How to Tweak Spotify’s Generated Playlists

Spotify’s algorithm-generated playlists try, but they don’t always hit the mark. If you want to mess with the recipe a bit, try out Nelson, the Spotify playlist generator that lets you customize what shows up on your playlist based on the kind of music (or musical elements) you enjoy.

Nelson, created by Spotify Developer Advocate Engineer Arielle Vaniderstine, offers more granular options regarding what you want to hear more of. You start by picking up to five genres you’re interested in, then adjusting the sliders corresponding to particular musical elements (you can adjust the parameters anywhere from 0.0 to 1.0). Then: watch as the custom playlist is generated before your eyes. You can, of course, save that newly generated playlist to your Spotify account....more