Jukebaux: A New Way to Connect through Music
Imagine being front and center for your favorite music DJ at EDC without having to worry about the crowd behind you pushing you up against the gate.
Imagine being able to listen to festival sets with your friends in real-time, all from the comfort of your home. No long lines, no dirty Porta Potties, no BO from the guy who forgot to put deodorant on that morning.
Daryll Santos, a student majoring in business management at Cal State University Northridge, has designed a new social media app to get rid of all of those problems. Called Jukebaux, it allows people to connect with others through music, no matter how far apart you might be. Think of it as Periscope-meets-Soundcloud.
Santos and cofounder Niko Mungcal came up with the idea after wanting to see Kanye West perform at FYF Fest in 2015. He encountered a dilemma the typical attendee at a music festival may experience: do you camp out in front of the stage for a few hours to secure a good spot for the headlining performance, or do you go see different artists and stay at the back at the end of the night?
Him and his friends chose the latter, and as a result, were forced to find a spot towards the back of the venue for Kanye’s headlining set. However, it turned out to be a stroke of good luck. Santos noticed that he knew almost none of the people that were around him, but by the end of the night, they had all bonded over their love of music. “It puts everyone on common ground,” he says. “Everyone there was a total stranger. Everyone was dirty and sweaty. But people get comfortable with each other because they’re there for the same reason.”
Listening to music online could easily be made into a social experience with today’s smartphone technology, Santos realized. “I wanted to do the same thing as Instagram and Twitter but with music.”
And so the concept of Jukebaux was created.
The app promises a new kind of online community, one where music lovers can meet people who like the same artists they do, discover new songs, and listen to music with their friends in real-time. Users can upload their own music onto Jukebaux’s Soundline, the equivalent of a newsfeed or a timeline in other popular social media platforms; alternatively, Spotify and Soundcloud can also be linked to the app for a wider variety of music to play on your feed.
Santos’ favorite part? The baux, a music live stream that allows people to listen to songs together regardless of where they are. This feature also takes away the struggle of passing around an aux cord to play music, especially at parties or on long car rides. DJs may now have the opportunity to play sets at festivals or shows without even stepping into the venue.
However, Santos, Mungcal, and the team’s developer, Bryan Norden, are still students in college. Up until this point, they have funded the project out of their own pockets. They have launched a Kickstarter campaign that ends in June to help them cover the costs of further development.
Jukebaux could very well change the concert experience that we are all so accustomed to. It might not completely replace the atmosphere and the feeling of being at your favorite festival, but for those who cannot attend or cannot afford the rising ticket prices of events, it could be a gamechanger.
All images provided courtesy of Jukebaux
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