Separate music categories
Separate music categories further please.
Music is an ever growing topic on twitch but frankly people producing music, engineering music, and displaying/educating on the creation side are being drowned out by radio stations (which I believe should be its own standalone category) and by musicians doing covers/DJ’s.
I believe musicians/DJ or music performers should be standalone
And radio stations.
Let’s be honest. The radio stations are largely driven by bots and chat related activities such as mini games etc. I’ve stopped by several and there isn’t a lot of active content being created by the streamer. Not to discredit those communities in any way but the music production community is very tight knit and share a very active roll in engaging with its viewers. Largely it just feels like apples and oranges when comparing radio station communities to music producer/engineer communities.
However there is little to be done to stand out aside from hoping the viewer utilizes tags in their search which in my experience is very unlikely. I believe both musicians/DJ’s/music performers being standalone as well as music production/engineering being standalone will significantly benefit both communities immensely.
And I don’t believe isolating the radio stations will be harmful in that regard. To me it feels like a very established group in comparison.
To add there have been a few somewhat recent additions to the music production and engineering list of streamers who are either very big or substantially larger than the majority of production streamers. This is awesome and I love it. There are a ton of people consuming this content on twitch who would probably not be on twitch at all if it weren’t for them (timbaland, decap, kennybeats, etc.) however if those people coming look to existing discovery as a means to further consume production content after these big names go offline they will be sorely let down with the existing layout.
This is a category that is on the verge of blowing up imo. Easily look at internet money on YouTube. A group that made tutorials and saw so much success and got signed to a major label because of it.
The MASSIVE advantage twitch has over YouTube in this category is its live interaction. Music production and engineering is always extremely situational meaning you can’t always say “this is how you do this technique, or do this every time” everything depends on a vast majority of variables that is just not practical to break down in a pre recorded video to meet everyone’s needs. The ability for a viewer to ask their specific needs or to ask for me to reexplain something or elaborate further is unprecedented in online music education like this. It’s the entire reason I started streaming production. Because videos always cut short that little piece of info that the creator could have easily answered had they known it needed answering.
The amount of viewership these tutorials get on YouTube is staggering. And it would be tenfold on twitch if we were given some tools to help us shine.
I would love to talk to someone more in depth about all of this.
But to start help separate us so that we can be seen amidst a lot of similar looking categories that we are actually very different from