So, here we are. The end of Season 6. Like last year, I figured I’d end this season of The Dylan Samson Mix Series with a longer, more reflective post. So, here goes.
I didn't really know what to expect going into this season of mixes. This new weekly release cycle was something of an experiment for me, and though I didn’t expect it to be nearly as consuming a process as it ended up being, I can honestly say I’m really happy to have pulled it off. I like the weekly release cycle. I like that the posts feel timely, and that the mixes have sort of dominated my online presence for a while. I like the rituals I developed for making and promoting each mix, and I honestly kind of like the pressure the weekly deadline puts on me. I like the new restrictions I put on each mix to increase the variety or artists I featured—never using more than one song off of a given album all season, and only repeating an artist every 4 weeks—and am proud that I stuck to them. All in all, I’m really proud of how this season turned out, and I’m happy that others have really seemed to like it too.
But there is a downside to this new release cycle. Like I said, it is a wildly time consuming project. I’ve basically spent the last 6 months splitting my time between work, and working on these. And though I like the pressure of the weekly deadline, I’m honestly not sure how sustainable it is as my professional life develops. It’s scary to think of a world where I don’t make these mixes, but at the same time I have a hard time believing I can keep doing them and still pursue some of the other projects I’m interested in. If life is a balancing act, I’ve still got a lot of work to do until I find the right way to integrate these mixes into my act.
Last year I rhetorically asked what the future held for these mixes. And, like last year, again I’m not sure. I definitely like the weekly release cycle I tried this season, but it has eaten up a lot of my life. I know I also want to try some new things with future mixes, to make more people aware of them and make the physical release feel even more special, but again, that’s all very time consuming work. So right now it’s about finding that balance. For now, I’m going to take some time off from this, listen to some stuff I’ve been meaning to get to, and just try and enjoy music without listening with a critic’s ears for a while. I can’t say for sure when these mixes will be back, nor can I say what the next batch of them will look like. But I promise they’ll be back, in some form or another.
For now though, here’s this week’s mix. Volume 74 of The Dylan Samson Mix Series is called “Love is a Crazy Thing.” It features new music from Bon Iver and Frank Ocean, as well as songs from Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, and LCD Soundsystem. Those interested in grabbing the CD should check on Perry Street in Manhattan’s West Village. Like I said, this is the final mix of season 6, so it will be your last chance to grab a physical copy for a while.
Thanks again for all of you who have stuck with us this season. It’s been a fun, crazy experiment, and a good distraction from what most of us can agree was a pretty awful few months. Here’s to hoping 2017 will be better.
We’re almost there. Just one more week until this season of The Dylan Samson Mix Series is over. Crazy, right? It seems like volume 62 came out just a couple weeks ago.
Anyway, here is volume 72 in The Dylan Samson Mix Series. It’s called “Take Care,” and features songs from Mikal Cronin, OutKast, and American Football, as well as new songs from Mitski and Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam. Listening links can be found below, but those interested in grabbing the physical copy should check west 37th Street in the Garment District.