For as long as I've been making mix tapes —which evolved into mix cds and then into playlists)— I've always fantasized about having my own radio station. One where I wouldn't have to talk, but just get to pick the music that plays. Of course, if that job exists, it is not an easy one to get. So I guess that's why I started HI54LOFI (which also helped fill the want of having my own record label).
Anyways, for the past little while I've been thinking lots about the radio station thing, which has led to me looking around at different ways of possibly creating a continuous stream of music that people could 'tune into' at any given moment and have some ace tunes coming at them. I found a range of different options; some not that good, some I'll be keeping my eye on, and one called Soundrop (which is not to be confused with Songdrop, the similarly named and also sweet service I recently started using and enjoying).
Soundrop isn't necessarily meant for a guy like me to ‘make my own radio station’, but it works pretty well for that intention. Here's the gist of it (in regards to Mix Tape Radio specifically):
- I've created a Soundrop room called 'Mix Tape Radio'. In it, there will always be a continuous stream of music playing. It works best if you listen to it in Spotify, but if you don't have Spotify in your country you can still listen in a web browser, but instead of the album track, Soundrop will try and find the closest equivalent video on Youtube. Sometimes this works fine, but sometimes there is no video or the video is on Vevo and you have to leave the room to listen. So, long story short, listen in Spotify.
- Soundrop lets you create a 200 track playlist, so I will update the playlist fairly often so that anybody who comes and listens often won't feel like they're listening to the same songs over and over. And I will also keep a Spotify playlist called HI54LOFI's Mix Tape Radio to keep track of all the tracks that have ever been played in the Soundrop room, so you can also listen / subscribe to that.
- When you are in the Soundrop room, you can vote up any track that you want to hear next, which moves it up the track listing. And you can also write messages and talk to the other people in the room, if you're into that kind of stuff (but you can also just sit quietly and listen).
PS - I realize one of the flaws of this is that I can only use music that is on Spotify (which isn't a major flaw, as there is a lot of great music on there), but I am working / thinking / trying to find a way of doing something similar with music that is on Bandcamp (well, something better than my current attempts at a 'Bandcamp Radio'). But in the meantime, you musicians can get your music on Spotify and the like for pretty cheap with Mondotunes.