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My Ultimately Alternative Relationship with PJ Harvey – Part 3

16 January 2021

I slip out of bed, stagger in the dark, bounce off the door frame to my office, power-up my laptop, stumble to the kitchen, turn on the coffee machine, quickly turn it off, grab a mug from the cupboard, try again.

As much as I’d love to be the kind of person who wakes up beating my chest and singing PJ Harvey’s “Me Jane” to start the day, all I’ve got to motivate me this morning is, “Ahh, coffee.” Which is more than most mornings, at least.

My Ultimately Alternative Relationship with PJ Harvey – Part 2

24 November 2020

“Alternative music is a bit vague,” Adam says.

“Embodies the spirit of alternative?” I ask. This is the first time I’ve been able to meet up with both of my fellow expat friends since the pandemic began.

“Grunge?” Lauren pulls a duck face.

Ghosts of music past aside, genres in almost any media are easy to define, but alternative? Even the Grammy organization has changed the definition a half dozen times since 1991, “as recently as last year,”…

My Ultimately Alternative Relationship with PJ Harvey – Part 1

10 November 2020

“4-Track Demos,” my friend Adam — who used to be semi-obsessed with PJ Harvey — says.

“Yep,” Lauren agrees. “4-Track.”

I’m trying to remember the first PJ Harvey album I ever owned and make the mistake of saying it only included three or four tracks, but 4-Track Demos was released in 1993 and this isn’t it…

Why Is Music Important?

23 October 2020

Why is music important? A question that’s not always easy to answer, but one we had a right good go of answering all the same. See what our global community of playlist curators have to say about why music truly matters to them!

Live Streaming, Discord Servers, Musicto Artist Newsletter – #3

22 May 2020

With Covid turning the world upside down artists are looking for different strategies to engage their fans as well as keep themselves busy. Here’s the skinny from people who know what they’re talking about with regards to: Live Streaming, Twitch, Discord Servers and more.

6 Ways I’ve been Staying Productive As A DJ During Lockdown’ – Mel Low D

22 May 2020

Professional DJ Mel Low D shares 6 things she’s been doing to stay productive during lockdown, with tips that apply to creatives all round

Staying Productive with Remy Sounds

22 May 2020

In this six minute youtube video, producer, DJ and festival runner Remy Sounds shares some of the ways he’s been staying productive during lockdown

Top 5 Reasons Every Band Should Have a Discord Server – CelticWolfTV

21 May 2020

What if I were to tell you about an app that can effectively marry all of your online identities and streamline the way you communicate with your audience – or better yet – how your audience communicates with you?

‘5 things I wish I’d known when I started streaming’ – Jared from Shaping The Silence

21 May 2020

In this post, Jared shares ‘five tips for how to start and improve your live stream as a musician. Lately, it’s become very important for musicians to live stream, but how can you make your stream stand out?’

Musicto Artist Newsletter – #2

5 March 2020

In this second edition of the musicto artist newsletter, the focus is on identity.

We all know the pain of trying to come up with a name for our project that feels like it fits, only to find it’s been taken by a Metallica tribute act from Birmingham, or – as was the case with our video interview below – launching a project with the wrong name and deciding to pull your album from distribution in order to get it right.

Interview with Kristen Olsson – Music to Escape Reality

4 March 2020

You find a lot of different characters in the music business. There’s no shortage of try-hards and dreamers, trying to ‘make it big’ for reasons only their own ego understands. It’s always refreshing then to chance upon someone who is here for the right reasons—for the love of the craft, for the desire to create beautiful art.

Kristen Olsson is one such person. From writing songs on Martha’s Vineyard to singing jazz in New Orleans, it’s clear that for her, music isn’t a vain pursuit of followers or streams. For her, music is a way of life. It’s who she is.

It’s all about identity.

Interview With First the Winter – Video Playlist

4 March 2020

Andrew, founder of musicto.com talks with Aili and Jimmy from Washington state based First the Winter about Identity.

Music to Fight Evil – 100 Tracks!

30 January 2020

Have you ever listened to Music to Fight Evil?

Have you ever taken time to read the write ups?

I’m writing to highly recommend it!

🙂

On the week that Jon publishes his 100th track I thought it might be cool to throw a little spotlight on one of the true OG playlists on musicto…

Musicto Artist Newsletter – #1

30 January 2020

Hello and welcome to the first musicto artist newsletter – a regular event featuring everything from digital marketing strats and playlist insights, to case studies and stories from artists just like you.

In this first edition, we’ll be concerning ourselves with Spotify playlists and with the pitfalls of starting out in the music industry – two topics I imagine we’re all very familiar with. We’ll also be turning the spotlight on our featured playlist, Music to Explore Everything. And if you find this information helpful, be sure to let us know!..

Interview with Easy Comes Home

22 January 2020

Christian: I think the EP came simply because I had a decent amount of songs on my hard drive that I liked. I try to listen to a lot of different genres and I want my music to reflect my listening habits. I’ll really take from anything that inspires me, so my process usually leaves me with a wide variety of songs and styles. I would feel a bit like I’m betraying my style if I only released one song; that’s just not how I think, and it wouldn’t be an accurate depiction of who I am as a musician…

5 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started My Music Career

17 January 2020

We live in a truly unique time to be musicians. The internet has so dramatically altered the landscape that those who dominated the horizon as recently as a decade ago barely recognise it anymore. I cut my teeth on the music scene back when the social utility of the internet was barely more than a few MySpace pages and MSN screen names, and it was common knowledge that the only way to ‘make it’ in this business was to land a major record deal. To put it simply, it was the kind of pursuit that was regarded as little more than an airy pipe dream, and to believe otherwise was to be very foolish indeed…

5 Things I’ve Learned From Being A Music Curator + One More Thing

20 December 2019

We can learn a lot from every experience we live, sometimes from a good one, other times from a bad one, from stuff we hear or see, from old and new experiences we can understand better or simply get more confused.

This is what I have learned in my small time as a music curator…

Why Be A Music Curator?

7 December 2019

Let’s just start by reminding you that this is just a very personal view on a topic that can embark millions of different perspectives, humans are complex and we’re all moved by different things, but having said that, I thought this was a proper moment to share why I think being a music curator is a great thing to do…

Love Thy Music Curator As Thyself

18 November 2019

Picture this, you are a young aspiring artist and you’ve just gotten your song back from mastering. Now, it’s time to unleash your music to the world so millions can hear it and be dazzled by it. You upload your tune on Spotify and Apple Music through TuneCore, CD Baby or some other aggregator. There’s only one problem. Nobody knows it’s there…

5 Reasons Why I Love Being a Music Curator

13 November 2019

Have you ever gotten praise for your song selections when you blast your playlist through the speakers at a barbecue or in a car full of people?

Isn’t that one of the best feelings ever?

7 Reasons to Hate Music Curators

7 November 2019

I get it.

You have a strong dislike towards Music Curators.

But is it justified?

You notice your eyes twitch every time you check musicto.com for the Track of the Week. Have Music Curators somehow become both the kid you hate – the one who sits like a right angle in front of the class, raising their hand before the question is asked, AND the kid you hate – the one who sits like a protractor in the back of the class, talking noise with their crew about how no one uses geometry in real life?

Interview With Jakebob – Sam Sharp

24 September 2019

Recently Sam from the music to Make You Wobble playlist had the chance to chat with fellow Producer and MC Jakebbob about his current release: Wold Whistle Dub:

Sam: (about wolf whistle) What made you revisit the track you originally released on Southpoint as an instrumental with the new vocal structure?..

What Do We Look For In New Playlist Curators?

24 September 2019

Andrew, founder of musicto.com talks with Maria from Music to Explore Everything about what we look for in new curators – the behaviors and qualities that we think make a good playlist curator.

Sonya Alexander – Music to Curator Interview

20 September 2019

My name is Sonya Alexander, I currently reside in New York City. I’m a freelance writer.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do? What Do You Enjoy About It?

I’ve always loved writing, because I’ve always loved informing people and entertaining them. ..

Ben Young – Music to Curator Interview

13 September 2019

My name is Ben Young, just moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Spent the first half of my life in California, from the San Francisco Bay Area to San Diego. Spent the last half of my life in the South, from Georgia to Virginia. I currently lead a national contact center for one of the largest parking companies in the world…

Kenneth Alan – Music to Curator Interview

21 August 2019

Peace everyone, I’m Kenneth Alan, live from The Bay Area California.

Currently working with my pops n brother in the framing business. This allows me the time and freedom to put the necessary training and energy into my personal art, dance…

Interview With Tim D’Agostino of Freestyle Beats & Instrumentals

13 August 2019

Andrew sits down with Independent Curator Tim D’Agostino who runs the popular Freestyle Beats & Instrumentals Spotify playlist. With over 22,000 subscribers it is Spotify’s most popular Hip Hop Instrumental list…

Maria Lehua Fish – Music to Curator Interview

9 August 2019

Hi there world! I am Maria Lehua Fish, originally from Kaua’i, Hawai’i but hanging in Petaluma, CA at the moment – a little north of San Francisco.

I currently live my life by walking doggos, farming vegetables/flowers, a smidge of digital marketing and putting on secret live music shows around San Francisco – all whilst cruzing around in an old Subaru outback with the windows down and the music always a little too loud. All in an effort to spend more time with plants, music, and allowing time to create all the art I possibly can…

Mert Turan – Music to Curator Interview

29 July 2019

Hi I’m Mert from Turkey. I study at Middle East Technical University. Currently I’m too busy enjoying the summer in beautiful Florida.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do? What Do You Enjoy About It?

Creating playlists have been one my favorite ways to ease my mind. I love spending time with hundreds of albums and trying to make sure every single track is in its right place. For sure, I knew I wanted to do something with music but, I would never guessed I could get a job like this…

Interview With Hector Tamburi of Ekhtronic – Henry González

26 July 2019

Would you introduce yourself to our audience?

Hi everyone my name is Hector Tamburi and I am the one behind Ekhtronic

Where do you live and what do you currently do for a living?

I’m always traveling for a few months, right now I am in Argentina. I work with other bands in the studio, Live shows and Dj sets.

What’s your first musical memory?…

Nikola Batinic – Music to Curator Interview

9 July 2019

What is good everybody! My name is Nikola and I am from San Jose, California. Currently, I am a full-time undergrad student at Sonoma State University studying Economics. I will be graduating in May 2020. I am also a server and catering assistant for a few different wineries and event companies within the Bay Area and help my dad at his auto repair shop whenever I get the chance. My hobbies include making music with my friends, hiking, and going to concerts…

Mussie Fitsum – Music to Curator Interview

27 June 2019

My name is Mussie Fitsum and I am from Silver Spring, Maryland in the United States. I am currently a rising senior at the University of Maryland. I also have my own music blog, tuneexpressions.com, which I have been very lazy with. I am hoping to revamp it this summer though with a consistent posting schedule…

Brent Faulkner – Music to Curator Interview

18 June 2019

Hey world! My name is Brent Faulkner, and I hail from the United States, specifically the Bluegrass State, Kentucky. I’m originally from the city of Danville, but currently live and work in the ‘big city,’ Louisville, as an elementary music teacher.  Also, on the side, I maintain my own music blog/website, The Musical Hype, which features music reviews, interviews, and evergreen music lists (“playlists”)…

Tommi Tikka – Music to Curator Interview

31 May 2019

My name is Tommi Tikka and I live in Finland currently. I have a governmental position working with languages and am in a band called The Impersonators. I also write songs for other artists. And then there’s this blog called Music to Celebrate Life that you might have heard of. LOL.

Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It? Okay. So, I’m not sure what the word “this” in the question is referring to, so I will assume it refers to question 1 in its entirety. Here goes…

Fab Four And The Russian Pirates Of Sound

18 May 2019

Did you ever visit St. Petersburg in the early nineties?

If you did, my next question to you is: How many pirate CDs/DVDs did you bring home with you?

Quite a few, no doubt. A box set of the sitcom Friends perhaps? Or Sting’s entire catalog? Or maybe you just bought a few famous CDs like The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd and Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen…

Caitlin Moss – Music to Curator Interview

23 April 2019

My name is Caitlin Moss. I live in Los Angeles, CA in the United States. I currently teach music and work as a drummer in a few bands. 

Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It? I’ve wanted to be a musician since I started playing drums over 20 years ago. I’ve always loved the way playing drums feels, getting to be with other musicians, creating new things, being in the moment and performing in front of people. I didn’t realize I wanted to teach until I was working with youth in another capacity and realized how much I enjoyed it…

Cam Bigelow – Music to Curator Interview

29 March 2019

My name is Cam Bigelow and I’m from San Francisco CA, USA

Outside of being a curator for the Music to Practice Yoga Playlist, I work for a tech startup called Asana in San Francisco. On the side, I teach yoga part time at CorePower and run an online men’s group….

Henry González – Music to Curator Interview

5 March 2019

My name is Henry González, I’m from Bogotá, Colombia, born and raised. I’m currently a student, rediscovering my life path. I studied music and graduated as a classical pianist, among other studies, but decided to take my life on a different path, so I’m currently studying Ayurveda, among other things, and have dedicated my life to find ways to heal and to seek wellness…

Aarushi Aggarwal – Music to Curator Interview

21 February 2019

My name is Aarushi and I live in Delhi, India where I am a student. Hopefully not for long though; I graduate in May.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do? What Do You Enjoy About It?

Yes, this is something I have wanted to do at least for the last 6 years. I realised I loved discovering new music and what bummed me out was people’s low tolerance towards new and good music. Everyone listens to the same kind of generic stuff that everyone else is listening to. As a result, some great artists and great music get ignored. My aim was to bring the less heard music to people: it started with me sharing music with friends and now it extends to the world. I get a kick out of people telling me that they loved what I introduced them to. 

Noka Agudah – Music to Curator Interview

11 February 2019

My name is Noka Agudah and I live in Lagos, Nigeria. I am an intellectual Property lawyer in sports and entertainment.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do? What Do You Enjoy About It?

I wouldn’t say it is something i have always wanted to do but i have always loved making playlists and having my songs of the moment easily accessible..lol. I love that when i listen to an amazing track, i get to share it with other people and i like that i also get to write my feelings, thoughts on the track…

Interview With Blake Byrd of FLOCK – Date Or Dance

27 January 2019

Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Blake Byrd from the band FLOCK. Their new single “Date or Dance” is already out streaming on Spotify – if you’re up for some high energy pop with a feel good groove that’ll take you back to your High School Prom (or even to your forthcoming engagement!) – you gotta check it out – it’s a blast.

(Re)Mixing It Up – An Interview with Save the World Featured Artist SWACQ

29 October 2018

As a music curator, I’m sent a lot of music. But every so often, I’m hit with something that completely stops me in my tracks. Dutch producer SWACQ’s remix of ‘Faded Away‘ by Sweater Beats & Icona Pop is well and truly Music to Save the World! to (you can read about why here,) and had rightly been our featured track for the month of October.

With a catalogue that spans a huge range of styles and includes collaborations with the likes of Tiësto, Nicky Romero and Justin Mylo not to mention the frequent spins on the iconic Hardwell on Air collections – SWACQ is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the world of electronic music…

Lyris Greene – Music to Curator Interview

17 October 2018

My name is Lyris Greene aka DJ Lyris. I’m originally from Nashville, TN and I’m a dj/vibe curator in Atlanta, GA. 

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

Yes, music curation is actually something I’ve been doing since I was younger…

Paul Sims – Music to Curator Interview

10 October 2018

Music to Shake a Hoof, came from a friends comment ‘I’d shake a hoof to that’ I’d heard it said before but in this context it was instantly recognisable as meaning to dance and that is what the list is all about, looking for new dance music, doesn’t matter what genre, It’s just got to have a groove to make you shake that hoof…

Matt Jenko – Music to Curator Interview

3 October 2018

My name is Matt Jenko, and I live in the UK. I spend my time illustrating, animating, composing and producing music for my project Ellipsis, and I’m the first (and second!) artist to release a track through Music to…

Putting the Heart Back into Music – An Interview with Frank Iengo

7 September 2018

When ‘Blackout’ first landed in my inbox, I was absolutely taken aback by its sheer atmospheric depth, sonic unpredictability and masterful production quality. There was no doubt that I needed to meet the mind behind the music, Pynk64 – aka Frank Iengo. Frank has been active in the music industry for almost two decades, and in that time his musical dealings have spanned house, chillout, pop, hip hop, R&B, soundtracks and movie scores and, in his own words, ‘anything else that inspires me’. Frank has been involved in numerous projects during his artistic tenure, including Surfers, Aguadulce, Nevrotype, Dynamicode, Relaxingvibe, and of course, Pynk64…

I Don’t Love You – New Video

30 August 2018

If you happen to be female – between 35 and 55 – love classic pop and remember 80’s bands like Aha, Mr. Mister and enjoy a good jangly guitar – then you should definitely check this out 😉

Interview With UK Producer Matt Jenko – Himalaya

18 July 2018

Last week I had the pleasure of once again chatting with UK Producer Matt Jenko about his new release, Himalaya.  This is the second track released through the new Music to label and we’re super stoked to have Matt on board.

Himalaya was purpose written for Matt’s own playlist – Music to Save The World and is a natural progression from his first track – Clarity.

Interview With Malibu Soma

16 July 2018

“To whoever is reading this, I implore you to look for music that goes beyond what is mainstream. Find artists who are really making things because they’re passionate about the music and the creation process, not because they want clout or money or whatever. There are so many amazing artists out there that are struggling to make ends meet because the big blogs or labels aren’t giving them a chance because they’re not a surefire money maker like these trashy money-machine artists…

Himalaya by Ellipsis – Music to Track

6 July 2018

We’re stoked to announce the launch and distribution of our second home grown Music to track – Himalaya.  Working once again with UK producer Matt Jenko of Ellipsis, this time we’ve gone with another Chillhop style track…

Jon Ewing – Music to Curator Interview

28 June 2018

“Music to Fight Evil is collection of songs by and about people whose rights – and in some cases lives – are under threat. It’s for anyone who needs inspiration to fight back against injustice…“

Ashlee Villaseñor – Music to Curator Interview

10 June 2018

 My name is Ashlee Villaseñor. I live in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas in the US. I just graduated from college so I’m just trying to figure out my life, honestly.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I love sharing music. I love making my friends playlists. I love finding new music, so being able to be in charge of a playlist and share it to the world is awesome!

From Tin Pan Alley To Spotify: Music And Its Many Formats

10 June 2018

My ten-year-old son asked me the other day which Spotify playlists I listened to when I was a kid. I started laughing and told him that we didn’t have Spotify back then. And since I had just told him a few days before that none of the games he is playing on his iPhone existed when I was younger, he looked at me long and hard and finally asked, “If you didn’t have any of this stuff, what did you guys have on your iPhones then?” I looked at him equally long and finally said, “We didn’t have iPhones.”

Johnathan Fludd – Music to Curator Interview

3 May 2018

My name is Johnathan Fludd I was born and raised in Philadelphia but I currently live in San Antonio. Right now I’m just focusing on college, I’m not working at the moment.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I think it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always hated the music on the radio and enjoyed searching for new music. The feeling of finding a song you love that you would have never found if you weren’t digging is amazing…

Azwani Monroe – Music to Curator Interview

25 April 2018

My name is Azwani Monroe from Los Angeles, California and I’m currently going to SCAD for graphic design.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

Playlist curation has always been really fun and I’m so glad that I found Music to because it allows me to share new music with a much larger audience. My favorite part about adding new songs to my playlist is the interaction you can have through listeners through social media.

Kara Bean – Music to Curator Interview

18 April 2018

Hi there, my name’s Kara Bradford, I’m living in Pasadena CA in the USA, and I’m currently a student, swim coach, and songwriter! 

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I make playlists for myself pretty constantly, so making the switch over to doing it professionally was as easy as pie. I love being able to share the amazing songs I find, as well as songs that I love. I also love getting to utilize my skill in prose to describe what I’m listening to and why I love them! Sharing music has always been a joy of mine, so curating for me just makes sense. 

Interview With Matt Edible & the Obtuse Angels

13 April 2018

And here we are with the artist of this week. The guy who brought us a new anthem to sing with “God Gave Rock and Roll”, but making it clear in half the time. Nothing against Argent, but is a good point when the message can be sent a bit shorter…

Jesse Albrecht – Music to Curator Interview

12 April 2018

Jesse, Nowheresville, Wisconsin, USA.  I’ve been self employed for almost 20 years doing fun corporate logo stuff, an artists dream.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I wouldn’t say that I ever really gave it a thought, it just kinda fell in my lap. I’ve always enjoyed sharing music/making a mix tape for friends, so there’s that, but I think I really enjoy listening to a LOT of new music.

Chris McCann – Music to Curator Interview

4 April 2018

I’m Chris McCann. I live in Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. I’m owner/operator of Noosa Decorating, and I specialise in artisan paint and lime based finishes.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I’ve always loved exploring and sharing new music but I’ve only recently moved over to the streaming world. I still buy copies of albums though – there’s nothing better than having the real McCoy and not a compressed file. Even back in the days of tapes, it was always a buzz exposing someone to a new discovery. The streaming platforms take it to the next level and allow you to share on a global scale. Furthermore being part of the Music to community connects you with other like minded folk, artists and new music. It has so many facets that make it really unique.

Erin Murray – Music to Curator Interview

28 March 2018

My name is Erin, I live near Lake Cootharaba, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. I am a Writer, I have had many careers prior, Auditor, Plumber, I like this one the best, and I get to spend time at home with my family.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I think I always wanted to write, I love describing the things I see and feel.  It is great curating a playlist, it creates a space to explore how a particular song makes you feel, and then explain why you love it. …

Vranko – Music to Curator Interview

21 March 2018

1/ So First Off – Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

My name is Vranko, I live in Barcelona, Spain and I am a pianist and writer.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I’ve always like to write and have discovered so many ideas that are often found sleeping inside the music.  I fantasize about what those ideas are and love to write out my interpretation of the track.

3/ Tell Us About Your First Musical Memory – Why Do You Think You Remember It?

My sisters used to listen to lot of pop music in the 80s when I was a kid. So my first memories are from pop artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elton John or Simon and Garfunkel. These kind of people were my first listenings!

Jed – Music to Curator Interview

15 March 2018

1/ So First Off – Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

Jed, currently in Lillooet, BC (Canada).  Doing graphic design, websites & video production.  

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

No, but I enjoy graphic design and making videos.  I generally like creative work — unless the assignment is particularly mundane.  I like trying to create balanced and pleasing compositions, I like color, and I enjoy creating rhythm and meaning in video editing.  I’m sick of building websites…

Vicky Cohn – Music to Curator Interview

8 March 2018

1/ So First Off – Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

Vicky Cohn. That’s a hard one, as I see myself as a cosmopolitan that is constantly moving between Berlin / Germany, London / United Kingdom and Tel Aviv / Israel. However, I will be soon back to London and staying there for a while again… 

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

Creating playlists is definitely something I already did a lot in my tender years, when tapes were still a thing. Music was always my first and obsessive love, but after I had to deal with a death case in my family, I asked myself, what I would do if I had only one year to live, so it became then very clear to me that I needed to start my new career within the music industry. Coming beforehand from a creative background of film/video making, I looked here too for something that could really fit me and my personality and I found that curating playlists sounded so me and so fun, so I just went for it. 

Tommi Tikka – Facebook Live Interview!

8 March 2018

This week’s Music Curator chat is with Tommi from the Music to Celebrate Life playlist. It’s another wide ranging discussion looking at the problems associated with territory restrictions in the digital age – the challenge of how to listen to all the music that’s being submitted to a great chat on the nature of song writing and what makes a great lyric – it’s great stuff – thanks Tommi!

Matt Jenko – Facebook Live Interview!

6 March 2018

The second Facebook Live interview with our brilliant Curators – this one is with the talented Matt Jenko, producer extraordinaire and curator of the uplifting Music to Save The World playlist.  We talk a wide range of topics from – what makes a good song – the nature of song recommendation – how to beat perfectionism and why perfectionism exists – complete with wine and advice for his future self. Check it out…

Mert Turan – Music to Curator Interview

28 February 2018

1/ So First Off – Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

Hi I’m Mert, I live in Ankara, study Philosophy at Middle East Technical University and work at Radio ODTU 103.1 as production manager. 

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I am always madly fond of creating playlists, I guess. As I heard a so damn unique tune, I want to hear more and search alike tunes. It’s like an obsession but you know, I can’t help it. What I enjoy so much is that I can be where I wanna be unconditionally, when I turn the playlist on. It helps me to get away with stuff especially when I am really fucked up. It’s beautiful…

Interview With Van Tastik by Julia Maehner – Music to Conquer Mountains

28 February 2018

Talking to musicians, even only via email, is such a treat, especially when they can offer pleasant things such as humor and real insight. Van Tastik, an American expat living in Europe, offered just that in our brief conversation on the internet. I’ve selected his song “Drag Me to Hell” for the Music to Conquer Mountains playlist (link to song here please). Because the song is just so damn interesting, Spotify even selected him for its Delta Blues Playlist. I wanted to talk to Van Tastik about all that – his songwriting, being an expat and the power of streaming. Check it out!

Julia Maehner – Facebook Live Interview!

27 February 2018

This was so much fun – Julia from the brilliant Music to Conquer Mountains playlist stopped in for our first Facebook Live Interview.  Julia talks about the state of music journalism in Germany, being 8 when MP3s hit the market – Andrew totally lies about his age and we end up in a great discussion on what makes a great track – enjoy…

Ada Bayramoğlu – Music to Curator Interview

22 February 2018

1/ So First Off – Tell Us your Name, City and Country and what you currently do for a living?

My name is Ada Bayramoğlu. I live in İstanbul, Turkey. I am a student.

2/ Is This Something You Always Wanted To Do?  What Do You Enjoy About It?

I spend a lot of my time creating personal playlists and I am very happy to finally share them with the world. Before I joined Musicto, my playlists were just for me and my friends. But now, everyone can look up keywords on their laptop and find my playlist.  I love that I can reach out to someone very far away from my own house. People trusting my taste of music is what I really enjoy about it.

Julia Maehner – Music to Curator Interview

14 February 2018

My name is Julia, and I live in Munich, Germany. I’m a trained journalist and I do a lot of things – play guitar and sing, make awesome salsa and bread, write about music and hiking. My job is working as a marketing specialist for .objective Software, an IT company based in Munich. They build software for the automotive sector – autonomous driving, car-sharing and all that – as well as smart cities. 

Ana Clara – Music to Curator Interview

8 February 2018

Hello, my name is Ana Clara and I live in Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil. I am a lawyer, a writer/blogger/copywriter and a songwriter! …

Bill Randle And The Radio DJs Of The Fifties: Music Bloggers Of A Bygone Era

3 February 2018

Randle is an interesting character from the perspective of this article because his way of working was reminiscent of a modern music blogger. He was the antithesis of the 1950’s screaming radio jock and his style was very down-to-earth and straightforward, focusing on the artists and their music, not on himself…

Cormac McGee – Music to Curator Interview

31 January 2018

I’m Cormac McGee, from Toronto, Canada. Similar to many folks in the music industry, I’ve got a few different gigs. I do some concert production and promotion, artist management and DJing, and help run The Music Den: An incubator for musical entrepreneurs based at Ryerson University. 

Adrian “Science” Robinson – Music to Curator Interview

24 January 2018

From our weekly series of Music to Curator Interviews, this week we’re chatting with Adrian “Science” Robinson from Music to Taste The South – check it out:

Big Inf – Music to Curator Interview

17 January 2018

From our weekly series of Music to Curator Interviews, this week we’re chatting with BIG Inf from Music to Rep New York – check it out:

Shooting Questions At The Messenger – An Interview With Apostle

16 January 2018

Apostle is a new rising talent from London, England, whose debut single “Dakota Thunder Rising” came out right before Christmas. It’s a brilliant pop song with a very thought-provoking and poetic lyric – one of those songs that stay with you even after you’ve taken your headphones off and gone to bed. 

Impressed by the songwriting talent of this young man, I asked for an interview and was granted one. I was excited. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about Apostle and more importantly, spread the word about him and his music. And no, the irony of becoming a messenger of the messenger (the definition of the word “apostle”) did not escape me.

Sean Machado – Music to Curator Interview

9 January 2018

From our weekly series of Music to Curator Interviews, we start off the new year chatting with Sean Machado from Music to Soundtrack Souls – check it out:

An Interview With Nigel Powell By Julia Maehner

18 December 2017

Nigel Powell is a pretty sincere man. Although I only got to interview him via email, his answers ring with a clarity and honesty that’s pretty damn impressive. His portfolio is pretty impressive, also. He’s been a part of Frank Turner’s touring band The Sleeping Souls for ever now and working on several projects on when he’s not on the road. The Sad Song Co. is the one project where he’s most himself and doesn’t depend on the vision of others. Powell’s new record Worth is due February 9, 2018. It’s a collection of songs that flow seamlessly into one another, in spite of the impressive eclectic songwriting style he displays. While a solemn prog rock vibe is the thread holding them together, Powell plays with whimsical pop arrangements, minimal synthesizer rhythms and sweeping guitar solos to craft his intricate music. 

Q: You use a lot of spiritual imagery in your lyrics. How does religion influence your songwriting?

An Interview With Year of October by Rodrigo Medrano

28 November 2017

Welcome Again to this section where bands/artists that submitted their song, have a little interview to more about them and make their week more informative apart from the awesome videos.

I normally try to introduce the band giving some info about them, but with these questions we have plenty data of the to be introduced, know them better and love them. So, let’s start with the interview.

Curator Interview: Big inf – Music to Rep New York

25 November 2017

1) Who is Big inf

Big Inf is a Emcee/dj.curator who currently has a New Album called New industry in all Digital music platforms

An Interview With Dylan Dunlap by Rodrigo Medrano

11 August 2017

Dylan Dunlap released his new EP “Feels Right at Home” almost two months ago. His past EPs and Album shows all the potential of this 21 year old multi-instrumentalist, but more importantly they show his way of singing about life and his way of verbalising himself to the world. This is why I think he’s a perfect example of the idea of Music To Open Another Door.

What Music to Listen to when Studying for or Taking a Test?

10 March 2017

If you’re reading this chances are you’re probably in school of some kind and looking for help!  If you’re in the library or some common area like a coffee shop, have a look around and see how many people are wearing headphones…

How Listening To Sad Music Can Make You Feel Better

10 January 2017

Listening to sad music after losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or finalizing a divorce might seem counterintuitive, but this somber sounding activity has been proven to help.

Attempting to Break the Stigma Surrounding Grief

2 August 2016

Andrew and I have been working together for nearly five years now. When he came to me with the idea for his latest project, it didn’t take him much convincing for me to jump on board; I trusted his vision and believed his passion.

His idea was to start a record label that produced albums focused around the solution it provided…

Why Listening to Music at Work Could Make You Smarter

4 May 2016

I was going to be a doctor – just like my dad – but music kept getting in the way.  Whether it was zoning out instead of studying, or skipping school to hang out with Adrian (who had the Yamaha QX1 Sequencer,) the older I got the less interesting academics seemed and the more attractive music became.