Tastyfresh.com is built on the involvement of its community. Without people volunteering their time and skills, this site would not exist. This site has never in its history been a for profit site. There have been times when advertising was sold here as well as merchandise, but none of it was ever enough to cover the bills much less pay anyone for their efforts. It’s out of a love for the people here and the music that so much has been done through this site. If you have been around for a while and would like to become more involved, we’d love to have you. You don’t have to spend hours and weeks on a single task and in reality, you can be as involved as you would like to be here. Just know that your involvement is desired and welcome. Here are just a few ways how you can help out.
Level 1: Start Out Simple
You don’t have to come into Tastyfresh guns blazin’. We’d love for you to get to know us better first. Here are a couple of suggestions.
The first, easiest and most important way you could help with the site is to become an active poster on our forums. Plenty of people here lurk, but the ones who make an impact within the community get involved. Our community is in constant need of prayer and encouragement. This is best done through direct online communication on the forums. We often find too that people are just getting started and need some advice on producing and DJing. If you have ANY experience, even if it’s only in your bedroom, we’d love for you to share it. This simple thing could save people hours of frustration and potentially be the next big breakthrough they need. The forums are also a great place for you to promote your own efforts. Go right ahead. We’d love to hear what you’re doing. Just don’t make it all about yourself.
The Facebook Community
The forums have been around for over ten years now, but the idea of a social network here is still somewhat new. There are many features there, but the most powerful tool is the advance search feature. You can use this tool to find other people who leave near you who have similar interests and skills. Why not do a search and see who lives near you and plan a gathering? You can also create your own online groups for specific discussion topics. Beyond that, you have a profile page much like you would with Facebook.com, so take advantage of your wall, friends and well… their walls. Like with the forum, be an encourager to everyone.
Level 2: Step It Up a Bit
Once you’ve got the hang of things, why not contribute to the site’s content? We’re always looking for new articles, videos and even music share with others.
Write an Article
One area that has been sorely lacking for the past few years now are the articles. We have not had the staff dedicated to writing and editing articles like we used to. However, we still like to post them whenever we get one in. If you would like to write an article, please do so and let Dave Richards know. He’ll review it and post it. In a few months, we hope to have the system set up so you can submit articles directly on the site from your account. Topics that we are interested in include: interviews, tutorials, articles about the EDM culture, industry news and insights, event planning and promotions, your testimony, event reviews and more. If you want an example of what we’re looking for, just read through some or all of the old articles.
Provide a DJ Mix
Tastyfresh.com is host to several podcasts. One of which is Homegrown. Hosted by Jpuddy, Homegrown features some of the best unrecognized talent from the site. If you have a mix or a live PA recording that you would like to share with the community, please contact Josiah and let him know. He’s always looking for a new face to feature.
Level 3: Blood, Sweat & Tears
Tastyfresh doesn’t throw a lot of events, but when you find one in your area, reach out and help. Tastyfresh is responsible however for the Afterhours Club Stage at the Cornerstone Music Festival, so if you’re in the Mid-west, please plan to get involved! As part of that, we raise money to produce a CD each year that is given out for free at the festival. We also have some small bills to pay to keep the lights on.
Post Your Events (Club, Festival, Radio, Podcast…)
We’re constantly getting emails from people looking for Christian run EDM events. If you are promoting one, please use the events section of the site to post your events to the calendar. Not only that, but feel free to promote them on the forums and to submit articles about them. We want to keep our visitors informed about what you are doing. Let your event be the inspiration for someone else’s.
Get Involved with the Annual Afterhours Compilation CD
Every year we produce a compilation CD that is given away for free at the Cornerstone Music Festival. Only one thousand copies are made and the only way someone can get a copy is by either attending the festival or contributing either financially to the project or by donating the music for it. These CDs are in constant demand outside of the festival and we simply cannot contractually make them available any other way.
So… those are just a few of the many things you can get involved with here. All of this starts though with one simple thing. You have to join the site. If you haven’t registered an account yet, please do so now and let’s get started making Tastyfresh.com an even better place.