Pao's Blog


When I want to take a break from making music, I like to write about what I have learned on my musical journey... So I started this blog where I'll be covering a various range of topics more or less related to lofi and chillhop, hoping it will help somebody else with their hustle.


Were you ever curious about what's happening in my head when I'm considering your submission for placement in one (or more) of my Spotify playlists, and how do my preferences generally go with your flow? Well, it's your lucky day today - this blog post is practically a cheat sheet revealing the guaranteed ways of catching my attention and getting...

A monthly selection of the six "best" beats that caught my ears the most amongst all the past month's submissions is here again! It's always hard to choose just six of them and sometimes it's as close as a coin flip, but here they are, waiting for your ears! Big ups to everyone who submitted their beats and congratulations to this month's winners!...

There are so many choices on the VST market nowadays, that just searching for a simple delay plugin can get you completely lost in hundreds, maybe even thousands of results. So I thought it could be interesting to start sharing those plugins that earned their irreplaceable spot in my collection, now being used almost in every single one of...

Who doesn't love documentaries about their favorite genre of music? It always brings a smile on my face when I see one, and this 10 minutes long piece of narrative accompanied by some beautiful moving images is no exception. Add a few spot-on jokes and you have the perfect video to send your friends or family members you want to...

A monthly selection of the six "best" beats that caught my ears the most amongst all the past month's submissions is here again! It's always hard to choose just six of them and sometimes it's as close as a coin flip, but here they are, waiting for your ears! Big ups to everyone who submitted their beats and congratulations to this month's winners!...

I'd probably expect that everyone knows what intro and outro are, but how much about the song structure do you really know apart of those two? Would you know exactly where to look in your track when someone gave you feedback highlighting some issues in the chorus or breakdown? If the answer is anything else than a confident "Of course!",...

Discussions about release formats are something I'm seeing more and more often on Twitter and other social media alongside with some general misconceptions of those, and as it has been always a bit unclear to me, too, I've decided to do the research and finally get educated about it!

The first roundup of the best submissions for 2020 is here! There was a lot of new names and first-time submissions as well as a lot of submissions from familiar artists, but eventually, I have managed to pick the usual six "best" beats again (I put those quotes there 'coz as ya'll know, it's highly subjective and to be...

In this second part of "How To Promote Your Music Online", we'll be talking about branding, as this should be one of the very first things for you to figure out in your overall strategy. But first, we should get some things clear: What is a brand anyway and why would you possibly need it to grow as a musician?...

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