How to Upload DJ Mixes to Live Playlists Automatically

Automate your DJ production workflow using Zapier. Upload shows, tag, and broadcast DJ mixes to listeners - all without lifting a finger.

by Mike Cunsolo in Production

Last updated 16.03.2021

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Radio stations have always been collaborative. Back in the day station managers oversaw everything, music controllers collated tracks, and DJs presented shows. Although we've shifted online, what goes into making shows hasn't changed, just the processes have gotten easier.

Tools like Zapier automate your production workflow. So instead of manually uploading one-off tracks or hour-long mixes, automation takes the stress out. Simpler for DJs to broadcast shows, easier for you to manage.

Get to know how Zapier can streamline your team's collaboration and upload DJ mixes directly to live playlists by automatically applying tags.

Tags and Playlists Explained

Tracks, jingles, ads, and DJ mixes can easily get buried in your media library without proper organisation. And when there are countless tracks to choose from, building handcrafted playlists can take time. But using tags automate your playlists to randomise songs or full-length shows without much hassle.

Radio.co Tags

Alongside playlists, tags work like this:

  1. Apply tag 'Pop' to track.
  2. Add tag 'Pop' to playlist.
  3. Playlist broadcasts random track with 'Pop' tag.

Simple, but effective. When the playlist swings around it’ll randomly select a song with that tag. Now playlists can be carefully curated without getting repetitive.

Automating Live Playlists with Zapier

Manual tasks can get old, fast. Take organising DJ shows. Uploading, tagging, and adding into playlists is fine as a one-off. But what happens when you have 100+ collaborators? And what happens when shows are sent during your off-hours?

Zapier automates repetitive tasks in the background so you don't have to worry. And with Radio.co's Zapier integration, collaborating with DJs is much easier. Whether files are sent to Dropbox or Google Drive, they're then uploaded, tagged, and ready to broadcast on your radio station, all without you lifting a finger.

The best bit? Zapier is free to use.

How to Upload and Tag Tracks Using Zapier

Start by heading into your Zapier Dashboard, then choose Make A Zap.

Zapier Tagging Step 1

Next, choose your preferred storage service (like Dropbox) in your Trigger, then select New File in Folder as your trigger event.

Zapier Tagging Step 2

Connect your chosen account to your trigger.

Zapier Tagging Step 3

Choose the folder you’ll be placing files into for the trigger.

Zapier Tagging Step 4

Test your trigger to make sure it picks a file from the folder you've selected. Once successful, continue.

Zapier Tagging Step 5

For your action event, choose Radio.co's Upload a Track.

Zapier Tagging Step 6

Then make sure your action is hooked up to your Radio.co account.

Zapier Tagging Step 7

Now apply your tag. Select your station, the upload URL, and file name. The tag dropdown will show existing tags from your station, so choose whichever you want to be applied to tracks placed in your trigger folder.

If no tags are shown, create one in your dashboard.

Zapier Tagging Step 8

Lastly, test to make sure the Zap works. When successful, turn it on to go live.

Zapier Tagging Step 9

Monitoring Automated DJ Uploads

Running tasks in the background makes your life easier. But it's good to check in to make sure everything is working as intended.

In your media library, search for a DJ track or show uploaded. If all went well, the tag should be applied correctly.

Zapier Tagging Step 10

And if you've not done so already, add the tag to a live playlist that's in rotation.

Automated tracks from tags in a playlist

Now when a DJ uploads a track or full-length show to an external storage place like Dropbox, they'll get automatically added and ready to go live.

Keeping Track of Your Zaps

To go one step further, multiple Zaps can be setup for mass upload and tagging. Just follow the same steps, hooking up your chosen storage drive to your station and adjusting the settings.

Zapier Tagging Zaps Page

To keep track of what's going on, use Zap History. Get a play by play of all your previously fired Zaps. But be aware, on the free plan Zaps are limited and run every 15 minutes. Higher plans offer shorter wait times and less restriction.

Automate Your DJ Production Workflow

Radio stations are better with others. But managing the likes of DJs can be time-consuming. Using Zapier, automate your DJ production workflow so it's easier to broadcast one-off tracks or full-length shows. Setup everything from the get-go, then upload DJ mixes to live playlists automatically, all without lifting a finger.

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