We spoke with Booy from Spingrey to find out more about his love for curating playlists and what 5 tracks he would definitely have on his BlueJay playlist!
Booy: We all do what we’re good at. That’s why we make playlists. Together with Jord, Pieter and Mike, we started SpinGrey in the summer of 2013, and matured into a well-known music platform that thousands of people enjoy today. We provide our listeners with music for any mood and occasion. No matter if it’s Sunday, you’re in the car or at the beach, we got the perfect playlist.
Booy: We curated playlists even before playlists existed. From mixtapes on cassette tapes in the 90’s to burning mix- cd’s for our friends in the 00’s, we spend days curating music. So, it became very natural to start actual playlisting when Spotify emerged. Our branding geniuses Pieter & Mike came up with the name and the logo, and like that, SpinGrey was born.
Booy: We feel that all major playlists (Spotify, Filtr, Digster, etc.) are very similar, containing music that is hot at the moment. At SpinGrey we want to be different. Our playlists enable you, as a listener, to discover new – and/or rediscover old tunes, while enjoying a sound that still perfectly fits the mood you’re in or that thing you’re busy with.
Booy: If music fits, it fits. We don’t make hard distinctions between music being familiar or undiscovered. But, as mentioned, we do like to expose our listeners with music that they have not heard before.
Booy: Although we only add tracks that we think are suitable to one of our playlists, we’re of always open to hear the latest releases of artists and labels. People reach out a lot though. As we run SpinGrey in our spare time, we filter the personal messages from the copy-paste ones (if you’re a label or artist: it’s pretty easy to distinguish ;-)). Furthermore, we have a playlist which we call the ‘SpinBox’ to which artists and labels can drop the tunes they want to bring under our attention.
Booy: The Guest List of the Slow Show. Because I’m a big fan of these guys and they’ve got a very similar taste in music.
Booy: Of course! Anytime I have to do work for myself I got my headphones on. Today I listened to the latest albums of Car Seat Headrest and Big Thief. Beach Life-In-Death of CSH is my favourite tune of 2018 so far.
Booy: My first playlist on Spotify was called ‘KLAP’, which consisted my favourite hip-hop tracks. The title of the playlist is referring to a lyric of a Dutch rap-act, called Opgezwolle. Anyone not from the Netherlands probably never heard of them, but my advice is to have a listen.
Booy: Algorithms are great, no doubt about that. I’ve discovered a bunch of tunes because of them. But I discover the really great tunes because of my friends or playlists of Spotify users with a similar taste that I follow. Therefore, I’m convinced curation will always need a human touch. For the element of surprise, which algorithms can’t compute.
Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
Kanye West & Sampha – Saint Pablo
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Almost Cut My Hair
Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky
David Bowie – Five Years
Hard to say if these are my 5 favourite tracks of all time, but they we’re the ones that first popped up in my head. I think it represents a nice mixture of genres and decades, perfect for a SpinGrey Session.
Booy: Spotify had a great tool for this, back in the days when they still had apps. I don’t know the name anymore, unfortunately. You could create your own radio-session with anyone that joined, which was awesome. So yeah, when I speak for myself I think there’s still that appetite.
Records OR CDs? Records
Downloads OR streaming? Streaming
Albums OR singles? Albums
Human curation OR algorithmic curation? Human
Host OR listener? Host
Popular playlist OR your own playlist? Own
Play in order OR shuffle? In order
Headphones OR speakers? Headphones
Tupac or Biggie? Tupac
Lead singer, guitarist, OR drummer? Drummer
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