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For who do you make music?

This is part 2 of a series on music philosophy

Knowing why you make music is important, but once it's done, finding out who listens to your music and why is almost as important.


It's not uncommon to use music to get a boost, and in the gym during a workout that boost is essential. High-intensity music that feels good and motivates its listener to take action is used by athletes to release dopamine in their brains.

I often use it myself during training sessions, when I feel a little bit tired I put on an industrial track to stay motivated and keep working out. It always works!

If your music is suited for this kind of use, you can create workout playlists on Mixcloud and Spotify to promote your music. You'll attract people who are looking for new music for their training sessions.

Relieve stress

If you're producing ambient and atmospheric music that is soothing, it could be used for meditation sessions and even as background music during therapeutic massages.

I once had a girlfriend who was listening to new-age music to help her sleep.

While you might not want people to fall asleep on your music, helping people relax and relieve stress is noble and valuable. And it's certainly something needed in our current age.

Relaxation CDs are still a thing and in my area they are still sold in drugstores.

You can also create stress-relieving playlists for that purpose too.

Music for study sessions

Beats to study to mixes are extremely popular on YouTube, often getting millions of views. It's usually instrumental lo-fi hip hop tracks with soft jazz samples.

It even became popular as a genre in itself with albums often being best-sellers on platforms like Bandcamp.

If you make music that helps people to focus and concentrate, consider submitting your music to these playlists, or better: create your own.

These playlists and mixes are so popular that the money it generates on YouTube is enough to create a mini-industry. It's not rare to see entrepreneurs on websites like Fiveer seeking music producers to create music for these playlists.

Sell things

Two things got me into electronic music: the first thing is Depeche Mode maxi-singles. In the 90s, it was a safe way for me to discover new artists without risking too much money. The second thing is TV ads.

Not all TV ads have cool music, but once in a while, you can hear a drum & bass track or some electro-ambient music to advertise a car or cellphone.

Advertisers use this music to target people like you. They want to associate their brand or product with something that you already like.

Stimulate the brain

That's something I often do myself. I'll put on some IDM music, focus on it and try to understand it. It usually takes me several listens to get used to what is going on and enjoy the music. But the process is rewarding and fun.

In a way, it's my version of the cross-word, but with sounds instead of letters.

Have a great Friday!

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