What For It…: Videos grab and hold people's attention by using text or captions that encourage them to wait for the drop.
Tech House: Carl Cox is known for being a pioneer of the subgenre Tech House, which took over Techno in 2021 as the best-selling subgenre. The subgenre is a blend of Techno and progressive house and features rough basslines and hard-hitting beats mixed with melodics and groove.
Video Lengths: 11 & 18 seconds.
Content Opportunities: Use clips from live performances featuring epic beat drops and post them on Instagram as reels. Add text to the video to encourage viewers to wait for the drop in order to hook their attention.
Top Roller Disco videos featured the Pro Inline Skater, Miri, power gliding down a busy street in Madrid and the London based roller dancer, Frankie J skating around backwards in a parking lot to the song Back to the Raw.
Tactics to Implement:
Playlist: The video on the right features a song from Defected Records’ 2021 playlist. They promote this in the video’s caption, along with a link to listen to the playlist on their bio page.
Video Format: All videos in this category were shared as reels. Each video featured 3-7 hashtags in its caption, and the most popular videos were 15 and 20 seconds long.
Follow-Cam: These videos feature footage shot by someone who followed behind the skater/blader to capture the action.
Song Reaction videos involve people filming themselves and their reactions as they listen to a song for the first time. Top videos were reposted by dnballstars and feature DJ Hato reacting to two drum and bass songs produced by the label.
Tactics to Implement:
Drum & Bass: Born out of UK's jungle scene in the 1990s, the UK is where the drum and bass truly thrives and has been a ‘hotspot’ for the genre's growth. Drum and Bass was the 5th most popular genre on Beatport in 2021 and the third fastest growing subgenre (Source).
Subtitles: DJ Hato uses subtitles on his videos for sound-off viewing and adds humorous descriptions of his reactions with asterisks to help viewers understand what he was thinking.
Video Lengths: 26 & 34 seconds.
Content Opportunities: When it comes to promoting new music on social media, reaction videos are a great way to get people's attention. As a result, music labels have been partnering with creators to share these videos. See more examples here.
Branded Hashtag: A branded hashtag does not need to be directly tied to a brand's name but can reflect its brand's identity, like Defected Records' #HouseMusicAllLifeLong. Defected Records used this branded hashtag on 80% of its Instagram videos during the period analyzed.
Weekend Celly: Mufasa is best known for his upbeat videos of him dancing alongside a moving car to celebrate the weekend. These fun dance videos even got Ye into that fridaaay mood.
Video Lengths: 13 & 29 seconds.
Content Opportunities: Repost videos of impressive dance moves to your Instagram page with a short caption crediting the dancers and original creator.
These videos were omitted from their content buckets as ‘viral’ outliers for exceeding 3x the views and engagements of their respective benchmarks.
Length: 0:20, 0:28 & 0:14
Content: In the first video, the mobile DJ Suatism asks parliament police to take a selfie with him. In the second viral Mobile DJing video, Suatism is battling it out with mall security while attempting to play a set. Lastly, on the far right, Mr. Afterparty shared a clip of omakssss DJing while travelling on a rickshaw followed by an audience on bikes.