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Oddly Specific Playlists: An Update!

Oddly Specific Playlists: An Update!

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series:
Oddly Specific Playlists

If you are reading this, you are required BY LAW to follow @oddlyspecificplaylists_ on Instagram.

Thank you ❤

Now that’s out of the way, welcome back!

If you happened to read my Pitch, you know vaguely what this project is all about. If not, please, allow me to introduce you:

‘Oddly Specific Playlists’ is exactly what it says on the label.

Oddly Specific Playlists meme

I started by making a Google Form and sharing it on Twitter. Using the form, users are encouraged to submit anonymous confessions or themed requests, which I then use as inspiration to create Spotify playlists. These playlists are extremely curated to match the sender’s request. To ensure this curation, I limit myself to 10 tracks per playlist. This means that each song needs to be perfect for the playlist. It also might help to keep users interested (because we all have short attention spans), and the playlists end up being around 30 mins long.

I created an Instagram account (the one you followed earlier, right?), to promote the playlists and connect with users.

The lovely @itsbusyissy created the beautiful Logo for me after I posted on Twitter requesting help with it.

Ideating to eventually arrive at the decision to do this project was a windy road. I posted a blog post documenting my early ideas, which can be seen here. I originally wanted to create short animations based off of songs by lesser-known artists. I gave it a go for about two weeks but came to a realisation.

ANIMATION IS REALLY HARD! and more importantly, I, a beginner, was not going to be able to complete this project in a fast, inexpensive, simple and tiny manner.

So, I started again, posting my other ideas to Twitter

And, although no one really asked for it, I trusted myself, took a risk and chose this project because ultimately, even if the user base was going to be smaller (based off of feedback from classmates preferring my other ideas), I knew I’d like this project more personally, and therefore remain motivated and enjoy the process over the course of the semester. Also, it was the most #FIST out of the bunch.

As I’d mentioned in my Pitch, I knew the idea had some level of audience interest, because I’d seen people publicise these artsy kinds of playlists on Tik Tok, as well as Instagram.

I also liked the idea of using anonymous confessions or requests as inspiration, as I’ve seen numerous “anonymous confession accounts” which always pique my interest. I’ve always found raw vulnerability and emotional honesty to be inspiring, interesting and humanising in a society which often discourages people from expressing “negative” emotion openly. In, particular, there is an Instagram project which I have followed for a number of years called The Unsent Project.

Thankfully, my BCM peers and friends were willing and eager to participate, as I received an overwhelming amount of entries on the day I first posted the form. While they’ve slowed down now, I have more than enough inspiration to go on creating playlists. The support and positive feedback I’ve received on this project has proven to me that there is a user base to interact with this project.

I did some brainstorming (as seen below), and I ran into a problem when I realised that I was lacking constructive feedback from my audience and that I had very little understanding of my users. I needed to find ways to connect and observe users, so I developed a list of questions I can post to my story to get a better understanding of what my users like to listen to and how they like to listen. I also asked users via Twitter to follow the Spotify account after realising I can observe their listening habits by looking at their accounts.

Over the last week or so, I have been using my story to ask questions in order to get an idea of my user’s preferences.

The Instagram and Spotify accounts are going well, I believe, maintaining a solid following and putting up content regularly enough. Although, I’d like to aim to be putting out more content than I am. To achieve this, my workflow needs to be smoother. Over the last week, I have identified a few ways in which I can organise my work and have resources (such as cover images for playlists and backgrounds for ig stories) prepared to use.

I’ve connected online with other music-based DA accounts on Instagram, one of which pointed me in the direction of good old adobe photoshop as a medium to create my Images for Instagram posts.

Also! I’ve been tagging the artists that feature on the playlists, and one of them liked the post! (BIG highlight of my week!)

Screenshot

Stay tuned!


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  • Tyneesha!! You know how much I love your project and everything you have done with it. I believe you may face the same issue at some point that I am planning for in my DA as well, the lack of interaction from an audience when that is how you get your content. it is important that you plan alternative ways to make content if you face a lul in submissions or your audience not submitting content when you need them to. If you think about maybe starting your own series of playlists that you can post when you need extra content. For example in my DA I have the anonymous project but also have poetry and art prints of my own I can post when content slows down. For you you could look at an emotion series or a summer series or something like that.
    Also, I love that we have the same inspiration from The unsent project, Rora really does so many things right.

    Keep going! your idea is awesome and you’re doing so many good things with it.

    Carly

  • I love your DA, it’s so creative and different! I think having the suggestions as anonymous is a great way to entice more people to engage with your content, encouraging people who are maybe a bit shy or afraid to submit, very good idea. I’d be interested in seeing your process more on why you chose certain songs for the playlist, maybe you could do stories with a little background information on why you chose certain songs and delved into them a bit more, that could be interesting. Also I’m sure your all over it with finding songs but for my DA when I’m trying to find a song to fit my content I always look through the Discover Weekly (https://www.spotify.com/au/discoverweekly/) playlist on Spotify, it’s a playlist where Spotify selects new songs for you based on what you listen to, that could be useful for you maybe? Really enjoy your content, loving the jams keep it up!!

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