Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What Do You Listen To While You Work?

I get asked how my creative process starts. Usually it has nothing to do with the obvious choices. I like to start with what I'm going to listen to as I'm designing or illustrating. Some days I feel like rocking out to some Smashing Pumpkins or some Led Zeppelin and other days I throw on some Phil Collins or even some Roxette. I got made fun just yesterday for listening to Roxette, as a matter of fact. But as a guy that spends a lot of time alone, sometimes I need some conversation, even if I'm not part of it. That's when I listen to podcasts; usually comedy based. I love to laugh, and when I'm working and dealing with clients it's good to get in a good laugh. So let me share some of what I listen to.

Playlist Goodness
I found Spotify last year, a music streaming service you might have heard of. There I get to listen to whatever I want, twice in a row if I want to. Plus, you get to make playlists using their vast music library. What's great is you can share those playlists with your friends on Facebook and vice versa. I made a few playlists I'd like to share with you. (You'll have to have spotify to listen)

Tanoshiboy's Finite Playlist - This is the playlist that has a ton of different music genres mixed in when I want to leave the player going to focus on a design or illustration. In this 27 track playlist you'll find artists like, Bon Jovi, Danny Elfman, Alanis Morristte  and Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. I set it and forget it. :D
Listen to it here!

80s Movie Songs - This is probably my favorite playlist. It's the one I spent some time on and got creative with. I grew up in the 80s so I feel blessed to have been able to experience that movies of the time. So I compiled this playlist with songs from only 80s movies. Some are pretty obscure, but I promise you they're from 80s movies. Artists include, Huey Lewis and the News, Kenny Loggins and Prince. You're trying to guess the movies right now aren't you? Listen to it here!

Score! - I love movies as you can imagine, and I love the scores that come with them. It takes my imagination away and usually inspires me and gives me some great ideas based on the emotional tone of the music. It's pretty awesome! This playlist (work in progress) includes composers from your favorite movies, like John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Clint Mansell. Listen to it here!

Podcasts Podcasts Podcasts
As I mentioned before, sometimes I need to laugh, so here are some of the podcasts I listen to when I need to feel like I'm part of a conversation. This is good for when I'm doing paperwork or just got off the phone with a client who needs that extra special attention. ;)

SModcast - Hosted by Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier. Smith is a long time movie director, remembered by his cult and indie hit, Clerks. Mosier is his producer and long time friend. They usually talk about what's going on in their lives and the ridiculous stories they encounter on the web. But what I really love is when they organically come up with stories and ideas that would never work in real life. They act out the parts and usually can't get through the bit without laughing, which only makes it funnier. The bits often include Batman and Star Wars references. WARNING: Can be crude and has potty mouth. Listen to it here!

Pretty Good Podcast - Hosted by Gina Grad and Randy Wang. These two host a show (along with their producer Elijah Black) about nothing. They call it the Seinfeld of podcasts. They discuss their lives and throw in their weekly exploits. Hijinks ensue. For example, Randy decided one day he wanted to only wear fleece pajama bottoms all the time, so he did, out in public no less. Gina once got invited to an orgy and reported back on the culture of it and the things in life that sometimes can't be unseen. Listen to it here!

Did you recognize some of the stuff I listen to? Do you listen to or not listen to anything while you work? Can you make some recommendations of your own? Feel free to share that in the comments section and share this post with someone who'd like it. And please retweet this post using @salvatier in your tweet. Thanks for reading!