mixes for my friends

On music & the joy of discovery

When I am not being Arden Wu, I am immersed in music as both a paying gig and passion. I curate playlists for various restaurants around the city, at first, I thought it would be a fun weekly gig. But initially, it was difficult for me to overcome the challenges. I had many things to think about that I never really thought about before when it came to making playlists which had to reflect the restaurant's food, branding, and overall ambiance. I had to think about who would be dining there and the type of music the restaurant's clientele would like to hear. I know we all love Drake, but there is a time and place for him and it is not during a quite, intimate dinner with your loved one on a Sunday night.

Some recent dates have complimented on the kind of music I've been playing during  the time we spend together —  a little tip I received when I first started was to create a playlist that was the duration of your date so you or your date would not have to keep checking their watches every so often. During my dates I would play either a mix I had discovered a while ago or if requested, I would sometimes create playlists specifically for the date itself. Having a thoughtful soundtrack to your date adds a lot to the ambiance, but it is even more rewarding when your date leaves learning a new thing or two about an artist they have never heard of before.

So I present to you a sporadic collection of mixes that will hopefully, capture the vibe and essence of our time together. It's a mix of things I love and things that people have introduced to me. I hope that over the course of the summer, these mixes will allow you to get to know who I am and perhaps, in exchange, I can teach you a thing or two about what I am into musically.