You must give consideration to the qualities of music that will be present at an event (style, organization, volume, pulse, duration, purpose, etc.). But try going deeper, learn more about your audience and understand a smidge of what legitimate, talented DJs think about when designing the auditory landscape of an event.
Too often nowadays, a DJ is simply someone with a MacBook and tens of thousands of illegally downloaded MP3 or FLAC files and just clicking “Play” or “Next Track.” (I’m not saying most DJs are like this; I’m just saying that I’ve seen it too often.) But there’s a lot more that should be decided.
In the latest episode of Monocle’s “Culture With Rob Bound” podcast, Bound speaks with DJs and music pros from around the world—South America to the Middle East—to understand various elements of import for creating the perfect playlist. For instance, how long should my playlist be? Answer: A two-hour loop, minimum, explains music industry expert Rebecca Grierson during the first chapter of the show (How do you soundtrack a hotel?).
If a 30-minute-long show is too much of a time investment for you right now, click the links below to go directly to the episode’s different chapters.
How do you soundtrack a hotel? (8 mins.)
The art of the playlist (6 mins.)
How do you soundtrack an advertisement? (7 mins.)
On analogue playlists… (3 mins.)