Meet The Rec Deck, the game-changing platform for music sharing at UBC


Breaking into the music community can be intimidating; vinyl records are expensive and often seem elite, and trying out new music equipment is overwhelming when you don’t know where to start.

This is why Musa Habib, integrated engineering student in fourth year, created The recreational platform. An initiative of the Blank Vinyl Project (BVP), the online platform provides UBC students with an accessible way to share music and musical material.

The idea for The Rec Deck, he explained, came after COVID-19 closed record stores and put an end to socialization. He had just bought a new stereo and wanted to connect with other people by listening and sharing music with them.

But when Habib posted about it on Facebook, no one responded. “I thought there should be some kind of platform for people trying to meet based on their love for records,” he said. Since vinyls are so expensive, he added, there should be a way to see the ones your friends have so that you can “meet and maybe listen to some tunes”.

Habib introduced the website at a BVP retreat last year, where he met Elsa Doxtdator-Jansson, a Sauder student who is finishing her business degree. They decided to collaborate on the project and extended it from sharing recordings to instruments and audio equipment.

The website launched on November 6 and is “completely free” to use. Students can register and create profiles with information about the equipment they have and personal details such as their musical tastes, social networks and whether they are looking for band members.

“It’s totally up to you what you want to post about yourself, how you want people to contact you. And if someone contacts you, it’s up to you how you respond to them, ”Habib explained.

In addition, the website has a forum with two sections: the “main board” for general discussion and the forum inventory. On the main deck, for example, a student wishing to discuss a new recording could post a message and the other members could respond. Then they could make plans to meet and listen to him.

Forum inventory is a way to see what other members have. It is divided into four categories – instruments and accessories, vinyl, audio and recording, and others – where people can download whatever they own. That way, if a student is looking for a certain guitar, they can use the website to find someone with that guitar in their inventory and ask them to try it out.

“The Rec Deck still has that record-breaking vibe,” Habib said. “It’s kind of the baseline. “

This is what gives the platform its sense of community. After all, there is something special about listening to music with others, which makes you feel connected to those around you.

“It’s online, but we also want to have a real community,” said Doxtdator-Jansson. “Just bring people together and use the website as a tool [for that]. “


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