I’m trying to make a mix tape (on Spotify, of course) of 90’s classics for a friend who is going on holiday. I’m finding it amazingly good fun but also surprisingly therapeutic. I’m also discovering that some songs still sound great (see above!) but some of the productions have really aged (ahem, The Corrs).
But it’s making me wonder, where has the art of making a mix tape disappeared to?
I was better at doing this when I was 9!
I’m not that old but even I still remember taping the top 40, trying not to get the DJ in either side of the track, passing the tape to mates, tying to get a balance of songs before the actual cassette ran out… there was a real skill to hone!
After a lot of dragging and dropping, I believe the real art in getting a great mix tape relies on the listener:
a) not knowing what comes next, and
b) not being able to skip ahead.
So, I’ve decided to burn this 5 disc/101 song mammoth to CD and will leave strict instructions for them not to skip the tracks. I’m optimistic!
Has anyone else out there got their own tips for a great mix tape?