Sinces 2015 I´ve been building my Ibiza Deep House playlist step by step. It´s time I try to sum up some of the learning on the way so you can build your dream playlist. A playlist is in many ways like a dynamic compilation or even a record-shelf. It is meant to make it convenient for the listeners either to discover new tracks or to cover some sort of need like training, chilling on the beach having a party at home. My tips here is from an artist perspective. So feel free to share this with fellow artists, labels and managers.
Make a clear unique theme
In order for your playlist to have some sort of identity, make a clear theme or a thesis to answer to the need that the playlist cover. Also, as with songwriting, make the title unique. We REALLY don´t need any more Chill, Deep House, Mellow, TikTok, Training or Running playlists on ANY streaming service. The playlist will eventually be a part of your artist identity and the last thing you want is to be generic! The playlist might be the first time a listener finds out about you – so make that experience special!
Love your playlist
If you don´t relate to your playlist – no-one else will. Your playlist is the go to record shelf, your favourite gems. Dear to be unique and personal. Listen to your playlist at least a couple of times a week. If you are tired of one of the songs, delete it. The more you listen to stuff YOU like, the better will also Spotify serve up relevant song suggestions in Discover Weekly and other algorithmic playlists. Use that to your advantage. You might even be inspired to make music that is more you!
Share and run ads
The playlist is your online virtual set. It´s in a way your gig. And its super sharable. So why not share it. Whenever you add a new song, share that with your fans. They would love finding new music with your. Even run ads where you tell them about the great finds. Oh and make sure to properly tag the artists you talk about. They will love you back, share your tweet and repost your Instagram story. Obviously this is more likely the smaller the artist.
Make it visual
The artwork of the playlist is super important. But not only that, build a branding around it. Make suitable videos or find them on iStock to help setting the listener in the mood that the playlist is about. Users who are introduced to your playlist via a video are more likely to stay on there and understand your vision of the playlist.
You wanna work with music, the playlist is a vital part for your own discover, development and curation skills. Yep the learnings are equally applicable to when it comes to building your live set! So including playlist curation into your weekly routine. To keep some sort of structure to your work, I recommend making a private playlist called “Inbox” where you put newly found tracks. Personally I put tracks in there through the week, and go through them on the weekend so I have a clean inbox on Monday! This is also a good point to update your artist pick on Spotify, as that only lasts for 14 days.
Make a live set!
To support your playlist effort, make a live set on Youtube, Facebook or Instagram. Check out my live set on Youtube for some inspiration. This one is done with 2 action cams recorded live into OBS. Super simple and effective. The video description is a great place to promote your playlist!
from a time when sampling really started taking part of mainstream tracks and
Fatboy Slim was among one of those who pushed the bounderies. His tracks stand
the test of time!
Puretone – Addicted to Bass
classics might be one of these jams that might didnt get the attention that it
deserves. One in spiring thing about this track is how the lyrics supports the
music and the other way. Teasing sexy vocals upfront on a classic drum &
bass track. “The bass line is shooting up my spine…”
Artful Dodger – Moving Too Fast
fame kinda track this one. This track is checking on all boxes. Soulful vocals,
organic production and a superb lyrical idea.
Everything but the Girl, Missing Todd Terry Remix
will not be complete without Everything But The Girl. This band has always been
with me. It wouldnt surprise me if I know all their songs by heart. Pure love
and that extra club magic added by Todd Terry.
Gorgon City – Real
of UK house. This track is pure magic – a forever classic. Shame the Spotify
version is has lost the magic. No idea why. This one is da shit!
Route 94 – My Love ft Jesse Glynne
Glynne build her entire foundation on the dance scene mainly driven by this
track. Route 94 did a masterpiece with this one. Still works magic on the
Here´s on of those magic classic tracks that always work. I have played this in a house set, in a tech setting and in lounge sets. It´s pure magic! It also points to another of my favourit artists Everything But The Girl with the smooth vocals and airy production.
Erick Morillo – Colombiano
most playful tracks with a serious heavy beat that you simply cannot get away
from. The Speedy Gonzales sounding vocal sample over a classic Morillo beat
makes Djing a pleasure!
Sllash – Jillie Bean
the finest house interpreations of the MJ track my biggest hero! 4 minutes of
awesome groove giving prays to the big master Micheal Jackson
Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey
in my Rekordbox. Simply a masterpiece
Disclosure – Latch
if they know how important this track was gonna be when they made it? To me this is one of the tracks that made me
keep the faith in house music and despite overplaying by DJ´s this is one that
will stand out forever!
Black Coffee – Wish You Were Here
strong emotional soulful vocals. This track has that. I love organic sounding
beats. This track got it! Also this track has some special personal meaning
that ties me to a very special person. I always try to finish the night with
this one. Get the shiwers every time!
CamelPhat – Cola
started rising to the surface, tech house finally got a name among the regular
listeners. Thanks to this track people like Fisher could break through a year
later. Cola is simply a masterpiece. It also points to the future; techy beats
with sexy playful vocals – where we are still heading.