Virtual Jukebox app returns after creating new tracks as a social experiment


FFormer music promoter Adell Hendon said he knew he couldn’t keep the beat going forever on his own. Now the Kansas City native is helping others party even longer with his socially interactive virtual jukebox app – YouSpin.

“I used to throw a lot of DJ parties and even indie artists — a lot of hip hop artists in Kansas City,” he explained. “I decided to do something different because I knew it wasn’t necessarily going to last.”

Hendon is officially launching a major app update – YouSpin Anywhere – from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on August 12 at The Ship, 1221 Union Street.

Click on here to explore YouSpin and its features.

Due to the pandemic, the app has pivoted. Hendon had the idea for the app about 10 years ago when he noticed a problem with the club scene.

“Especially in Kansas City, there would be slow nights — Monday through Thursday sometimes,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Hey, what if we made an app that would let people pick and play music at their favorite bar or club right from their phone, and it would come from the sound system. Maybe we could add a chat so people can talk to each other and just break the ice and things like that and create their own music experience in the bar.

After its development, the app started to take off in local clubs and bars, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, people started to stay at home. YouSpin Anywhere provided a solution.

Instead of going to a club, users can create a virtual club which can be shared with friends and family anywhere. Once the link is shared, anyone can add songs to the playlist, chat and upload photos in the club. Anyone can contribute to the party experience from anywhere in the world.

“So it’s almost like Zoom, but for the music,” he explained. “You can hear the music in real time. It’s the only time you’ve seen a music streaming app that lets you play music together in real time, so we’re very proud of it.

This also works if you are in the same space. For example, he says, if you’re having a house party and someone wants to play their music, you don’t need to switch devices.

“We can use a phone, an auxiliary cord,” he added. “Then everyone can log in and choose songs and hear them. It’s quite incredible.

The app, which still features its original DJ mode, is free to download and connects to clubs. To create their own virtual clubs and parties, users can subscribe through the YouSpin website for $2.99 ​​per month.

The app features a wide variety of music, Hendon said.

“(We have) all types of genres: pop music, hip hop, R&B, rock, reggae, afro beats, Bollywood,” he continued. “We’re trying to make it a global thing.”

He also wants to use the app to boost independent artists.

“They can release new albums there,” he added. “They can connect with their fans there, do listening parties, that kind of stuff. We’re trying to do something different in the music industry and especially with music streaming.

In order to legally play music from various artists on YouSpin, Hendon said, he must follow industry guidelines and use legal umbrellas through BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).

Although the application has largely been initiated, Hendon has received Digital Sandbox KC Proof of Concept Funding in 2016 and is currently working on a request for additional funding.

The features of the application will be fully exhibited during the launch party. Although there will be two DJs – DJ Prismada and DJ Leonightus – who will provide entertainment to open and close the evening, the main event will be the virtual club created for the party. The goal is to get as many people as possible to download the app, join the club and contribute by choosing songs, Hendon said.

Participants are encouraged to share the virtual club with others around the world.

“It won’t just be about the people at the event themselves,” he said. “We have a club in Mexico that we will connect with. It’s called the Gusto. It’s in Puerto Vallarta and they’re going to hook up.

An app like this is needed, he said, especially during the ongoing pandemic, so people can stay connected.

“How can I give the world the opportunity to have fun wherever they are with music?” he added. ” It is what it is. This is what I created.

This story is possible thanks to the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundationa private, nonpartisan foundation that works with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create unusual solutions and empower people to shape their future and succeed.

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