Christmas is boring. Mixtapes are awesome. So what better way of wasting the lost week between Christmas and New Year by crafting a 10 song mix to swap with someone anonymous on the internet? You might not know this, but as of January 5th, it’s looking like I’m going to be having a blog hiatus, at least on the music side of things. Platform 2 helps people from unprivaledged backgrounds do volunteer work abroad, and seeing as I’m living with my Mum on Europe’s biggest council estate, they’ve allowed me to be a part of their January programme. What that means for me is 10 weeks in India, helping a community by teaching English to Children and helping build toilets and stuff. What that means for this blog is that I’ll be away from a decent internet connection and the means to listen to new music, which obviously doesn’t lend itself to writing a blog very well.
Anyway, in order to do something BIG and EXCITING to start the hiatus, I’m organising this mixtape swap. If you don’t know what a mixtape is, it’s a collection of songs that you like that you think that someone else might like – in this case, a complete stranger on the internet. Because I haven’t got the money to be forwarding CDs etc., it’ll all be online and I’ll do my best to keep it anonymous (unless you want to admit who you are in comments or whatever).
There aren’t many rules, but a few suggestions. It’d be nice if the mix was around 10 songs long, just so that everyone’s got a benchmark to stick to. It’d be nice if you stuck to stuff that you think that people might not have heard before too, rather than sticking on a load of tracks from ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ that everyone has heard before. Absolutely anything is valid, and I won’t really be vetting these at all unless it turns out that someone’s trying to send off the new Lightspeed Champion album or something.
Submissions are open from now and should be uploaded to mediafire or any similar online filesharing site with a link to the file sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date is the the morning of the 31st December, when entries will then be sent to another random swapper for them to have a nice little listen to, whilst comments on each others mixtapes can be swapped on the comments here, if you’d like. Your mixtapes should be zipped or rar’d rather than sent in a mess of mp3 files, preferably given a snappy title too. it’ll doubtless be better than ‘Pigeon Playlist’, anyway.
One more thing – try and make the tracks appear as an album to mp3 players i.e. it’ll show as an entire album on itunes rather than disparate tracks. It’s not that difficult and saves a lot of time when people are looking on their iPods for the tracks. In terms of making the mix, the best method I’ve found is to create a new folder on your desktop and then copy and paste the songs you want into that – it makes it a lot easier to zip, for one thing.
I’ve no idea how many entrants this is likely to attract, and there is definitely no genre tags attached to this. Submit whatever you think someone else could like. If you enter, I promise you’ll get a mix back, no matter what. If you don’t, it’s me who’s to blame, sorry. So, one last time, here’s a checklist of things:
- Submissions open now
- Around 10 tracks long, any age/genre but preferably newer stuff
- Zip/Rar it
- Upload to mediafire
- Send link to email@example.com by 10 a.m December 31st
- Expect an email with your ‘swap’ around the same time
If there’s anything that needs clarifying, just ask in the comments or via e-mail and I’d be happy to try and sort it out. I look forward to listening to my swap, whoever you may be.