It took me reviewing this post to realise how much Spotify is just an everyday thing for me now. Sure I flick between straight up audio and music videos throughout the day and the lesser established acts I work with will generally occupy space on Soundcloud but it is probably fair to say 80% of my time is spent listening to music on one streaming platform across various devices – at least when I am out of the house.
7.30am – Walk into the kitchen to what I think is Selena Gomez playing from my housemate’s phone. I can’t remember if that’s exactly who it was but it sounded ‘Disney’ to me.
8.30am – I leave for work, headphones plugged into my iPhone running the Spotify app and playing my ‘New Music’ playlist, which I update regularly. I let it run of shuffle more often that not as it is my most listened to playlist so shuffle tends to keep it fresh.
10am – I get to the office and plug the office speakers into my laptop, again running Spotify but through the desktop app this time. I’d saved down a few debut albums that had recently come out that i wanted to listen to including; New Yorkers Joywave, Glasgow’s finest PRIDES and another band from the US Bleachers. I’d recommend for your easy going synth-pop and US indie-rock.
12pm – I get sent a link to To Kill A King’s video premier on The 405 for new single ‘World Of Joy’ from their brilliant record… ‘To Kill A King’ – the video of which features a few well known names in the form of Bastille, Keston Cobblers’ Club and Fitz, an artist I manage.
12.30pm – A large part of my daily music listening is down to research for tours, luckily I’m fortunate enough to work with acts I genuinely enjoy. Such is the case with Saint Raymond, today I spent a fair amount of time listening to his debut album ‘Young Blood’ on Spotify and for the first time today switching to the iTunes library on my phone for a short while to listen to some of his earlier EPs.
2.30pm – After lunch I put my Sennheiser headphones on and switch back to Spotify to start curating Fortitude Magazine’s ‘Best In New Music’ playlist which I do monthly. With a team of contributors it generally takes a good few hours to get a nice mix of genres and a well laid-out playlist – hopefully the work pays off.
5.30 – I take off my headphones and joint the office community again to find Beats 1 is playing, with the female American DJ who I haven’t been able to find the name of yet, because I still don’t know how to use the bloody app. I only remember Taylor Swift playing throughout the time listening to the station but that seems to be the general theme of Beats 1 so far.
6pm – The office starts to clear out, so my headphones go back on and I shamelessly chuck on Spotify’s own ‘Walking Like A Badass’ playlist to try and smash out my last bit of work.
7pm – After adding Bring Me The Horizon’s new belter ‘Happy Song’ to the Fortitude Magazine playlist, I crank up ’Sempiternal’ on the way home (again on Spotify, luckily I have these playlists and albums saved offline).
9pm – While writing this I’ve stepped away from my digital music drip that is Spotify and chucked on a bit of vinyl in the form of Enter Shikari’s ‘Mindsweep’ (it has a lovely white, blue and purple paint splash design) to drown out the pub over the road’s Rod Stewart obsession.