Curators have a specific need in mind when looking for songs to put on their playlists and your song must meet that need to stand a chance.
For your song to make the listeners playlist, it has to be play-worthy, in that, it must satisfy the need of your listeners as well as leave them wanting more. However, getting your song to be added to the playlist isn’t just about making good music or promoting the sound through all channels, there are certain technicalities that can aid your song and make it more playlist friendly. It is along this line that we briefly discuss certain fundamentals to achieving this.
As an artist, you should have it in mind for your music to have playlist features i.e. short and straight to the point. Take, for instance, to make a radio playlist, certain edits are done. The process of making those ‘edits’ could be burdensome; hence, the radio stations leave the song off their playlist. Having shorter versions of the song is good, especially for radio listeners, who are not as patient to listen to the whole song.
It is important here to state clearly that this is not to dissuade the creativity of artists or restrict their musical expression, what we have discussed thus far is for the sake of musical playlists.
In editing your song, you should consider the following:
- Song Length: Make sure the length of your edited song does not exceed 4 minutes. It might begin to bore your listeners after the 4-minute mark.
- Song Intro & Outro: Ensure this does not exceed 15 seconds. Make it captivating and exciting.
- Song Structure: Be sure to communicate what the song is about with a captivating hook or vocals. Keep your listeners in the groove of what you are singing.
Ensure to grab the attention of your audience with the intro such that they’re not eager to skip your song. In doing this, the song must have a fantastic intro and the body of the song should lure them in for more.
The song should be able to sustain the attention of listeners, pass the 30-seconds mark, on a music streaming platform. Anything less will mean the song wasn’t streamed, hence, reducing your chances of making money off the song.
In a nutshell, it is important for musicians to make their songs playlist-friendly. The implication of this is that it positions you in good light within the radar of music curators.
Article by Freemedigital