Here’s a conundrum:
Despite not having a proper gig for over a year, I’ve spent the best part of my time during the pandemic listening to new music, ripping records and just overall grabbing more and more music to play out once it’s a possibility to do so again. The issue, however, is that I now have way too much new music, all of which is “untested” on the floor, and most of it is digital. I’m already going anxious about going a little nuts picking songs the next time I play out, as I’ve been unable to develop my set over the past few months due to this stupid pandemic.
The question is, how do you (or just plain do you?) organize your folders/playlists on Rekordbox?
Do you do it by moods? BPM range? Date added? Play count? Pre-prepared sets? Not at all? I’ve definitely let my list get out of hand and now I have no idea how to separate everything in a way that will let me access what I want when I need it.
Back in the days I used to play basically 100% on vinyl, the way my sets evolved had mainly to do with adding 5 or 6 new records to the record box a month, so the sets developed organically out of a few “anchor” tracks, a few new tracks, and a few wildcards. That’s my favorite because you get reeeeally intimate with your collection over time. After a while, if things get boring, just do some digging at home to remember what you own and put it in the bag.
With digital it’s so much worse. When I have everything with me, it’s a lot harder IMO, as the sheer choice makes my head spin. It’s better when I had steady gigs, because I could remember more or less a good group of tracks, but now over a year later it’s all a toss up and I’m anxious about going back to gigging with a lot of great new tracks and not doing them justice because of my ADDish tendencies.
Maybe I should record more sets during the downtime, that might help some. But I am really curious how/if you guys deal with this.
Thanks (if you made it this far!)