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About got-djent.com

What is 'djent'?

'Djent' refers to a particular style of metal music, incorporating low tuned, open note syncopated riffing and/or heavily palm-muted metallic-sounding power chords. It is regarded as a new subgenre of metal by some, but this is controversial. More information can be found in our FAQ or on Wikipedia.

About got-djent.com

What is 'djent'?

'Djent' refers to a particular style of metal music, incorporating low tuned, open note syncopated riffing and/or heavily palm-muted metallic-sounding power chords. It is regarded as a new subgenre of metal by some, but this is controversial. More information can be found in our FAQ or on Wikipedia.

What is got-djent.com?

got-djent.com strives to be the ultimate resource for all things djent. We aim to be a place where all fans of djent can discover new music, update themselves about what's going on in the djent scene, share experiences and insights, hear the latest tracks by up and coming artists, and much more. We also wish to offer a platform for artists to reach the right target audience.

Receiving almost 400,000 pageviews a month, got-djent.com has fast outgrown its origins as a hobby project to become a point of reference within the djent scene, educating newcomers and keeping veterans up to date at all times. Through strategic partnerships with like-minded sites and contacts with bands and labels, we are able to offer our users high-quality content. Despite all this, got-djent.com is still a non-profit project.

got-djent.com is a community portal. We take the 'community' part very literally: almost all content is submitted by users. Content can be added and edited by all registered users, in a wiki-style fashion. There is a team of content moderators that reviews these additions and changes before they are made permanent, to ensure quality and prevent abuse.

This means that you can help us out. By adding your favorite bands and albums to our database for example. Or maybe you've got some djent-related news (about your own band, perhaps?) that you'd like to share - go ahead and submit it!

got-djent.com is a non-commercial initiative, managed and hosted entirely by volunteers in their spare time. It will remain ad-free as long as this is affordable. If you have a few bucks to spare, you can help us out with the server costs if you want. This site uses icons from pinvoke.com and komodomedia.com.



Who are we?

got-djent.com is run by a team of hard-working volunteers. They watch over the quality of the published content, write news articles, conduct interviews, arrange exclusives and maintain the site infrastructure. The got-djent.com team consists of an administrator, a PR manager and several content moderators. You can recognise them on the site by their blue and green coloured usernames.

benanne (administrator) - admin at got-djent dot com
The maintainer and lead developer of this website, living in Belgium. He is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science at Ghent University. Likes it technical and/or progressive, and is on a metalcore binge at the moment. Plays the piano. Is a huge nerd and a language nut. Loves British comedy, high-level programming languages and kebab. Digs Oceansize, Katatonia, Architects, Scarve, Textures, Disillusion, Extol, The Dear Hunter, and more.

Clarity (content moderator, comment moderator) - clarity at got-djent dot com

breakdown (content moderator, comment moderator) - breakdown at got-djent dot com

Waldheri (content moderator) - waldheri at got-djent dot com
Dutch, born in the late 80s. Likes his music progressive or fused. Full-time biomedical engineering student with a metric fuckton of other interests. Reader of books, watcher of films, drinker of abbey beers and a ballroom dancer as well. Some favourite bands: Meshuggah, Cloudkicker, Devin Townsend, Chimp Spanner, B.M. Sharp, Karl Sanders, Empyrium, Ulver.

JL_VerthAliceR (content moderator) - jorgelucas at got-djent dot com

Klonere (content moderator, podcaster) - klonere at got-djent dot com
Born and raised on the fair isle of Ireland Klonere "type(s) words and listen(s) to vanilla superior 2.0 samples all day". Currently studying International Relations in Dublin City University, Ireland. Musical taste based mainly of the TECHNICAL and BRUTAL varieties, also digs a lot of ambient, electronic, hip-hop and drone artists. If it's dark and complex he'll probably like it. Devin Townsend is "bit of a god" according to him. Big into Starcraft and its pro scene, he also enjoys reading history books, poetry and current affairs. Fails to run the podcast regularly but by golly he tries his best! Follow him @TheKlonere on Twitter.

blckravn01 (content moderator) - blckravn01 at got-djent dot com

MonstaH (content moderator) - monstah at got-djent dot com

ma7erick (content moderator) - maverick at got-djent dot com

StervendeWens (content moderator) - stervendewens at got-djent dot com
Computer science student and quite the bookworm. Finds interest in things pretty much nobody else does. Likes dead and other languages, lucid dreaming, ballroom dancing, painting, swimming, guitars as well as candy and waffles. Bands she enjoys are: Katatonia, Neurosis, The Dear Hunter, Meshuggah, Ion Dissonance and others.

ProgHippie (PR manager) - patrick at got-djent dot com
The public relationist of this website. Likes it most if technicality and intensity culminate in le win, shown off by bands such as TesseracT, Struc/tures, Gojira, Uneven Structure and Disillusion - but is also down for some more mellow stuff such as Dark Suns and Pain of Salvation, or some straight forward Deaf Mepple like Bloodbath, Decapitated, Blood Red Throne and some obscure underground bands. Owner of the band promotion agency ProgHippie.com, freelance photographer and passionate for travelling and outdoors. Based in Switzerland.

Moderators on hiatus: paulyrhythm, Ellen Djenteres, Mahn, jwinti, IARETYRAWR

Contact the entire team: info at got-djent dot com

Join us

We're always looking for committed moderators to join our ranks. If you're interested in joining the team and you think you've got what it takes, your best bet is to try and get noticed by contributing frequently. You can do this by posting and updating news, bands and releases, but you can also help us out in other ways, by spreading the word about the website for example. If you want to be a bit more proactive about it, you can contact us for a tryout.

New site feature: featured content

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Featured content on the front page

It's safe to say that the djent scene has pretty much exploded over the course of the past year. During this period, our posting volume has increased steadily. These days, we are publishing almost three times as many news articles as when we started out.

We've also started bringing more and more exclusive content, like interviews and other special features. Unfortunately, our front page only has room to show the five most recent headlines. We felt that some posts were not getting the attention they deserve, because they disappear off the front page too fast when newer posts are published.

To remedy this, we have spruced up our front page a bit with a new section at the top that shows featured content - stuff we think you should definitely have a look at. Five posts worth checking out are shown in a slideshow. Hover the mouse over them to pause the slideshow, and click the links on the right to change the post that's currently being displayed.

As always, if something looks weird, refresh the page as your browser may still be caching old files. You also need to have Javascript enabled. If something isn't working like it should, let us know through the contact form.

We hope you'll enjoy this new feature. More new features are in the works, so stay tuned!

New site feature: media embedding

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Better media embedding with the [media][/media] tag

got-djent.com is all about music, so we often post articles about new songs. Until now, these articles usually contained links to an external website where the song is hosted (like SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Dropbox, ...).

We want this music to get heard, and unfortunately that extra click that's needed to listen costs the artists a lot of potential fans. The sad truth is that every additional click decreases the potential audience by half. That's just how the internet works.

To remedy this, the site has supported automatic embedding of YouTube videos and Google videos for a very long time. But YouTube's audio quality isn't exactly spectacular, and who uses Google video these days? We thought it was about time to extend embedding support to a wider range of services, including the ones most commonly used by artists nowadays.

Enter: the [media][/media] tag!


The new way of embedding content is by wrapping a link in 'media' tags. This works for URLs from YouTube, Google video, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, SoundCloud (individual songs), Bandcamp (both tracks and albums), SoundClick (individual songs), ReverbNation (individual songs) and UStream.tv (recorded videos).

On top of that any link to an MP3 file can be inserted and it will show up in a player. This is useful for people who like to upload their stuff to Dropbox, for example.

You can use the media tag almost anywhere on the site: in news articles, but also in comments and on the forums.

For backwards compatibility, the old way of embedding YouTube and Google videos (without tags) still works for now.

As always, if something looks weird, refresh the page as your browser may still be caching old files. If something isn't working like it should, let us know through the contact form.

We hope you'll enjoy this new feature. More new features are in the works, so stay tuned!

Sees: album release date announced

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Sees have announced that their upcoming album 'The enD' will be released on March 1st. Physical copies of the album will be available for purchase through the band's Facebook page. On March 15th, the album will be made available for free download. The band have set up a dedicated download website for this purpose. A 'making of' video for the album was posted last month.

Visit seesdownload.com.

New site feature: keep us updated!

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We need your help - keep us updated!

A new feature has been added to the site: you can now keep us updated more easily using the text box in the sidebar. got-djent.com is a community portal, and it has always been possible for our users to submit new content: news articles, bands, releases and more. However, we realise that this is actually quite a lot of work, and in this day and age people are always pressed for time. That's why we've decided to make contributing a little easier.

The djent scene is still growing every day, and it's starting to become a daunting task for our moderation team to cover everything. We are starting to miss things. That's why we are counting on you to help us by pointing out news and bands that are worth posting on the site. Instead of submitting an article or a band page, you can just send us a link and we'll do the rest.

How does it work?

It's quite simple. You enter a link and a short description of the content in the text box at the top of the sidebar (top right of the page), and press 'Send update'. Your update then enters the update queue, which is regularly checked by our moderation team for new updates.

You have to be logged in to see the text box. If you don't have an account yet, you can create one here in a few minutes.

When an update is submitted, it is 'pending'. When a moderator comes along and sees the pending update, they can decide to make a post about it. They will then mark the update as 'in progress', to indicate that it's being dealt with. Once the post is finished, they will mark the update as 'posted'. This doesn't mean that the post will be visible on the site immediately - it might still have to be reviewed by another moderator before publishing.

If the content of an update is deemed unusable or inappropriate to be published on the site, it will be marked as 'ignored'.

You can view all the updates you've submitted at any time by clicking the 'View my updates' link below the text box. The 'My updates' page shows an overview of all your updates, along with their current status. You can also view each update individually and discuss it with the moderation team.

As always: if anything looks weird, please refresh the page as your browser may still be caching old files. If it still looks weird after refreshing, don't hesitate to contact us!

Help us out!

If you are an artist, we would appreciate it very much if you could keep us updated about what you are doing. Just send us a link to a blog entry, a Facebook status, your Myspace / Bandcamp / SoundCloud page, ... and tell us what's new. We'll post it on the site and link back to it, which in turn gives you more exposure. All news articles published on the site are also posted on our Facebook page, our Myspace page and on Twitter.

If you are a fan, feel free to keep us updated about your favourite bands as well! Just link us to what's new and give us a short description.

If you have more time, you can also submit an article or a band page yourself, and make our workload a bit lighter.

Join the team!

On a related note, we are currently looking for some dedicated people who would like to help us with writing articles and moderating submitted content. Our moderation team consists of volunteers who work on the site when they have some time to spare. All of the moderators lead busy lives, however, so sometimes there is a lot of work to be done and not enough time to do it.

If you are interested in joining the got-djent.com moderation team, you are encouraged to submit new content (articles, bands, releases, ...) that conforms to our internal style guide regularly. Regular contributors will be contacted and invited to join the team if they are interested.

A map of djent: second edition

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Remember our map of djent? In December last year, we posted a visualisation of the popularity of the bands in our site database. The results were somewhat controversial. Since then, got-djent.com has continued to grow and a lot more data is available now. That's why the map has now been updated.

The second edition of the 'map of djent' features 167 bands, 37 more than the first. Over 12000 'become a fan' links have been clicked on the site as of today. At the time the first map was created, only 7500 had been clicked. This means a lot more data is available now, leading to a better representation of our users' preferences.

Overall, not a lot has changed. It's a bit more crowded, and the most popular bands are now even more tightly knit together. To view the full-size version of the map, please click the small version below.

For more information about how the map was created, please read our post about the first edition.

View the previous version of the map.

A map of djent

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Last month, we added some new features to the site which allow registered users to indicate their favourite bands. User profiles now display these favourite bands, and band pages list fans as well. There is also a ranking of bands by popularity.

got-djent.com is one year old!

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Today marks the first anniversary of got-djent.com.
On November 18th, 2009, the site was officially launched and opened to the public.

How it began

The idea for the site came to fruition on the last.fm 'djent' group, where people had been sharing djent-related news and updates since late 2007. At some point, posting links in the group shoutbox just didn't cut it anymore, so a small team consisting of last.fm group members set out to build a full-fledged community portal.

They took almost three months to fully prepare it for launch. If you don't believe this, check out the post date on the first band page ever to be added to our database: Meshuggah's. Most people from the original team are moderators today.

The plan

The whole idea behind this ambitious project was that it would be a community effort, featuring user generated content. This is why all registered users can submit news articles, bands, releases and reviews, and modify existing band pages and release pages. To keep everything in check, a team of moderators reviews all submissions before they are published.

This system has worked remarkably well; it has allowed the site to keep up with the exponential growth that the scene has seen over the course of the past year. More importantly, it allows musicians to promote themselves by creating a band page, containing useful information on their internet presence, biography and discography. More recently, users are able to become a fan of their favorite bands on this website. The open nature of the project has undoubtedly been the key to its success.

got-djent.com in numbers

The site has over 1400 registered users. Admittedly, some of those are probably spam bots. Of course, many more unregistered users visit the site regularly. It receives over 2000 visits every day from 147 different countries all over the world, accounting for upwards of 9000 daily page views. For comparison: in December 2009, about 150 visits generated about 700 pageviews every day. Needless to say, we've had to upgrade our server a few times.



Djent is global - site visits by country.


We have published over 1100 news articles. Our database features almost 400 bands and projects, and as many releases. About 100 of these releases are also available for free download, which truly shows the DIY nature of our music scene.

Evolution

2010 has been a busy year for djent. The community has grown immensely, and several other initiatives have sprung up that have helped put djent on the map. The term is now being picked up by renowned metal websites, and even labels. Most notably, we have enjoyed collaborating with the guys over at the Djent-Lemen's club Facebook page, and of course the wonderful Euroblast team, who made the first djent festival in Europe become a reality.

Since its inception, got-djent.com has aspired to be the one stop source for discovering new music, interacting with other fans and keeping up to date with everything that's going on in the ever-expanding djent scene. To this end, new features have been and will continue to be added regularly. The got-djent.com team hopes that the site has met its goals, and will continue to do so.

We wish to thank everyone who's ever contributed in one way or another. We hope that we will keep receiving many more valuable contributions, to ensure that the site doesn't stray from its original purpose: for the community, by the community. We don't plan on stopping anytime soon, so hopefully you don't, either!

We hope to see a similar or even bigger growth in the second year of got-djent.com, and to help reach that goal we do have some new and exciting things coming up... stay tuned!


Happy birthday to ourselves!
If you're feeling generous, below are some things you can do to support us.
We're counting on all of you to keep spreading the word!

got-djent.com site update: indicate your favourite bands

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A new feature has been added to the site: as a registered user, it is now possible to indicate that you are a fan of the bands in our database. Each band page now lists its fans, and sports a 'Become a fan' link at the bottom. Simply click it to indicate that you like the band in question. After a page refresh, your name will be listed. All bands you're a fan of are also listed on your user profile page.

This functionality is of course inspired by Facebook, but we thought it would be useful on this site as well. A band's popularity will help you assess whether it's worth checking out, and you can also see whether your friends enjoy it. Also included in this update is a listing of bands by popularity (i.e. number of fans). It can be accessed by clicking the 'Bands > By popularity' link in the sidebar.

At the moment, every band has 0 fans, which is a bit silly. For this new feature to become useful, please browse some bands' pages and indicate that you like them! More new features are in the works and will be added soon.

As always: if anything looks weird, please refresh the page as your browser may still be caching old files. If it still looks weird after refreshing, don't hesitate to contact us!

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