Curator Guidelines

Makulu Music Curator guidelines:

Welcome to Makulu Music curator, it’s great that you want to contribute to the community.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind when curating a playlist.

  1. A playlist is released every Wednesday, so you need to get your playlist to us by the end of Monday so that we have Tuesday to do the things we need to do to send it out. Don’t get the karma police on your back – if you put your hand up to do a playlist, get things done on time.
  2. Playlists need to be made up of 22 tracks. (We ask for 22 in case some of your tracks have been featured on previous playlists, then we can remove them and still have around 20 for the week).
  3. Avoid repeating an artist more than once.
  4. When putting together a playlist think of hanging out at a social place. Early on will be more laid back tracks and easy listening and as the night progresses, people relax, have had a couple drinks, loosen up and let go and, and maybe have a dance.
  5. Your playlist should set the scene and take people on this journey. So put your Indie, ambient, slower or chilled out tracks earlier on in your playlist and the more upbeat and dance/party tracks later on.
  6. Ensure each track builds on from the last and sets up the track to come after it. In the middle of your playlist put the tracks that bridge the earlier chilled out vibe to the later party tracks. Using an app to check a tracks beats per minute(bpm) can help give you some guidance but it’s not the only thing to consider.
  7. Once you’ve done this you need to go through your playlist and really listen to each track. You may have a song with a faster bpm than the track before but if it’s got a softer beat/kick drum it’s going to drop the mood. So go and have a good listen over and over again and move tracks around so the flow is right.
  8. Consider that within your playlist you may have many subgenres. Try to identify these sub-genres and put similar tracks together. There’s nothing worse than going from vocal house into a chilled out deep house track only to go back into vocal house again – it just doesn’t work. Keep people’s moods in mind and how you are guiding that. An amazing track placed incorrectly can totally take away from its beauty. Rather have tracks of similar subgenres grouped together than order your entire playlist by BPM. And remember to group these subgenre tracks in an order that compliments each other and progresses on from the last.
  9. Sometimes the shift from one genre/sub genre to the next can feel a bit harsh in the flow of your playlist. It often works well to put in tracks with an offbeat or break beat (but keep in mind where you are in your playlist and whether you need a more happy or sullen track). A reggae, jazz, swing, drum n bass rhythm often work well for this transition.
  10. Depending on the key a track is written in, it elicits a certain feeling in your within you. Think about how a track is affecting you. Does it make you feel more daydreamy, deep in thought, creative, emotional, happy, sad, laid back or energetic? Is it background and more easy listening or does it draw you into the song so you’re really listening? More easy listening tracks, day dreamy and deeper tend to work better in the earlier half of a playlist and then move into more happy, fun and feel good tracks.
  11. Finished with your playlist? Send it to us on contact@makulumusic.com

Playlists are an expression of yourself and we hope this guideline connects you even more to music and your love for it – that you listen sharper, feel it deeper and enjoy it more for no other purpose than enjoyment itself.

Thanks for being part of our community 🙂

Love the MM team and community