Hey there 👋

I'm so excited that you're here!

Last month I officially launched my newsletter and I was blown away by the positive feedback I received. It's the first time I’ve shared my curated playlists with an audience beyond my close friend group and to be frank, it was terrifying. I’ve always recognized that music taste is extremely subjective and personal; oftentimes the last thing people want is for someone to shove a new music recommendation (not to mention, a full playlist of them) in their face. But before I started sharing them with the others, I was creating these playlists simply because doing so has brought me so much joy and because it is aligned with the things that I have been consistently passionate about for the last few years. So, thank you for tuning in. I continue to strive to craft the best musical experiences I can offer.

Here's a pro tip to maximize the experience of the playlist and to improve your overall listening experience on Spotify:

  • Go to your "Settings" and look for "Show Advanced Settings."

  • Under the section "Playback," you can toggle the number of seconds of crossfade by moving the slider. Adjust the crossfade to 7 seconds.

  • The transition between one song to the next will be more seamless and is in my humble opinion, the perfect amount of crossfade. I curate the playlist with this element in mind, so adjusting to 7 seconds will provide the most optimal listening experience.

Theme of this Month:
🍙 I Had a Dream that Asian Musicians Took Over Governors Ball

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I've curated a playlist featuring all Asian musicians. The timing is certainly fitting, but the truth is that I've encountered so many amazing and underrated Asian musicians over the years that I could create a playlist featuring an impressive roster of Asian artists at any time of year. In fact, this would be the third time that I am featuring an all Asian cast (I Had a Dream that Asian Musicians Took Over Coachella Part 1 & Part 2).

The idea was inspired by a vivid dream, one that left me wanting in the morning. I was transported to sunny California, finding myself in the throngs of a lively music festival. There was a larger-than-life installation of an airship that seemed to be an amalgamation of all the ones in my favorite Miyazaki movies. The music coming from the various stages were of all my favorite Asian musicians and bands. On one stage were international indie bands, representing a diversity of Asian nations; their songs showcased the influences of east and west in innovative and radical ways. On another stage were the Asian rappers, spitting straight fire, their stories dropped with emotional heft one verse at a time. The powerhouse music collective, 88rising, had an entire stage of their own. As the sun set, I danced my way to the main stage where DJs were closing out the day with banging sets against a backdrop of electrifying fireworks.

This month is a celebration of music in a time where we can no longer enjoy the simple luxury of rubbing shoulders with loved ones and strangers alike, getting lost and awash in the sound of incredible artists at live music events. The playlist will transport you to a music festival here in New York, where the pizza is still hot and the subways are still running 24/7. Sending peace, love, and power to you all.

Listen now!

I hope you enjoyed this!

I'll be back next month on the 25th with a newly curated playlist on Spotify. If you're getting value out of this newsletter consider sharing it on Twitter! sharing it on Twitter!

- Andrew Tsao


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