Do you love the Bellisseria community spirit and want to add your own love to the mix? Want to be part of a crew of supportive DJs who routinely put on shows together, mixing and matching styles and personalities to help keep every show fresh and interesting for the party-loving community of Bellisseria? Want to be part of a collective that cross-promotes each other and shares timeslots in a way that ensures our fans never have to choose among us, but can instead enjoy ALL of us? Then consider joining The Pirate DJs of Bellisseria!
Contact Baphy (fushichou.mfume) in Second Life. She’ll make sure you’ve read and agree to the treaty and principles (below), and she’ll help get you on-boarded into the collective.
The principles behind our Pirate Treaty of Bellisseria are simple:
Never ask for tips nor put out tip jars. Not only is it against the Linden Covenant for Bellisseria, but many citizens of Second Life don’t like the pressure of typical club expectations for tipping DJs.
Be willing to share any and all of the “good” time slots with your fellow Pirate DJs. Any Pirate DJ should be happy to play only one Friday, Saturday, or Sunday prime-tme slot each month if it meant giving ALL of the DJs in the crew a fair and equal opportunity to perform during such prime-time slots. This principle might strike you as “unrealistic” at first, but see Why Sharing Is Possible (further below) for simple proof that it is quite realistic and quite possible.
Be willing to cancel a regular, ongoing event (such as the weekend pickle parties) if they conflict with a large, organized Fairgrounds event. We never want to be seen as competing for attention against large community events that take significant time to plan and build and promote. (This principle does not apply to small, spontaneous pop-up events that might happen on the Fairgrounds space.)
Never put on a spontaneous, ad hoc show during a regular, ongoing event calendar timeslot where any Pirate DJ crew are already scheduled to perform. Nor during a large, organized Fairgrounds event. You must always check the Event Calendar first and ensure that you won’t be conflicting with any other Pirate DJs or large-scale organized Fairgrounds events.
Be willing to promote the Pirate DJs of Bellisseria “brand” and to cross-promote your fellow DJs. For example, displaying the Pirate DJ logo somehow when you play in Bellisseria. Suggesting your fellow Pirate DJs if an event organizer is looking to fill an event’s entertainment roster. And so on.
Be willing to join—and keep abreast of—a special Discord server where we have a private channel to communicate, coordinate, and plan events together.
Never comment negatively about any other DJs or DJ collectives in a way that appears competitive, or appears to put any other DJ down or shut any other DJ out. The collective is only about self-organizing and boosting and promoting each other. As individuals, we can also support friends who might prefer to operate as indy DJs or who might prefer to belong to some other collective.
No drama. This is a low-touch, self-organized collective of DJs. Stay with us while the treaty guidelines work for you, and reap the benefits. Leave the collective when it no longer meets your needs, and no hard feelings. We’re here to have a great time, support each other, and make Belli residents happy. Not to deal with tedious drama. In this light; no RL politics, religion, or divisive comments about RL events or people. The Pirates are about music and fun. Period.
No drama, part 2. Be kind & gracious to all (Dj or just resident of SL). Pirates have nothing but reputation and honor to rely on and as one of us you reflect on us. Anyone you have problems with, take it private and, if need be, take it to the Lindens. Do not talk disrespectfully of or to others in chat, on the forums, or in group discord, even those you are in contention with. Do not drag unrelated parties into your disputes.
If you break the terms of the treaty or otherwise disregard the above principles (especially the “no drama” principle), you’re out. No fuss; no muss. No arguing, no second chances. No hard feelings. No recriminations. No one member of the crew makes this call: it’s simply baked into the heart of our treaty and principles. Follow the treaty and adhere to the principles, and you’re a Pirate DJ! Otherwise, you’re out! This last principle helps to keep the self-organized nature of the collective low-touch, low-friction, and drama-free. We’ve all known people who might be good at heart but have a talent for causing friction, drama, and divisiveness.
Good Neighbor Policies:
1. When we play a house party, the DJ should remind the owner of the parcel to check that "Restrict all sounds" is configured for the parcel! This prevents audio gestures and other environmental sounds from being heard outside of the parcel boundaries.
2. All text gestures we use should absolutely not use any "shout" syntax. It's easy to overlook that the Covenant rules all across Bellisseria forbid using shouts anywhere. We encourage everyone (especially our fine hosts) to double-check all the gestures they're using and to remove any syntax that causes a gesture to be played into chat as a shout.
3. If a resident contacts a DJ or Host and says they feel a party is affecting their enjoyment of their home, then the Pirates should work with the resident to find an agreeable solution, even if that means moving the party to another region.
Pirate DJs who haven’t scheduled in the past 60 days have their page de- activated. Try to do a show at least once in a while to stay “active”.
After 15 years of a mainland/estate “club DJ mindset” being instilled in most of us as normal and expected, it’s time to break the mold and try something new. There are no clubs in Bellisseria. There are not 100+ different event calendars—there is one. There are not 100+ different sub-communities—there is just one big “Bellisseria Community”. No single person or small group is “in charge” of Bellisseria.
In an environment like this, literally ALL of Bellisseria is essentially ONE huge, single “club” from a DJ perspective and from an audience perspective. Therefore if every DJ simply schedules their own events at their preferred time without care for any other DJs in Belli, we end up with audiences that are forced to choose favorites. We end up with cliques and competition and politics.
You might still be tempted to say “yes, but even if it’s undesirable, it’s inevitable.” Well, it doesn’t have to be inevitable. And even if some indy DJs decide to be heedless, that’s all the more reason why a visible and strong collective of DJs can stand out among the noise.
It’s broadly understood that the 7pm to 11pm time slot in every major RL region is the “primetime” for audiences and participation. In Europe that equates to 11am to 3pm SLT, give or take an hour depending on your specific country. In North America, that equates to 7pm SLT to 11pm SLT (plus maybe another hour or two after that). It’s also broadly known that Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are the “primetime” days of the week for audiences. Add those up, and that’s essentially two 4-hour blocks on Friday, two on Saturday, and two on Sunday. That’s SIX 4-hour blocks total, every week.
So let’s do the math. The Pirate DJs of Bellisseria could have 6 different DJs anchoring down those available 4-hour blocks every week. Or 12 different DJs each getting a 2-hour block every week. Or 24 of us each getting a 1-hour primetime block EVERY week. And if we grow large enough that more than 24 of us want to have some fair access to a primetime block? Well, then we start alternating as needed. We could have up to 96 of us all having a fair access to at least one 1-hour primetime slot every month.
And let’s be realistic: we’ll never have 96 members at any one time who all want a slice of the primetime pie. There’s plenty to go around. We can successfully share with each other and never, ever force our fans to choose among any of us!