As if streaming to absolute strangers on the internet wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, sitting on stream in complete silence can make it feel awkward for the streamer and their viewers. Music can truly enhance any content by creating a more welcoming environment and capturing a viewer’s attention. Just think about a piece of video content you’ve seen recently. Whether it was a live stream, YouTube vlog, or a commercial, chances are there was carefully selected music playing in the background that captured and held your attention.
Choosing the right music for your stream can be a daunting task, but in this article, we’ll give you some tips for matching the music to the vibe of your stream and, of course, share some playlists from Streamlabs Music for you to use. Having a complete playlist for your stream vs. only a few selected songs will give you one less thing to worry about while engaging with your audience.
Understand the Music Restrictions on Your Preferred Streaming Platform
Before you spend your precious time creating a playlist or searching for music to play on your live stream, it’s crucial that you first understand what is and isn’t allowed on the platform you’ll be streaming to. For Instance, Twitch clearly states in the Music Guidelines that playing copyrighted or unauthorized music is forbidden and can result in your account being terminated. This is generally true if you’re streaming on other platforms such as YouTube Live or TikTok. Your safest bet is royalty-free music that won’t get flagged for copyright infringement. That’s where Streamlabs Music comes in. Installing Streamlabs Music in the Streamlabs app store gives you access to curated playlists that you can play on stream worry-free.
Choose Based on Your Audience’s Demographics
Knowing who is watching your live stream is a great way to determine the best music for your stream. Depending on the platform you’re streaming on, it may take a bit more digging to understand better audience demographics to determine what kind of music they may be into. For example, YouTube has more robust analytics built-in with YouTube Studio, while Twitch streamers may need to use an extension such as Your Community at inStreamly to get data such as age, gender, etc.
Choosing music based on your audience demographics may take some trial and error. For example, if you generally stream to a younger audience in major cities such as New York City, Houston, and Atlanta, going for a more upbeat playlist such as Streamlabs’ Hip Hop playlist may make the most sense vs. something slow and mellow. When testing new music on your stream, note how your audience engages with you, especially if they mention anything specific about your music choices.
Ask Your Audience For Feedback
Speaking of your audience, another way to choose the right music to play on your stream is by simply asking your audience for honest feedback and applying their notes. For example, if your audience feels your current moody, dark music doesn’t match your bubbly, warm personality, maybe trying a playlist such as Streamlabs Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches is a step in the right direction.
Match The Vibe of the Content You’ll Sharing
As briefly mentioned, music sets the tone for your stream, so it’s always a good idea to match your music to the content you’ll be streaming. For example, choosing Streamlabs Beauty & Fashion playlist is a no-brainer if you’re a beauty or fashion streamer. This particular playlist is high energy and channels shopping at your favorite makeup counter or sitting front row at a runway show of your favorite fashion designer. Your audience will appreciate this particular musical selection if you’re in this niche.
FYI, Streamlabs also has playlists inspired by popular games such as Call of Duty, Minecraft, and Fortnite. So if you’re looking for music to play while taking a gaming break, you may want to consider one of these playlists to keep the gaming vibes going.
Stick With Whatever Feels Authentic To You
When all else fails or doesn’t feel right, go with the music that feels authentic to you (so long as you won’t get flagged in the process). So if that means choosing our EDM playlist because it’s a genre that makes you feel like your best self, then so be it (assuming it’s not super off-putting to your audience). After all, your audience is watching your stream, not someone else’s, because they feel connected to you as a creator, including your musical taste.
Though many streamers may overlook music’s importance to their audience, you know better because you took the time to read this blog post. Finding the right music that resonates with your audience and doesn’t get flagged for copyrights may take some time, but it’s totally worth it, and Streamlabs Music makes it rather simple. Check out Streamlabs Music for all of your on-stream musical needs.