As part of our interview series, we spoke with Music Curator, Martin from Tune new music playlists. Read on to find out why music curation plays such an important part in his life.
Martin: My name is Martin, I live in London and I am the lead curator of TUNE new music playlists on Spotify. With a focus on indie, alternative and electronic music.
Music is my first and most enduring love and has got me through some very tough times.
I first started just compiling a shared playlist with some friends who also have health problems. I have a chronic neuromuscular condition called mitochondrial disease, which greatly limits my life. I then started curating a weekly new music playlist, mainly for myself and friends and then expanded from there, seeing it as a kind of project to focus on.
It wasn’t something I’d ever really thought about, though I’ve always enjoyed sharing music with others.
I really like emotive and atmospheric music and artists who are original and willing to take risks. So much music today is just following trends or what’s thought to be fashionable.
That’s difficult, but I’d probably say Four Tet. He’s always innovating and moving forward and his production skills are astonishing.
I spend most of my time listening to music. My condition greatly limits my ability to do a lot of mental tasks like reading and writing, as well as physical things like walking, so I’m at home most of the time and require a lot of rest. Music is the one constant in my life, a kind of crutch.
When it comes to creative art forms like music, I think a human ear is essential. An algorithm can tell you what’s currently popular, but if you’re looking to discover new interesting and original music, I think human curation is irreplaceable, whether that’s from a DJ, a blogger or a playlist maker.
My first playlist was the shared one I mentioned and very uninspiringly just called “New Stuff”. Although before the streaming age, I was always one for making mixtapes and then minidisk compilations.
Streaming has made playlisting so much easier and of course enabled people to share their playlists with a global community. Many people like myself, who previously discovered music from radio and music magazines, are now increasingly discovering music via playlists and are listening to a wider range of music than ever before.
As a long-time dance music lover, I’d possibly choose 5 influential and enduring dance songs I love, one from each of the the last 5 decades. 1. Donna Summer – I Feel Love (70s) 2. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (80s) 3. Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx) (90s) 4. Justice vs Simian – We Are Your Friends (00s) 5. RUFUS – You Were Right (10s). And I’d call the session Decadance, because it represents 5 decades of dance music.
Yes, I think people like to listen to music socially and discuss it, so I think there will always be a desire for live social interaction with music, as well as the private listening we all enjoy.
Records OR CDs? CDs
Downloads OR streaming? Streaming
Albums OR singles? Albums
Human curation OR algorithmic curation? Human curation
Host OR listener? Host
Popular playlist OR your own playlist? Own playlist
Play in order OR shuffle? Shuffle
Headphones OR speakers? Speakers
Tupac or Biggie? Tupac
Lead singer, guitarist, OR drummer? Drummer
Find the full range of TUNE new music playlists on Spotify here. TUNE new music playlists can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Submissions are accepted via a collaborative Spotify playlist and Facebook group. Many up and coming and unknown artists are featured.
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