WEDJ lets bars and clubs create in-person social playlists in genuine time


WEDJ (that’s “We DJ,” not “Wedge,” for the record) is a collaborative music-playlist-building app that sprung out of this weekend’s all-night Hackathon at Disrupt NY. Built by a group of 4 part-time hackers, the app is something of a real-world chronicle of the dearly over Turntable.FM (itself a virtual chronicle of a real-world experience, so stability the good record ouroboros) designed for use in bars, clubs, offices and other social experiences.

Using geolocation, the app allows users within a certain radius (determined by the venue) to participate. Users can also find participating locations by a Google Map. Once connected, they hunt for songs pulled from YouTube and SoundCloud and supplement them to the playlist. Other users can up- or down-vote the selection, yet final curation eventually falls on the admin/owner of the venue, to help weed out controversial selections.

The selections feed into a singular playlist, with sequence dynamic by votes. “It really gives the throng the ability to be concerned in the whole DJing process,” says Travis DeSilva, one of 3 of the group members who work together at a oppulance trade wholesaler during the day. The complement is identical to what you’ll find on an internet jukebox, yet it helps democratize the routine a bit by offsetting strain choice onto mobile devices.

Of course, doing so means that bar congregation aren’t pumping income directly into jukeboxes, so the team’s looking into ways to monetize the routine at it continues growth over this weekend’s hackathon. One of the intensity income streams is again identical to connected jukeboxes, vouchsafing users compensate an additional price to lift their choice up to the top of the queue. The app’s developers also wish to strike deals with venues to lift in some income from bar acknowledgment fees.

The group acknowledges that, as it attempts to make the next step from hackathon plan to real-world product, there will be a series of issues to contend with, like royalty issues, which will likely meant YouTube and SoundCloud likely won’t cut it as music sources. But it’s positively easy to see how such a social music charity could infer renouned with bars, clubs and offices that are already relying on smartphones to do the complicated lifting for their playlist needs.

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