Thank you for your interest in my Spotify playlists! Your success is important to me; please read this guide so we can get you placed more often.

Please Don’t Email or DM Me Songs

I’m afraid my inboxes are always full, so I don’t accept songs through email or social channels. I much prefer SubmitHub for its streamlined experience; Groover also works. Thanks for understanding, all!

I Don’t Offer Paid Placements / Payola

There are couple of reasons for this:

  1. The listener experience is paramount. In pursuit of that, I only accept songs that fit playlist goals and criteria.
  2. It’s a terms of service violation for a number of digital service providers. I don’t recommend engaging in the practice. Don’t get banned, folks!

Consider Fit Before Submitting

Songs are mostly considered for their TECHNICAL MERIT -and- AESTHETIC FIT. Very often, I’ll like a song, but won’t have a channel for it.

PLEASE review the playlist you’re submitting to and verify that your work is a match. Traits I look for include (but are not exclusive to):

  • Arrangement
  • Energy levels and flow
  • Flourishes (e.g. noise crackle, nature sounds, etc.)
  • Genre
  • Instrumentation
  • Lyrical style
  • Mixing style and quality
  • Mood
  • Rhythm pacing and density
  • Sound design
  • Subject matter
  • Tempo
  • Tone and timbre
  • Vocal tone and processing.

I consider songs holistically, so if an element causes friction, it may make the track a hard fit.

Know My Background and Motives

I’m an artist and music producer too, so while I’m rooting for you, my requirements more stringent than most — especially on the technical and aesthetic sides. I care a lot about the listener experience, so consistency is crucial and I don’t often make exceptions.

Some tidbits on how I operate:

  • While I want to help all artists, I especially want to lift up minorities and my fellow Canadians. If you belong to either groups, please tell me in your send!
  • I’m fond of non-English music! French, Spanish, and Korean are my favourites, but I’m open to other languages as well.
  • Lyrically, I prefer abstractions and analogies over plain statements.
  • I appreciate that we have archetypes in music, but I learn towards unique interpretations over soundalikes.
  • I usually prefer modern aesthetics over retro ones.
  • My lists include major and independent music, but I prefer promoting smaller creators.
  • I’m sleepy and so are my playlists. With the exception of the exercise lists, I lean more slow and chilled.

I Need to Hear Your Words Clearly

If your song has lyrics, and I can’t hear your words clearly, it’ll be hard to place.

I recognize some genres lean on fuzzy or processed vocals, but know that I struggle with them.

Avoid Sending These Elements

Please know I seldom (or never) accept:

  • Political content
  • Hateful or malicious content
  • Heavy uses of vocal processing (e.g. autotune, etc.) or mumbling; a little is okay, so long as I can hear your vocal tone and words clearly
  • Unfinished or uneven mixes (PLEASE only send finalized audio)
  • DEEP twang (light country influences are okay!)
  • Recordings of birds or other loud animals
  • Recordings of kids playing
  • Recordings of spoken word (in large quantities).

No Ultra-Long Songs

In the interest of getting everyone playtime, please only send songs under 10 minutes in length.

Finished Tracks Only

I realize some folks look for pre-release feedback, but I need to consider how songs will ultimately fit into playlists. Unfortunately, that means I can only take fully mixed and mastered tracks.

Not All Playlists Are Equal

Full disclosure: Flow State and Focus Instrumentals are my main lists and receive the most listens. Please take this into account and make sure your spend is worthwhile!

Playlist-Specific Tips

Each playlist has distinct needs. Here are some guidelines for the most-frequented ones:

Flow Beats

  • Largely progressive house, deep house, and tech house, but can include other flow-centric genres.
  • Additions are often under 128BPM.
  • Instrumentation shouldn’t include aggressive or buzzy tones.
  • Atmospheric feel and organic sound design are encouraged.
  • Repetitive motifs are good if they evolve over time.

Flow State

  • Largely lo-fi hiphop and downtempo instrumentals. Vocals can work in small quantities.
  • Leans towards clean, organic aesthetics instead of dusty, retro ones.
  • Heavy pitch wavering and repetitive sampling are strongly discouraged.
  • Harmonic progressions should resolve cleanly, pleasantly, and expand over time.
  • Prominent, catchy motifs are great when used in moderation.
  • Rhythms should promote momentum but not be so busy that they distract the listener.

Focus Instrumentals

  • Gentle, slow, sparse, minimalistic, and unobtrusive pieces.
  • Largely solo piano. On rare occasions, other instruments work but they must be INCREDIBLY subdued.
  • Tempos should be slow and articulations soft throughout.
  • Constant, unwavering motifs (e.g. repeating broken chords, arpeggios, etc.) seldom work because they can feel like marching. If they have flowing qualities, they may fit.
  • Accepted songs have a minimum of drama.

Slow Down

  • Largely ambient and highly subdued instrumentals. Imagine floating in still water.
  • The mood should be peaceful and serene above all else.
  • A minimum amount of fluttering or oscillating elements. Slow movement only!
  • Noisy textures, tense harmonies, dramatic shifts, and percussion seldom fit.

Lazy Days

  • Imagine yourself swaddled in a blanket, cradling a cup of hot chocolate. If the song supports that image, it’s a good fit.
  • Songs are typically sleepy instrumentals, slow crooning, or subdued beats.

The Deck

  • Imagine yourself melting into a couch, favourite drink in hand, and favourite person in the other. The night is full of discourse – and hopefully intrigue. That’s the vibe.
  • Low tempos and groove are key. Sophistication and interest are important. Restraint is also appreciated.
  • The mood is dark, ambiguous, and chilled. “Slinky” or “childlike” are too far on either side.
  • Songs are typically sultry hip hop beats, lo-fi instrumentals, or R&B crooners.

The Demographic Lists (e.g. Sirens, Orpheus, East, etc.)

  • Each asks for high quality writing, productions, and performances, but are otherwise open to most genres and moods — so long as they fit the demographic requirement (e.g. female singers for Sirens, etc.).

Other Playlists

Interested in the other lists? Please listen to their recent additions for reference.

Send One Song at a Time

Unless there’s a strategic reason not to, please send one song at a time. It’s often best to get feedback on a track, see where things might (or might not) fit, then tailor future submissions from there. Save yourself money and time!

Want Specific Feedback? Ask for It!

I want you to get the most of our engagement! This isn’t an offer to do a full mix review, but if you want thoughts on a specific element, please point it out so I can be more helpful.

A Perspective on Declines

I know the sting of being turned down. It’s especially hurtful when it’s something as personal as music, but for me, a decline isn’t a rejection of you and what you’ve done. It’s a mismatch of your aesthetics and my curation goals.

So, if I turn down a song, I know it hurts, but please take note of what’s said. It’s only meant to help you decide what to send — and figure out if I’m the right match for you. It’s never a comment on your ability (unless it’s praise).

Listen to the Playlists

Above all, please listen to the playlist you’re submitting to! Scan through 5-10 tracks to see if our styles are aligned.

Even though I describe some lists at length, everyone interprets words differently. (e.g. My idea of “subdued” and “chilled” is MUCH more mellow than most.) It’s best to hear them for yourself.

Ready to Go?

Target carefully and best of luck, friends! I look forward to hearing your work!