Music seems to make every aspect of life better and with advancements in technology, you have unlimited music available to you in the palm of your hand. However, when you have so much music to listen to, it can be easy to be paralyzed by endless choices.
Everyone should have a playlist on their device of music that they can listen to whenever they want. On the other hand, creating that perfect playlist is much easier said than done.
A playlist can help you relax, energize you or help you escape to a time when things were simpler than they are now. Creating your own playlist will take diligence and time if you want to get it right.
The following are some tips to help you create your own playlist:
Take Your Time
Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy so if you want to create a great playlist, the first and foremost tip is to take your time. Clear your schedule or use a free weekend to compile songs for your playlist.
Several hours should be sufficient to create a playlist but it will depend on the playlist’s size. If you want to create a more extensive playlist, it may take you all day.
Don’t rush anything while creating a playlist and ensure you peruse enough music to create a great playlist. The last thing you want is to repeat the entire process because you rushed it the first time around.
Find Your Starting Point
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and in the same way, a great playlist will start with a single song. Therefore, if you want to create a playlist simply start with the first song.
The first step is figuring out what is the purpose of making your playlist. You obviously had an idea for a playlist before creating one and once you figure out why you made it, you can begin.
The purpose of creating a playlist may be for working out, relaxation, or partying. It may also be for an event instead of hiring a band. After you are clear on the playlist’s purpose, the first song should easily come to you.
Once you have the first song for the playlist, you can proceed with the rest of it.
Create a Playlist for the Season
We all like to listen to different songs at different times of the day and even the year. Therefore, when creating your playlist, be sure to consider the time and season to create an appropriate playlist.
Summer is an incredibly fun season where you spend a lot of time with your friends and family often listening to music. Hence a playlist of the best summer songs will be appropriate for the season. There are songs that are just right for the beach or a sunny pool party.
Moreover, you will find songs in each genre meant for each season. Therefore, you will not lack variety which is crucial for a great playlist.
Think of the Tracklist
Creating a playlist is often a matter of compiling numerous songs and thinning out the songs you want least to create a playlist of songs you do want. A great tip for creating your own playlist is to think of the tracklist. Once you find your starting song, think of other songs that would be excellent accompaniments for that song.
You should begin by dumping all the songs you would like in a playlist into one place. It will be a rough draft of your playlist which you can take the time to review and select the songs you want in the playlist.
One by one, remove the songs you don’t want in the playlist until you remain with a playlist that is just right. It may take some time to come up with a tracklist that perfectly suits the playlist.
Creating your own playlist is a matter of experimentation. If you don’t have fun creating your own playlist, then you will most likely not have fun listening to it.
It is particularly vital to experiment with different genres and songs if you are creating a party playlist. Play the songs in front of your friends and family seeing how they react to the playlist.
If you want to create a playlist for a particular mood or energy, you should try and be as wide-ranging with your song selection as possible. Failure is inevitable if you are to create a playlist that you and others will enjoy.
As mentioned above, take your time with the experimentation and the result will be a superb playlist.
Think About the Future of the Playlist
When you create a playlist, you will obviously include previous and current songs. However, the past and the present are not the only considerations for the playlist. A useful tip is to consider what the future of the playlist will be.
You should create a playlist to which you can add songs in the future. Furthermore, the new additions to the playlist in the future should enhance the playlist and not diminish it.
Consider how the music landscape is changing and which songs you might want to add to the playlist in the future. If it is too much to consider, don’t worry, you can always create a new playlist in the future.
Create a Musical Connection
Creating a playlist is much like a DJ creating a mix only with a lack of continuity between the songs. However, if you want to create a great playlist, a fantastic tip is to ensure a musical connection between the songs.
The last thing you want is to have a music playlist that is all over the place. A playlist with incoherent genres, songs that switch between opposite moods and takes you through five different emotions is not a great playlist.
If you create a playlist with songs that have a musical connection, you will have a playlist that will not only be fun to listen to but will also serve the playlist’s purpose.
To conclude, creating a playlist of your own is a challenging endeavor. The above tips will help you create a playlist that you will enjoy. Follow the tips above and I assure you, the playlist you create will be one you and your friends or family enjoy.