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How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part One

Thinking about ideas for a blog post series and look what I found! The Best Mix Tape EVER!!! This is what they used to be called, anyway, and mine is a little dated now (The newest track being from 2003).

The digital equivalent of the mix tape would now be The Playlist. I know a lot of us, myself included, have “playlists” for different situations. Gym mix, driving mix etc. We usually throw a pile of songs in a folder, push random, and go. How often do you skip a song though? All the time. Right? The classic albums are that for a reason. Maximum 45 minutes of continuous music. We didn’t need to skip a song, nor did we want to. For the entirety of this series I will refer to both, a Mix Tape and Playlist, as a or the  “mix“.

I’ll reveal the tracks for The Best Mix Tape EVER!!! as we go and I’ll reaveal a new mix at the end of the series. This one in particular was designed for background music at parties or for the car, with my friends (audience) in mind.

Rob Gordon does lay down a few rules for us….I’m going to add a pile more. For those not familiar with my friend Rob Gordon, here’s your introduction.
Rule #1: Start it off with a killer

You have to grab attention right away. It’s a must! You don’t want to lose your listener in the first 2 minutes of a mix but you have to leave yourself some space to move either up or down.
Best Mix Tape Ever Track 1: D’yer Mak’er – Led Zeppelin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoF4Dsd1uRU
I know what you’re thinking, Not one of their best. But keep this in mind, this song crosses a lot of genres. Reggae, Ska, Pop, Metal, Funk, Classic and Hard Rock lovers will all be right there with you, getting in the groove.

Rule #2: Take it up a notch
Best Mix Tape Ever Track 2: Lover Roller Coaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwKvwD97cf8
Two reasons to play this song next. One: More Funk. More up tempo. More fun! Two: I’ve also got my “stuck in the 90’s” Alternative buddy (which I was for a LONG time) paying attention to the mix. This song also leads us right into Rule #3: Cover songs are important.

Today’s Conclusion
I know this Mix Tape is dated, rule breaking and at times down right horrible. So much so that I can’t believe it took me weeks to make it. Here’s a question to ask yourself before you start your MIX. Who’s it for? Knowing that much can make or break a Mix, before it even starts.

To Be Continued….How To Make A Mix Tape/Playlist Part Two

  • Comment by Kelly on October 26, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    That Red Hot Chili Peppers video is one of my all time faves!

  • Comment by Julie on October 26, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I love this blog post for reminding me I should make more mixed tapes, the Rob Gordon link (how can a High Fidelity reference be bad?) and showing us the right steps to make the best tape!

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