Mixtape. Not playlist, not track listing, MIXTAPE. In an age when it’s all too easy to shove a load of songs on a playlist, hit shuffle, and sit back listening to the same songs every time in a different order, the art of creating a perfect Mixtape has been lost somewhat. Obviously, a slight upgrade is needed because no one wants to be having to remove a cassette tape and using a pencil to wind the tape back in when the boom box inevitably decides to try and chew it up….

Here are a few tips:

THEME

Not an essential, but the general rule is that mixtapes always have a theme, and is not just a random selection of songs. It doesn’t have to be overly complex, themes such as “House party”, “Road trip” or “Sunday mornings” work perfectly well. Don’t over think it.

START & END STRONG

In my opinion, these are the most important songs on the whole list, as they will be remembered the most. Start upbeat (depending on the theme), and end with something that completes the Mixtape, and doesn’t make it seem incomplete. Epic is good, don’t be afraid of being experimental. Artists have been using this technique on their albums for years. Muse ending “Black Holes & Revelations” on “Knights of Cydonia” was a stroke of genius, and to be honest, and absolute game changer for the band.

LENGTH

Don’t overdo it. A playlist of 100 + songs for a party is all well and good, but how many of those great songs get lost in the shuffle, if you will pardon the pun. My advice would keep it short-ish. Between 12 and 18 songs should abut do it. Or alternatively, try to keep it under an hour.

REPEATING

Don’t put the same artist on twice. Just don’t. Unless…. In fact, just don’t do it. There are plenty of amazing artists out there so you don’t need to recycle.

TRY AND TRY AGAIN

As Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity said, “To me, making a Mixtape is like writing a letter – there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again”. Basically, you won’t get it right the first time. Experiment with the listing and the order, have fun with it! As an aside, if you have not seen the High Fidelity film starring John Cusack & Jack Black, stop reading this immediately and watch it. You won’t regret it.

EMBRACE FEEDBACK

Your musical taste won’t be for everyone, that’s a given, but don’t be offended if someone offers a critique of your Mixtape. They may have a great point that should be considered, or even better, recommend a song that you won’t have thought of that fits your Mixtape like a glove. Music is an art form, and like art is subjective. That’s the beauty of it.

DAMSON’S FINAL THOUGHT…

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