why not step up and try your hand at Happy Tentacle Radio?
I thank again, Grimstar, Drina & Chemic for their time of this interview and hope that they enjoyed our time together! If you want more information or would even like to interact – you can find them here: Happy Tentacle Radio Twitter.
Also, I wanted to highlight on two very special people currently in our community: Tipsutin and LordofNothing.
Upcoming in events, our Tipsutin is hosting a twelve hour livestream to focus on supporting endometriosis on March 19th, 2016. It is their hope that they educate our community on why it is such a disastrous illness.
Their goal is to raise $1,000 to raise awareness and give to the Endometriosis Association.
On our last note, I would like to highlight our pillar community member LordofNothing – to which we all know and love as Asmod.
He has been here longer than most to which I can remember even being here for a couple years. He also has been running small contests for a long time that may not come to light so much as it should.
It should be recognized that he runs Drink & Song contests weekly to bi-weekly and gives out prizes as a result – to which they’re being oomphed up as of now!
I love that he does those awesome contests and events – which take only a few minutes to enter and participate – and it’s my hope he’ll keep doing them to stimulate our lovely eventful community.
If interested, you can check out his contests here at the Saints & Sinners Events Information Thread, or at his twitters – Asmod’s Twitter & Saints & Sinner’s Twitter as well as his tumblr that hosts all the previous competitions.
That’s it for now! Stay tuned for Next Sunday’s Column. If you have any updates you would like to give The Secret Podcast or myself, please send me a message at GinSynrio@Gmail.com or over twitter at @Djinngi.