Human beings cannot live without art and music. We all have burning desires to create something, however small it may be. We cannot avoid the interaction with sounds. Hence, music forms a significant part of our lives, whether you listen, perform, or create.
In this music era, mixtapes have taken the world by storm. Developed in the 1980s, it collects music from multiple sources that artists further record into a medium. Undoubtedly, it is a widely practiced American art form.
So, if you are an artist, you should release a mixtape at least once in your lifetime.
But, what is the reason behind it? Let us find out!
The unique pattern with which it comes lets the fans look into the music from a different angle compared to a single or album. Its diversity enhances it more. The listeners won’t have to skip the tracklist. That is why they are the best choice for the parties. So are you ready for the party time?
Let’s move on to the genres of mixtapes that you can try.
Hip-hop – Hip-hop is also called rap music. This genre developed in the land of liberty (USA) in the 1970s when block parties gained recognition. Here, the disc jockeys used to play percussive breaks of famous melodies using two DJ mixers. In the early evolution of hip-hop, drum machines became readily available and affordable.
But what do artists use to create a hip-hop beat? It was usually scratching and beatmatching, which comes under turntablist techniques. A vocal style called rapping also came into existence. In rapping, the artist speaks along with the rhythm of the beat.
It was not until 1979 that the world knew about this genre. It was mainly because of poverty during the genre’s development. The first mainstream wave was old-school hip-hop, followed by disco influence. In the 1980s, it got diversified. New school hip-hop was the second wave that led to the Golden age of hip hop during the 1980s and 1990s.
Fact check: This genre became the top-selling music genre by 1999.
Now, during the early 2020s, what are the popular forms of this genre? The answer is “the trap” and “mumble rap.”
That was the bits of history. Do you want us to reveal the fun things for those who love to be a part of this form? Then here you go! If you enjoy creating hip-hop music, you are an outgoing personality. Additionally, you are an energetic personality having high self-esteem.
Try this genre, and you will forget all your worries. You will feel like getting up and dancing to its beats.
EDM – EDM is short for electronic dance music. It started to develop in the 1970s, becoming a part of contemporary culture. Compilation of subgenres like house, dubstep, and hardstyle, the EDM fans have taken over the music industry by storm.
It is a perfect choice for nightclubs and festivals. Sometimes in a live public appearance, EDM producers get to show their talent.
In the new age, EDM has acquired widespread recognition, especially in the USA.
The fans of EDM depict several traits. They are social and outgoing. Hence, it is not wrong to say that EDM is the new age pop that makes the crowd crazy. So, why not create something innovative in this genre?
Indie – The next genre in mixtapes is Indie rock. It comes under rock music that saw a rise in the USA and UK in the 1970s. In the late 1990s, this genre developed several other exclusive mixtapes subgenres. It included noise pop, post-rock, emo, and other forms.
Since then, the music industry has seen immense changes. In the early 2000s, a new group of bands came out into the mainstream. The end of the decade marked a massive proliferation of indie bands known as “indie landfill.”
There is no doubt that indie lovers are rising. So, you can try your luck in this field.
These are the few kinds of mixtapes that you can be a part of. But what if you are starting? To help the newcomers, we will now be moving on to the steps to make your music. Let us begin!
What is your target – It is like your personal possession. So, before making one, know the music taste of the audience. For instance – You are creating one for the individual you meet at the record store. You add a few songs to it based on their look, but it turns out that this person is a Hip-hop lover, and you have made a ballroom. Hence, know the person before creating one.
Know about the theme – You don’t want to mix up the random collection of songs. Selecting a theme provides uniformity to the entire mixtape. The theme can be related to lyrics or song titles. For instance – you could have a collection of songs having the word “Fun” in the title. Or songs related to spring. You could also select to combine the songs based on genre. The themes are endless.
Begin and end with a thrill – The first and last tracks hold significant attention. So start with thrilling and rocking music that will make everyone remember the lyrics.
The final way is the wrapping up of your whole collection, so finish it in full swing. Please select the first and last tracks that your audience will tap their foot on because these tracks are remembered the most.
Art defines the collection – Adding a cover art to the collection is essential. Because this is the first thing that the people will notice when receiving the one, you must have heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but that does not fit here. People judge it by the cover. Therefore, it is vital to design the cover well and creatively.
To sum it all up
Music is an indispensable part of our life. And with the advent of mixtapes, music has become more fun to listen to. So why wait if you are getting the opportunity to make everyone swing to your tunes?
Now you have the perfect ingredients to make your music. What next? Get ready for some rock and roll!