The stars are virtually gathering for Star Jam 2021
This August was our first Virtual Star Jam! Star Jam is an annual event where Spotify community staff and the stars of the Star Program come together (usually in person) to celebrate and have fun and build close friendships with each other over the past year.
Stars are super users who spend their time volunteering to help users in the Spotify community and improve Spotify. Due to the epidemic, we could not personally do Star Jam in 2020. We all still wanted to be together and have fun, so this year the jam was practically through video calls. Going virtual was amazing because it turned out to be the most present Star Jam ever. Overcoming physical disabilities and not limiting Star Jam to the top ten contributors of the year means that more stars can join and they can do it from the comfort of their home. Oh, and we didn’t forget about the swag! The stars sent a goodie box to their home so they could still get the usual jam swag. Inside the goodie box was a notebook with stickers, a drink coaster, and an up-cycled vinyl record on the cover, all with the Star Jam 2021 logo and a vinyl record theme.
Jam (বিশেষ বিশেষ)):): a gathering where musicians play together : A song or track: A sweet spread or preserved fruit and a dense consistency made from sugar
Stars and Spotify community workers from around the world took part in this year’s jam, fFrom Brazil to Scotland to the United States. W.Speaking of participants from 14+ countries! You can check out this blog post by ub hubo here to learn more about where our jam participants came from. If you’re interested in hearing this, we’ve created a Star Jam playlist with some of our favorite jams (hehe).
Stars participating in the 2021 Virtual Star Jam:
ornosornios, @ BellaK_396, @ bittencourt,
@ Dinmite, luan, hubo,
Illy Billy-J, that look, att Matsuda,
O Noah, Sebasti, Rey Tranastasio,
Maxim, @ JPGChief, @ Brunelicia,
Martinstoichkov, ose Jose_M,
Ox Luxor, e kenu_c, ne wanbaibu,
Emilia_8, ate MatthewsM, a Maurice MV
Virtual Star Jam 2021 Agenda:
Monday – August 16:
3 Coffee Chat (hosted by ose joss_m)
To start the virtual jam, ose joss_m hosted a coffee chat video call that served as a way for us to break the ice and start the jam. During this video call we first talked about our favorite drinks and snacks and then answered questions to get to know each other better. We played some fun team games then. 3
3 Desktop Discussion Q&A (hosted by Dan from the Desktop Team)
For our second event in Virtual Jam, Dan and the rest of the desktop team hosted a video call about the new Spotify desktop app and web player. During this video call we learned more about the new desktop app and got a glimpse of what’s coming in the future. Dan and the team also answered the stars’ questions. 33 3
Tuesday – August 17:
3 Voice Q&A tone (hosted by Jack and QA process team)
During this video call we joined Jack from the QA Process team, who shared the best tips and tricks on how to have a beautiful voice tone while helping users.
3 Team building sessions (hosted by Noah)
During this team building event hosted by Team Noah, we first introduced ourselves and answered some questions such as our favorite food from our country and an artist that we would choose with us during a zombie apocalypse. We then participated in a few games to improve our communication skills. In the first game one participant describes a photo using only geometric shapes and the other participants draw explanations of their descriptions. We then shared our drawings to see how close everyone got to the original picture. In the second game, we play Gartic Phone, an online version of the classic “telephone game”. We certainly had an explosion playing this game! 33 3
3 Podcast discussion Q&A
(Hosted by Community Manager Zack on the Podcast Editorial Team)
During this video call hosted by Zack, we learned about community building around podcasts. The goal is to participate more in podcast discussions as we currently have for music.
Wednesday – August 18:
3 Confidence Workshop (hosted by Push to Christie)
During this video call hosted by Christie from Push, she spoke to us about confidence and taught us how to build self-esteem and overcome self-doubt.
3 Kian’s performance
During this video call, the amazingly talented Qian gave us a special performance of some of his songs. Kean has a great performing style of talking about the story behind the song before each song. After the performance, Qian answered our questions and we had a great time getting to know each other. 3 3
Check out a song by Qian:
Thursday – August 19:
3 Meditation session (hosted by Rachel from Push)
During this video call hosted by Rael Rachel from Push, she guided us through a relaxing meditation session. We asked questions and got great tips for meditation. 3
3 Q&A session with the editorial team (hosted by Sammy)
During this video call, Sammy talks to the editorial team about what he does. He gave us insights into the editorial process and answered our questions.
Friday – August 20:
3 Community Roundtable (hosted by community staff)
During this video call, community workers talked about the recent community reorganization and what is coming to the Star program in the future. The stars give their feedback about what they like about the Star program and how it can be improved. We also talked about imagining the future star jams as moving forward. Combined work fulfills dreams! Everyone had a really great response and this is definitely one of our favorite calls. 3 3
3 Virtual Escape Room (hosted by Inventive Productions)
During this fun escape room video call, we traded for cool nicknames in our real names and had to find clues to help a prisoner escape from a prison of maximum security. It turned out that they had “loose” security and we were able to escape. Our awesome names were: Noodles,?, Moon Man, Mrs. Diesel, Barcelona, Croton, Marshmallow, Fire Boy, Black Cat, Darth Vader, Hamster, Nobody Here, Matt Damon, The Terminator, Rob Zombie and Stargirl. Give a compliment to the amazing actors who gave us this fun experience! We were all laughing and having fun! 3 3 3
Here’s what some of the stars have to say about this year’s jam:
Ose Jose_M says:
“This virtual jam was a great way to meet many celebrities around the world and chat with those we only see as usernames in the community.“
O Noah says:
This year’s Virtual Star Jam was such an explosion and we had a lot of fun this week! Thanks to the Spotify staff who helped plan the jam and to all the stars who were in attendance! 3
Although we must have practically had fun, we are not able to connect with each other personally. During the roundtable video call, we all said that we would like to see a hybrid event in the future where some people attend in person and some can participate from home, so that the jam is more inclusive without losing the personal aspect.
We have a blog post here দ্বারা Every year since 2014 with a throwback to a personal jam by Luan if you feel nostalgic, wrap up every year. Now is a good time to go back and learn about the history behind the annual event.
If you are not a star yet, consider Join the Spotify Star program if you are a big Spotify fan and love to help in the community. No matter where you are in the world, we want you to be part of the team!