Remember the stuff we used to make for our crushes back in high school? Yup, mixtapes are slowly coming back! Apart from providing the sentimental and nostalgic feel of curating and listening to music via cassette players, people have now taken tape covers to another level. You can freely design it anyway you want as the perfect gift for your friends, family, or your special someone.
Want in on the trend? Check out these local shops that sell customizable mixtapes:
1. TapeBeats PH
This Instagram shop has been making high-quality, customizable mixtapes since August 2020. With 15,000 Instagram followers, it's easily one of the most popular shops making the item.
How to personalize your mixtape
It’s simple! Send them a list of songs arranged in your preferred order through a playlist or a written list. The number of tracks may vary, as long as their total playtime won’t exceed 60 minutes. You can also add a voice message or an original song for an extra personal touch!
The most exciting part, of course, is designing the cassette tape cover. Start by choosing a tape color from the available options: red, blue, yellow, black, white, or a clear case. Make a cover by designing your own artwork, asking someone for a commission, or simply sending the shop photos you already have. Don’t worry about design mistakes because they have a template to guide you. For inspiration, try to scroll through the shop’s Instagram to see how creative the customers have been with their orders.
TapeBeats also offers line art illustration for covers. It may feature minimalist cartoons or realistic drawings of you and your loved ones.
How to listen
No need to search for your parents’ old players! The mixtape bundle already includes a cassette player with earphones and a user manual. It has a built-in speaker, earphone jack, and comes in two colors: white or gray.
Visit TapeBeats PH on Instagram for more information.
2. Guilty Tapes PH
Guilty Tapes PH also started their business during the pandemic. While they follow the same process of personalizing your tape and artwork cover as stated above, you can go beyond the 60-minute audio length with this shop! Get your customized 60-minute mixtape for only P400 and P700 for a 90-minute tape. Colored tapes are also available in red, blue, green, yellow, pink and white.
Their mixtapes also come with a portable cassette player, which can be personalized as well! A bonus? Every cassette player comes with a sticker of your own design!
As another plus, the shop sometimes sells preloved tapes ranging from the OSTs of our favorite movies to those of rock bands like Foo Fighters and Nirvana.
Visit Guilty Tapes on Instagram for more information.
3. KuriousKat Collection
Although KuriousKat mainly focuses on custom K-pop album cassette tapes, they also accept orders for any album or playlist, starting at P350! Keep in mind though that cassette players aren’t available here. They follow the same process with the shops above. Just forward them a list of songs or a Spotify or Youtube playlist with a maximum of 60-minute audio length, then feel free to make your own cover.
Visit KuriousKat Collection on Shopee for more information.
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