Welcome to the World of Panda Tron.
DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r)
Now lets start with the cute Panda appearance. Don’t be fooled, He may be cuddly cute but he’s a fucking monster chef when it comes to a live mix. Chopping ingredients, slicing and dicing up all the things you crave. He mixes them into this masterful meal and serves it to you on massive scale. You hear just a little and you want more. Its not a one course meal either. Lets see if we can identify with this a bit more. You want to order a pizza, right? You go online, select the perfect mix of what you want, the primo crust and sauce, extra fucking cheese and then its cooked to perfection… Well if we compare DJ Panda Tron to your perfect pizza then this is how it would go. You don’t have to go online to pick the ingredients, He already knows them before you can even speak them. He comes to your house, Makes everything fresh right in front of your precious little face and then gives you the subtle taste of just what you want. Do you know what happens next. He drops the fucking bass line and the real fucking party starts.
Monday: 6-7 pm slt at club Hypnotiq
Tuesday: 8-10 pm slt at club Exhale
Friday: 8-10 pm slt at Oasis Mirage Gate AKA OMG
(side note- These pictures were taken at the last set DJ Panda Tron played at Club Energy which closing down)
Its a magical thing when you hear a DJ that can relate to just what you want when he doesn’t even know you. Though he is a master on the decks, its not quite it either. He has something else about him. He does killer work but also is a killer people person. Maybe a 6th sense? not to sure. Maybe its just everyone’s love of music and he can feel it. No matter what it is, This is one Panda whom will never disappoint. I have had some time to converse with him a bit and you can read the interview below. we have talked a little bit back and forth over the past few days as well. Down to earth as you get and willing to help just about anyone. Touring the DJ world on SL and trying to do what you like and have everyone else into what you are doing tells you that you are on a path of greatness. He’s done a lot since hitting the grid. Multiple DJ battles, even end up in a tie with DJ Bigtime Trouble. He spins at some awesome clubs.
That’s all pretty good for a Panda right? His people interaction is subsequently amazing to be honest. Not only is he on the controller making the beautiful mixes and mashes we all crave but he also takes the time to watch local and what the people are doing and to interact with them. Lots of DJs will make some noise, shout out to a few people, tell the crowd what they are doing. We all know live mixing takes some concentration. He seems to be able to keep up with local and the vips, IMs even all while making your ears explode with eargasms. Not a lot of DJs are capable of this. I know for a fact i lack in the social interaction when im really into a mix and will not have time to talk to people unless i loop a beat and take a moment before carrying on. Real talent. To top it off he mixes whatever he wants. Anything and everything and nothing is planned. Seamless sound of bliss driving the bass harder and harder.
That is the world of Panda Tron.
Needless to say THIS IS A MUST SEE DJ. I would honestly rate him as in the top 1% of DJs on SL. I know there alot of them out there and alot of good ones but he is able to do more than most and just take it to another level.
Check out the interview below.
[18:08] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): How long have you been an active DJ in SL?
[18:09] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): a year and a half
[18:09] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): What kind of places have you DJed at?
[18:11] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): alll kinds i have djed at club opaque, club exhale, energy club, and have been in a few battles as well
[18:12] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): and have djed for elegant gypsy radio which is based off in imvu
[18:12] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): Noticed the few times i have been to some of your sets, you have a pretty decent following, What was it like when you first started? was it pretty easy to get a following or did that take some time to build?
[18:15] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): took quite a bit of time to build all this following kinda has been the end of last year and the start of this year. I remember djing for clubs with nobody in them and literally feeling like i wanted to quit djing but DJDIRTYWABBIT took me realized what was happening and molded me into what i do today, he has been an amazing mentor to me and an amazing friend, he let me have his old set at Exhale which has been nothing but a success and got me into so many battles. I literally would not be here if it wasn’t for any of my friends, Alky, Wolfsong, and my baby girl Elle, they keep me going at my worst times and are always there for me i would not trade the experiences and great times I’ve had with any of them. Then I got a lot of the following from entering into a dj battle as a nobody and then tied Bigtime to make it to the finals of the battle and just surprised everyone but starting out I literally djed for walls of clubs before no host no nothing.
[18:16] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): when made you want to DJ? everyone has something that made them want to, Be it just wanted to do and playing around with music or they saw something and wanted to try it at least. What really inspired you?
[18:17] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): what**
[18:18] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): well i started kinda djing at the age of 16 and at first it was like a hobby but the more i got into the more i grew a passion for the music and a passion for the art of djing, it is really fun and its cool because with music youcan do so much with it , music can literally change how a person feels and i really like that and if i can make people happy with my ding and make them dance then im happy
[18:19] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): SO how many years from the time you started til now have you been spinning?
[18:20] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): about 9 years
[18:20] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): What kind of setup do you use to DJ? Controller, software etc?
[18:21] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): atm i use a numark ns7II with a launchpad mini, and virtual dj 8 as my software
[18:22] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): NS7ll is a pretty nice piece of hardware. What does using the launchpad allow you to do while mixing?
[18:23] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): it lets me add beats and effects easier kinda like a drum machine kinda put my own kick on mixes and what not and hopefully down the road be able to make my own mashups
[18:24] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): So a good way to describe it would be like having a larger sample pad than what the controller offers?
18:24] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): nods
[18:25] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): pretty much more buttons XD
[18:25] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): Nice. More buttons the better!
[18:26] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): So benefits of the NS7 than a regular basic controller. Obviously more Decks but what features on it benifit the way you mix?
[18:27] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): probably one of the best features is the motorized platters with a vinyl finish to scratch like you would if you had real vynil and no needles
[18:27] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): it’s literally an all in one dream machine
[18:28] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): it even has touch mode so you can just touch the knobs and they will work by touch
[18:29] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): The Art of scratching. Something a lot of us stay away from LOL. Awesome. i was looking at the NS6 as an upgrade but i havent had a lot of free time to mess with music lately.
[18:29] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): So what kind of DJ are you. Obviously i have some clips people can get a feel from but really what all do you do and whats your fav music to mix?
[18:33] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): well i try to be a jack of all trades kinda guy i try to mix everything so im not just stuck to just one genre. I am a live mix dj so everything you hear is literally at the moment if i mess up you will know XD, plus the way my brain works it’s almost better for me that way I don’t have files of pre determined songs or any order i put them in its jsut here is all my songs lets see what i can do, no mix is the same and if someone asked me if i could do it the same way i dont think i could. My favorite genres to mix though have to be jungle and trap, just so much energy in them and it gets a crowd pumped and they love it and it just is so much fun to mix cause you can do so much with it and blend and mashups so many ways
[18:36] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): If you had to put yourself in a ranking of DJs on SL, Where do you think you stand? I have listened to alot of DJs over 9 yrs on SL and 4 yr prior out of game, So in a moment after you answer i will tell you where i see you at.
[18:42] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): well i dunno I don’t really like to put me in a ranking for who’s the best dj or not, it’s all about the music and all about the fun, iv djed with bigtime and tied him in battles, iv djed with madfly djed with vendetta but in the end there is so much for me to learn and to better myself at and i can’t really put a rank on it im still young and i have all these amazing djs who help me and make me better and that’s why i love it because no matter what there is always stuff to learn and to improve on
[18:52] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): That’s a great way to look at it and great way to never let it go through the roof. Being grounded is essential to success in the world we seem to play in. Let me give you a piece of insight real quick. I have a list of DJs from SL that i Keep. I keep it really to keep an eye on them and see kinda where they are from the first time i heard them til the time i decide i want to interview them. I don’t like posting bad reviews so I have had a few DJs whom where just horrid to interview and they have not made the site. In fact i have only had 2 DJs that I have review make the site based on interviews. DJ manager from SoHo Karole and Bigtime are the only 2 that I have posted. I have a total of 17 that have not.. It’s not that im a dick or really all that picky when it comes to what people like to play vs what I want to write about. It’s about giving people a bit of light that deserve it. Now Shay or Toxic Candy, however you know her is the person who told me I really had to check you out. So I been to a few sets at Exhale and loved what I heard and came back a few more times. And yes what i heard was truly an awesome set in my opinion. What really got me was the last time we popped over and you were DJing with Alk. Just gonna be honest. The mix was awesome like normal. Crowd was great and loving every moment of it. but it was your personal interaction with the people there that caught me and told me I needed to see when I could interview you. I don’t have to do an interview to post a review but it’s always nice to have that interaction with the person im talking with to get a feel for them has a human being. Do back to this list I have.. with what I have seen at the sets i have bounced in on. You are number 3 on my list. and it has over 320 names on it right now.
[18:54] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): ohh wow really o.0
[18:54] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): I think I just blushed in rl I’m honored
[18:56] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): Well you do an awesome job spinning and with how you treat people. its simple good combination. It works and wins. some of the others i have interviewed don’t mix nearly as well nor do they have this great vibe when they are on decks and have to talk with people. To be honest its the whole im a god complex cause im a dj and i have people who follow me around. I just cant stand that attitude with folks.
[18:58] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): I agree i have had a few incidents with those type of people i built my brand I djed for empty rooms before i know where I come from and know i’m no were near the awesomeness of some of the djs I have come in contact with but its my passion and i love the people and i love the music I don’t think I would give it up for anything
[18:59] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): Passion drives the world. Just never let it drive you insane.
[18:59] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): XD truer words have never been spoken
[19:00] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): it’s why i do tag team Tuesday nights
[19:00] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): i feature some djs cause i know how hard it is to get your name out and i wanna see other people with ym same passion grow too and be the best they are
[19:01] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): Thats always a good time.. i have done a battle or two. I’m not that great of a DJ but i love it.. i know what to listen for and can really break some things down. All the technical and ins and outs but I just don’t do it the same way others apply it. But its all about what you love to do.
[19:03] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): so whats your schedule look like and have you ever thought of possibly making or joining a group to help other DJs in the live mix category learn or even to learn from? I ask most DJs that question cause eventually one day im gonna start an organization for DJs and for that purpose.
[19:06] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): schedule is pretty much Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and friday I dj granted I work full-time in rl and i mean bigtime that dude puts in hours and puts in the work dude is my idol, but I have kinda thought about doing something like that but never knew how to put it together, but i would love to help anyone better them self and learn how to dj would be super cool to see that
[19:06] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): you don’t see that on here often and i think second life could use a program like that cause there is so much talent here
[19:07] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): Well im gonna try to gather a few DJs here in the next few weeks and see if we can make it happen. I will def include you in that if you are still interested in it when i do it
[19:07] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): it would be an honor and a pleasure to help with it trust me ^.^
[19:09] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): Sweet. We will wrap this up then. If you can just copy and paste times you work and what clubs and i will put on the site when I get the review up in the next few days.. oh one last question.. Your Avatar.. Any reason why you do a panda avatar? don’t tell me its cute and the ladies love it either.
[19:10] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): dammit you found me out XD
[19:11] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): pandas are my fave animal and this was a gimic I never thought it would have took off like it did
[19:12] DJ pAnDa TrOn (pandarav3r): but people love it and its kinda just stuck
[19:13] -Bᴇᴎᴊɨ Яᴧɢᴇ- (baels.rage): awesome.