Why playlists?


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Discovering new music of artists from around the world is amazing!

I think in this digital age, a music curator is somehow an e-traveller!
He e-meets artists and hears their stories,
watches their experiments and musical journeys,
helps them reach new fans,

it is lovely!

Why I curate playlists?

I do this for the love of music. I also like to support artists, musicians and producers to get heard by making it possible for them to submit their music to the playlists I curate. As a musician myself, I can probably understand how it can feel when you and your team have worked a lot on writing and producing a new song or album and all you want in the world is to put it out there and see people listening to it and hear their comments on different aspects of your latest release.

Since childhood I have been a sheer music lover and used to make mixtapes and compilations on CDs, Cassette and VHS tapes and lend them to friends around. As I grew older, I kept going with making music compilations and moved my playlists to audio/video streaming platforms such as Deezer, Spotify and YouTube. During the recent years, I saw a growth of the number of followers and music submissions and I’m really happy to see that near 14 000 people have found them interesting so far. It gave me a sense of responsibility to dig more for new music discoveries for the followers and check the music submissions more often. Lovely! With near 500 track submissions each month, I’m immersed in new music everyday! Thanks for that everyone! 🙂

Besides that, I really love to listen to and pay attention to the details in the music. I love to experience creative and high quality tracks which combine beautiful melodies, true feelings and convincing lyrics with a high level of musicianship that make you think and experience the world from a new perspective. It’s like a daily meditation that I disconnect myself from this crazy world. I just sit in my home studio and focus on a song or album and see what the artist has to say, how good the song is produced and if I can connect with her/his craft. It’s a routine that I somehow can’t live without.

Take this song as an example. Imagine you are focusing on Retrograde by James Blake and listening through it again and again with a high volume for half an hour and experiencing it for real. How does it feel? Isn’t it a beautiful and creative song that makes you think? Do you recognize the beauty and warmth of the vocal? Those lovely modular synth sounds? The rising and falling quality of drama and intensity of cinematic sounds and ambience?

Or this one. Remembering by Avishai Cohen. Besides the beautiful melody itself, can you hear all those natural sounding frequencies of the Piano, Double Bass and Drums? The orgy of all those wide, dynamic and well produced sounds and ambience?

And finally this one. Collapse / Collide by Archive. Can you feel the gentle and well-crafted build up of all the instruments and vocals that takes almost 6 minutes to finally deliver the main message of the song in the chorus at 5:40?

They’re correcting
They correct my heart
They’re rejecting
They reject our hearts
Now we’re all stoned
They’ve ripped it all apart
Collapse, collide

This song was moving me so much that I was listening to it near 10 times per day for a while. Finally, I took my bass one day, played along with it and recorded a video of the whole thing, which can be watched here.

Is there anything artists or followers can do in return? 👏 🤝

I do appreciate if you help to keep the independent music alive. Be a good fellow! Support me as well as artists who have their tracks in the playlists in whatever way that works best for you. Come on! You know how you can help if you are an artist and have been going through all the hardships of getting your music heard! These came to my mind just to name a few:

    • Share, tweet or post about the playlist and let your fans and friends know if the tracks in it are something for them. You don’t really need to thank me in your posts if your track is added to a playlist. Simply focus on the music and make it possible for them to enjoy the playlist as much as you did. As an example, you can let them know how you liked a playlist or where and how they can enjoy it the most in your opinion. While driving? Relaxing in the evenings? Partying on the weekends? Some lovely coziness in bed with headphones on? Lying on the couch and designing something in your head? And so on..You get the idea!
    • Tell your musician friends about the possibility to submit their music tracks. It may help them for their upcoming album or single release
    • Print simple PDF version of the submission instructions and pin it to the notice board in your local or university practice rooms or cultural centers or if you own a studio and produce, record, mix and master for other musicians, hang this somewhere so visitors can also have a look at it
    • Follow playlists and social channels
    • Subscribe to the Newsletter. It will include some hand-picked tracks with a ΞGood StuffΞ badge on them every now and then!

If you want to get in touch, you can reach me here and have a chat. For music submissions take a look at this page. You can also read the blog here.

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Mixtapes made for the love
of music.