Dogs On Acid
The DOA Homepage
|Slogan||Where Music Talks!|
|Type of site||Portal|
|Owner||Vexus (previously Adam F, DJ Fresh, Grooverider and Sacha Cohen)|
|Created by||Bad Company|
|Launched||29 January 2001|
|Alexa rank||570,310 (April 2014[update])|
Dogs On Acid began life as a community on Bad Company's website, bcrecordings.com, back in 2000. One of the group's members, Dan Fresh, intended the community to be a place to discuss up-and-coming releases, mixes and gigs. Because their community grew in popularity and its content more and more covered the entire drum and bass spectrum, it was decided to start a new website under the Dogs On Acid moniker in 2001, an unusual name that stuck when Dan blurted it out as a joke while having a drink and searching for a name. Since its initiation the website grew more day by day and is currently home to the largest online drum and bass community and is arguably the largest website in its genre.
Next to a community which holds over 87,000 members, the website features: an Editorial section, stores selling merchandise and - in cooperation with Track It Down - online music downloads, an image gallery, an online radio and an audio section, showcasing the latest tracks from the scene. The Grid, the website's music production section, is the birthplace of many new D&B talent. Noisia, Mistabishi, Pendulum, Alix Perez, Danny Byrd and Data to name a few, were regular contributors before gaining any mainstream popularity. Next to this, most D&B artists and promoters are or were regular contributors to the community. Dogs On Acid also runs various music labels: Breakbeat Kaos, Dogs On Acid and Under Construction (See BBK Sublabels) and promotes and organises various parties worldwide.
Public perception, controversy and rivalry
Dogs on Acid's arch-rivals are Drum and Bass Arena. The rivalry spawns from the fact that both portals are arguably the two biggest content-filled websites for the drum and bass genre on the internet. Today the relationship between both forums are light-hearted, where both production sub-forums have competitions for best track and mixes; bringing the comprehensive community together. Much of DOA's users are considered more international whereas DnB Arena is a site mainly aimed at UK; although a few members post on both.
Jungle Sound Gold
The Drum & Bass group Pendulum started much of their activity on DOA, before and during their time being signed to Breakbeat Kaos (BBK), posting on the board and helping other producers on production forum the 'Grid'. During this time DOA was to become the first board to get hit with any news of their releases, also causing the group to be hit with many questions on the production side. Following the success of Pendulum's Slam and Hold Your Colour, Fresh decided to release a compilation CD entitled Jungle Sound Gold Edition. Pendulum responded to the thread stating they had no idea about the release nor gave any permission. Rob Swire responded by admitting no knowledge of the album's release, and that it had nothing to do with the band. Rob also stated they gave Fresh & Adam F low quality tracks to be used for a set and not for releases.
We didn't approve and in fact strongly disapprove of the 'Junglesound Gold' artwork, especially in relation to our name being unfairly used as an advertisement - plainly an attempt to link 'Junglesound Gold' to the recent success of 'Hold Your Colour'.
As a result of the above, we do not endorse 'Junglesound Gold' at all.
One of the few threads causing uproar within the forum and gaining over a thousand replies & 141,000 views in the space of 4 weeks from Rob's post. News of the scandal spread quickly, even being mentioned on Radio 1's Drum & Bass show only a week later. Fresh was also accused by various members for deviously capitalizing on Pendulum's sudden success. Since the incident, Fresh gave his statement (although by this point the CD was out) and Pendulum left the label. On 18 June 2007 Fresh released Pendulum's last 12" Single: Blood Sugar / Axle Grinder along with a special edition ‘Hold Your Colour’ CD.
Pendulum Vs DOA
Although Pendulum (which at that time included Rob Swire, Paul Harding and Gareth McGrillen) felt the forum began to become negative and cut ends with BBK & Fresh they continued posting on the portal. Once the track Granite was released Pendulum became ridiculed by various members for their change in style and being accused of "Selling out" for mainstream success. Although the album was highly successful the band continued to receive heavy sarcasm and accusations for killing the genre from various members, described by the board as 'haters'. Pendulum responded by saying "if we 'killed drum and bass' last time, this is the final nail in its coffin." As the album continued to do well in the mainstream (including Propane Nightmares peaking at #9 in the UK Singles Chart) the band continued to be criticised by DnB enthusiasts, to the point where in March 2009 the band were booed at the Drum and Bass awards from certain enthusiasts for "selling out" "sounding more rock and having a different style to their preceding album". After receiving a heavy amount of criticism Pendulum decided to respond one more time and left the forum and have never posted since.
The Grid (Production side) holds monthly Q&A Sessions where posters and members get to ask (mainly productive) questions to notable producers and artists. Members of the grid also collaborate to their 'Grid wiki'. The board holds more ambiguous discussions than in its early days. Regardless of the fact that Drum & Bass Isn't discussed as much this hasn't hindered the website; only leading them to receive just as much members as before. The board is still favoured for having discussions and debates on varied music and not just drum and Bass, it brings even notable DJs to post their opinions such as radio one's Grooverider or Mary Anne Hobbs. Mary Anne announced during an interview "Everything happens on-line. The forums and the bloggers are running things - dubstepforum.com and dogsonacid.com are phenomenal". The forum is often compared with dubstepforum like it once was with DNBA.
Although Fresh is still listed as a shareholder of Dogs on Acid, he recently mentioned that he no longer has anything to do with the running of the forum or website. It is unknown whether he still holds his share.
Developments (DOA V3)
The website is based on an old version of VBulletin and was purportedly scheduled for a major refurbish in 2010. The aim of this development was to make the website more of a Web 2.0 community[according to whom?] involving mash-ups from soundcloud and other MP3 stores. According to an old thread, some of these changes were purportedly being tested around 2008.
It was announced on Friday 17 December 2010 that 'DOA V3' would go live on the following Monday. However, this failed to happen with the site's owner instead stating that there was "no exact date" for the changeover.
During the week of 17 January 2011, many of the bugs that plagued the site redesign were worked on. DOA pushed through its V3 revisions in 2011 and celebrated a decade of existence.
On 23 September 2013, the forum was taken offline with no explanation as to why it was taken down. In a quickly set up alternative forum, several of the former forum moderators pledged to find a way to resurrect the website. However, in January 2014, the site was relaunched under new ownership, with updated design and servers. 
The site went offline in October 2013 due to financial problems, before the sale of the domain to a user named "Vexus". On the 10 January 2014, a placeholder page appeared on the original domain stating that the site would be "Renamed. Rebranded. Relaunched".
The Facebook account repeated the message on the website, whereas the Twitter account had the message "RIP DOA". However, in late January, the site was relaunched under the name "Mixspace", sporting a new design, but keeping the existing forums and database. Due to the Dogs on Acid branding being more popular, the site soon reverted back to its original name. 
- Nominated for Best Website at the Accelerated Culture Awards 2003, 2nd place
- Nominated for Best Website at the BBC XtraBass Awards 2007, 2nd place
- Mentioned in the July 2008 issue of KMag as one of "the top 100 most important moments in Drum & Bass"
- Nominated for Best Music Forum during MTV's second annual Online Music Awards, 2011.
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