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Kicking up the bass with Mysti Jynx

How did you get your start?

I got my start in the electronic scene about four years ago. I started out as a go-go dancer dancing for Havoc. I had the opportunity to do shows with Havoc for Darude at Club One Fifteen. I was asked to be their Promotions Manager of Oklahoma City by Jef Diamond. And that’s about when things took off for me. My first show was to manage Mystic Sanctuary. I went from being a dancer to managing dancers and doing stage management. So, things moved fairly quickly and within about four months, I found myself working with the guys behind Robotic Wednesday’s and also traveling with Jef for Havoc. Around that time, I decided to quit my day job as a social media director for a car dealership. So, from that moment on I decided to do promotions work full time. I became the Brand Coordinator for Havoc, and we worked in four different cities Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. I also did weekly marketing for Robotic alongside campaigning for their larger shows as well.

After I had been traveling for a while, Jef and I met to chat about a few dilemmas that we were having. One of them involved me substituting for DJ’s that fell sick, from things such as food poisoning, which did occur. Most of the venues that we were going into didn’t have resident DJ’s; also Havoc wanted a female face to DJ, so I was well equipped to fill those roles.

So, to round that story out, I was sent home with the CDJ’s and was told the best way to learn was to start practicing. I just dove in head first. Of course, I had their aide, and I also had great mentors for that. After awhile I began to pick up DJing and became a face for Robotic, all the while I feel in love with the idea of being able to escape the daily rigors of being an event promoter. When you are bombarded with all of the tasks of an event promoter, sometimes you don’t get that opportunity to escape. The silver lining there is that with all of the craziness going on, I’d have an hour where I could just go and play, yes there is a crowd there, but I’d have the opportunity to play for myself and have fun again. It would help me to keep abreast of why I was doing what I was doing. Now it’s a running joke when people ask me how I got started. I don’t have a musical background. I learned to count to 8 because I was a dancer. It aides in that department a lot.

Photo Credits: Ti Nguyen

At what point did you decide that dancing would take a backseat and DJing would become your main focus?

It happened around the time I got promoted to Promotions Manager. It’s pretty funny, and there were things that Jef would tell me about outfits “It’s so small don’t worry about it.” I used to be totally concerned about looking perfect. Once Mystic started and I started managing, it kind of hurt me because Mystic was such a big event. I wanted to be up there dancing, but then I realized that there is so much more that I must do in this bigger role. And in that role, I could be of better use to the events and promotion side of things.

Then I found DJing, and it became a better outlet for me. It wasn’t necessarily my core focus, but it did provide me with more opportunities than just being a dancer. Not that one is better than the other, but becoming a DJ allowed me to be more professional and present myself as such. Obviously, as a female in this industry, it is hard to get 100% respect if I’m in booty shorts and fluffies opposed to setting up equipment at shows and playing on them. I feel that it’s a little easier to get people to listen to me. That’s probably one of the biggest determining factors in why I pursued a DJ career.

As a DJ what can we expect to hear from you?

I love hip hop music. So, trap is always going to be what I go to. As far as my playlist, it is all over the place. Since I favor hip hop, I’m always going to go back to roots there. RL Grime is by far one of my favorite artists. Other than that, I love Future Bass, and I love being able to chill out to that. Anything bass music, whether it’s future bass, bass house, trap, give me any of those, and I’ll love it. I typically find new music by going to SoundCloud and researching what my favorite artists are liking. It allows me to dig into different music that I may not have heard of if it weren’t for them showing it some love. I don’t think anything is more rewarding than when I play a track that anyone hasn’t heard and they fall in love with it as much as I do.

Do you feel as though it’s a fair market for female DJs locally?

I think yes and no. I think that there is a slight advantage in as far as being a face. As a girl DJ, I also feel that people put too much focus on that. I’ve said this before, “I never want to be the girl that gets by only on her looks”. I feel like I have more to provide than that and I will always stick to that. I feel as though that’s what I struggled with for a while, and that people looked at me as just a girl DJ without skill. I believe that I had a lot more to prove. For the first year or so I struggled with that notion, for instance, I felt as though if I went out and had a bad set, I would never live it down. I would stress myself out. I would be very particular about my playlist, and I would make sure my entire set flowed together. I would go and practice over and over. Now, fast forward to current affairs, I feel as though I earned the respect of my peers and fans of my music. I’ll never forget it when I was booked for Life In Color, one of my friends messaged me and said, “Well I guess they need a girl for the line-up”. I fired back, “Really, dude?! No, I created a press kit and was professional and submitted it just like you could have. It has nothing to do with me being a female. I was a professional, and that’s what you have to do if you want to get booked for these shows.” I feel as though I needed to convey that. I believe that I’ve come to a place that’s a lot better, but I felt it, in the beginning. I felt a lot of pressure in never being able to mess up because if I did my legitimacy would fall through.

Photo Credits: Ti Nguyen

It seems as though you’ve made some large strides. You currently have an event that marries your love for gaming with your passion for music. How did LVL Up come about?

Well, it’s something that I wanted to do for a long time. It’s funny because I got out to these events and a lot of people that I talk to or would get close to were all pretty introverted. I would notice that we would all leave these shows and hop on parties online and play games. Whenever I started realizing how many people that liked electronic music plus gaming, I thought to myself, why isn’t this together? I’ll sit at home and play video games anyways, why not do them at the same time. I felt as though an event like that could be something. I got asked by GameStop to be their DJ for late nights. I think that is really what drove me to the conclusion that having an event that married the two would be a great idea. Also, I think at some events mainstream music is favored but what I noticed is that at GameStop I could play whatever I wanted and people got into it. So, I wanted to host an event for people with similar interest to hang out. Ultimately, I wanted to create something that would bring those people together.

So, what goes into hosting an event of this nature?

Okay, a lot goes into it. We have a team of about four people plus our residents. We have someone that hosts our card tournament, a video game host, and then there’s Jesse Strange and I. I handle the promotion, Connie runs our table top gaming, Johnny from Click Gaming does our video gaming, which has been hosting tournaments for about 20 years. I met him through GameStop. He is also a professional Halo player. Therefore, he was definitely on my radar to co-host this event. It’s a cool all-star team that got together. And I like Anime, so I added that in.

So basically, what goes into it first is a month worth of promotions. We try to find to fairly active DJ’s to be our guest in the main room we host the games, we’ve done Super Smash Brothers, Mortal Kombat, and Rocket League just to name a few. Our next event we are doing Mario Kart. We try to keep fun games on board. We also host tabletop gaming. It tends to get pretty serious. We’ve hosted Magic the Gathering and recently hosted Yu-Gi-Oh. I was unaware of how many people played that. It was huge! Evidently, it’s a really big deal. Things got super serious that night. Next, we are hosting a Pokémon tourney. Eventually, we plan to host Dungeons and Dragons. We want to make sure this is done the right way, in light of the length of the game and integrity of the gaming experience. Plus, we have Anime on a reel. We are doing Death Note at our next event and that just so happens to be my favorite. I’m super excited about that!

Ultimately, I enjoy the diverse crowd. It’s not your average nightlife crowd. I favor bringing them together. Some of the people that come out are experiencing gaming on that level for the first time. It then becomes something that they are interested in just from attending this event. That is in the grand scheme of things, why I love doing this event. We will give away way cool prizes like NES’s. It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well!

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Photo Credits: Ti Nguyen

What’s next for you moving forward.

I have LVL Up that is… of course… going to be my baby at this point. I’m possibly going to do patio parties in the summer, that will run Memorial Day through the fall. It will be held once a week. We plan to host it at Sauced. I’m also working with Subsonix now. They have quite a few shows coming up that I’m involved in. I’m excited to get back to my marketing roots with them. I’m also really focusing on having fun with what I’m doing and remembering why I started. I think sometimes we get caught up in the inner workings of the business side of this industry, and we tend to forget the core reason why we do it. So, I just want to keep that at heart.

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Why Your Credit Card May Be Useless

The traditional means of in-store, online & in-app purchasing have changed. Your myriad of credit cards is no longer needed to make purchases with haste. Sure you’re familiar with NFC payment options. Simply place your phone over a reader and BAM! Insta SALE! Or keying in your CC in those tiny CC forms online. Either way, you check out, prepare for a major upgrade.

Recently Facebook has empowered developers the ability to leverage it’s in-app payment options. Doing so saves shoppers from being redirected to third-party websites in order to confirm their purchases. Apple has joined in on the race to simplify online payment options with the release of their latest iOS system. Express payment options will utilize Apple Pay and can be embedded in a website, a mobile app and inside iOS default messenger. Apple released the update just in time for developers to embed the new streamlined payment services into their consumer solutions.

For the end-user to process their purchase using either system would require them to add a credit card to their account. At this moment facebook and Apple do not accept some debit cards and prepaid cards. With Apple, you do have the option of utilizing credit from your iTunes account to complete purchases by attaching it to your Apple Wallet.

Of course, in-store payments with NFC have just begun to gain steam and have become a mainstay for most businesses. In-app, in-browser and in-messenger purchase options will only extend the reach of a brands marketing power by adding a shortcut to their payment funnels.

Meet Kobe Bryant, the $100 million venture capitalist.

The tech industry is no stranger to venturing capital investments. In 2015 VC’s invested nearly $130 billion into roughly 8,000 techs focused startups. That’s an increase of nearly 44% over the previous year.

Cutting-edge advancements in computing abilities have been attained In light of the years of heavy investment into the tech arena. Wide scale innovations in artificial intelligence, information security, and machine learning have generated the vibrant intellectual property.

Just weeks into Q3 of 2016 Kobe joined forces with Jeff Stibel, a seasoned investor in the tech sector. Based in Los Angeles, the investment will operate under the name Bryant Stibel.

The two intend to invest $100 million into promising tech, media, and data companies, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Bryant Stibel currently is invested in The Players Tribune, Scopely, LegalZoom, RingDNA, and Juicero. Their venture investments are slated to go on for several years.

 

Purpl to go on hiatus

On Wednesday, June, 22nd Momo Information Technologies Corp announced that they will cease operations on their social advisor app Purpl. Purpl has been described as the “Real Answers from Real People” App.

Purpl, steamed rolled it’s way into app stores only four months ago, but in that time it claimed a coveted spot among the top 100 apps in the app store. The app posed as a conduit to connect people with sound advice from vetted advisors. Advisors would offer their input to interested individuals on an pay per hour basis through scheduled sessions. Think Qoura but with live instant feedback.

The press release highlighting the final curtain call on this informed community app, left much to be desired. The email read as follows:

“We released Purpl only four months ago as a way for people to have meaningful connections in the age of technology. And we have been so thrilled to watch our dream come true. These months have felt much longer and have had a major impact on the lives of everyone in Team Purpl. And so it is with a very heavy heart that we will be phasing out the operations on Purpl indefinitely. We very much hope to continue this journey with you all in the future, but for now we have to say goodbye.”

The news comes as a surprise to many Purpl users. According Bloomberg, Momo Inc. reported a total revenue of over $50 million USD in the first quarter compared to $26 million USD a year ago.

We can only suspect that the China based company closed the book on Purpl in order to hone in on Momo, their flagship social media app with over 180 million users. At the moment Momo is only available in China’s native language. It’s not very likely that an US focused English version will sail onto our shores any time soon.

Xbox slims down and boast 4K

Microsoft ships out a slimmer version of it’s pioneering gaming system this August. Don’t fret this hardwares crash diet, the fitting titled “Xbox One S” packs an even bigger punch than it’s predecessor. Boasting a lofty 2TB hard drive alongside a resolution output of 4K Ultra HD coupled with High Dynamic Range technology to deliver those intense contrast ratios with in-depth game playback. The wins don’t stop there. The Xbox One S can power on/off your other devices such as your TV or audio receiver with the aide of IR Blaster. This juiced up Microsoft minime will reconnect you with the Xbox 360 classics. Nostalgia isn’t the only thing you’ll experience with this unit, you can now savor your gaming glory with controllers outfitted with bluetooth and increased communication distance.

 

If the 2013 unit was not your taste aesthetically, opting for this sleek crisp white rendition may just so happen to be your flavor.