Some big news:
We’ve just made editing your band website even faster and easier with our new Visual Editor!
With the Visual Editor, you edit content right on your page, letting you instantly see your changes. You can also drag & drop features into columns to create the layout you want.
Watch a short tour of the new Visual Editor:
Besides not having to flip back and forth to view your site, you'll find the whole experience of editing your content is faster. That’s because we rewrote the editor from scratch to make it snappy.
And, since many of you edit your site on an iPad or Android device, we made sure it works just as well whether you’re editing on a tablet or on your laptop.
To try the Visual Editor, just go to the Pages tab in your account and click on the “Try the New Editor” banner.
The Visual Editor also allows us to launch more modern and customizable themes. We'll have a big update on this front next, stay tuned.
What do you think of the new editor? We’d love to hear your feedback!
Who: Face to Face
What: SoCal punk rock since 1991
Where: Southern California
Why their website rocks: Needless to say, we were pretty stoked to see that SoCal punk rock legends Face to Face were using Bandzoogle to power their website. Many of us here are fans of the band, and they were a huge influence on me personally while playing in the Montreal punk scene in the 90’s.
With their website, we love the simple layout and design. There’s a great photo of the band on the Homepage, along with their signature logo/typeface. They also include their social links along the bottom, so fans can connect with them on their favorite social media platform.
We especially love that they have a large video at the top of their Videos page, which includes footage from their Triple Crown shows in Santa Ana, as well as some insight into the band and their journey over the years.
If you check out the Tour Dates page, you’ll see that if you’re in New York this weekend, or our hometown Montreal next weekend, you can experience the band’s Triple Crown shows in person!
They’ll be playing their first 3 records over 3 nights at the Bowery Ballroom in New York May 22-23-24, and at the legendary Foufounes Électriques in Montreal May 29-30-31. If I had to pick one show/album, it would be Big Choice, but the Trifecta is definitely the way to go.
*written while blaring “Disconnected” on repeat*
We just added discount codes to the store! They let you give selected fans a discount on your music and merch.
You can create codes in just a few clicks, and customize them to reflect any percentage discount you’d like to offer. Once shared by email or on social media, fans can easily enter the code in the checkout:
Creating discount codes is easy. When editing your site, just click on a Store or Music feature and choose Discount codes.
Type the code you want your fans to use and add a percentage discount, between 1 and 99. Click Add code and you can now send this to your fans to take advantage of sales on your site!
Fans will be able to enter it in the discount code field, and the percentage discount will be applied to their total purchase.
Let us know how you plan on using this new feature!
This is a guest post by Cheryl B Engelhardt, which originally appeared on her blog Living on Gigging.
I’m often asked “what do you do, exactly?”. There are two groups of people who generally ask this: 1) people who know me, or think they know me, and then stop for a second and realize they cannot quite grasp how I spend my time and 2) musicians. This article, my friends, is for all of you.
Before I begin, let me preface this with the following: My life is a roller coaster. Most of the time I’m working, or, at the very least, working on getting work. Then there are times where I just want to give up, lie on the couch, watch Netflix and declare that It’s Time To Get a Real Job – with an exasperated “I can’t take this music thing any more!”. This happens monthly. It’s my occupational period. It always passes. No one ever knows about it. And it’s normal.
Yesterday, though, I had one of those Little Bit Of Everything and Ah, This Is Why I Do This, days. And these are the days I aim to replicate.
It is Wednesday.
6:30 am – wake up [please note this is VERY early for me. I had a 10:00 am deadline and my mixing ears were shot the night before. Normal Cheryl wakes up around 8] and feed foster puppy basset hound Oliver. (see photo)
7:00 am – make espresso [please note that I normally make a small pot of decaf coffee if I’m drinking it any time after 9am], eat something, make sure puppy poops.
7:15 am – sit down at my computer to listen to the mix I hadn’t finished the night before- an a-cappella arrangement for a big national commercial. Due 10am. Tune some vocals, add some reverb, etc etc.
9:00 am – the mix isn’t where I want it so I send to the music house producers and call it good. Let puppy out.
9:15 am – reply to emails that have been trickling in over the last 12 hours. Reply to a few inquiries about sound branding. The best email is that a jingle I wrote for a Swiss spa company got approved and they were in the mix and needed stems. No problem. Send stems, and the final invoice, to Geneva. This definitely sets the international tone of the day…. read on.
10:00 am – Gunnar and Lily arrive. They are my 7-year old twin piano students. They are home-schooled. Their dad reads with one in my living room while I work with the other. They crack me up. They are 2 of 11 students I teach piano or voice to on my teaching days: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. My teaching hours are normally between 3:00 and 6:00 pm but I make two exceptions, both on Wednesdays. I only work with great people/kids who practice. And I’m kind of expensive.
11:00 am – I try to rush the kids out, even though they want to play with the puppy, who pees on them. I have to get to my next lesson. I never drive to lessons. Except once a week, on Wednesdays.
11:15 am – drive to the local retirement center six minutes away from my house/studio, where I have a voice lesson with Paul, a tall, strong, 88-year old retired history teacher who hired me to help him learn his choir’s music- he doesn’t read music and their new director won’t teach them by ear anymore. After 1.5 years together, our lessons have morphed into preparing for Paul’s first solo concert of songs from the 1920’s. He made the program and everything.
12:15 pm – drive back home and put on a bit of makeup for my video chat interview with Patrick Ermlich of Outlet Music and Effective Immediately PR. This will be the first of many interviews for my new podcast. Haven’t chosen a title yet but it will be in line with my In The Key Of Success business. Maybe “Key Conversations”… Anywho, I’ve invited one music industry expert a week to sit on an hour video call with me while the participants of my MX4 program ask prepared questions. I moderate.
1:00 pm – Patrick’s hour-interview. He was boss.
2:00 pm – get a FaceTime call from my mountain-guide husband from Chamonix, France. We chat about our days, I show the phone to the puppy, who tries to give it kisses. I hang up with him and disinfect my phone.
2:15 pm – E-mail comes in from a music house in Germany with a request for an original track. I read the brief and have a call with the producer. Light, feminine, sparse. Right up my composing alley. I download the video to score and create a new Logic session when…
2:45 pm – E-mail comes in from a music supervisor at a licensing house in South Africa that I’ve submitted tracks to before. He requests a few songs of mine for a YouYube channel that provides a decent license fee. These are always quick searches that have quick deadlines, so I pull a few songs from my last record, and send them in a .zip file.
3:15 pm - One of my MX4 students is working on some financial issues, so we have a conversation about circumstances, being awesome in the face of them, and taking action.
3:35 pm – I hop on a Twitter chat (#adweekchat) to see if there are any conversations I could learn something from or contribute to. Today’s was about alcohol in marketing. Other than drinking wine while I compose, I didn’t have much to add, so I hopped off.
3:45 pm – check Facebook and see that a friend with whom I’ve worked in the local theater company is looking for part time work in between theater jobs. While I walk puppy, I give her a call. She’s the most organized and powerful chicka I know and I’m all about flexible hours, short term projects, and having some company in the studio. I tell her what I’m up to (outside of musical directing crazy shows or running around a stage in a maid’s outfit [Peter Pan]) and she sounds interested in an hourly assistant gig for a month or two.
4:15 pm - I get an awesome e-mail from the folks at Bandzoogle and ASCAP, asking me to be on their Website Demolition Derby panel at the ASCAP EXPO in Los Angeles this April. I freak out. I’ve been trying to get on a panel there for 4 years. I post the good news all over the internet and make cheesy Instagram photos about it (see photo), and send the ASCAP EXPO website announcing the new panelists to my mom.
4:30 pm – I write some music for the Germany music house. They asked for one option, but I try to always send three. Music is so subjective. And in the commercial freelancer world, it’s a numbers game.
5:30 pm - voice student arrives and we work on pitch and pronunciation and discuss the two songs that she’ll be singing in the spring recital I recently decided to put on. (The retirement home has a nice performance room and offered it to me for free, thanks to Paul- built in audience and a chance for students to work towards a goal and shine. Sounds good to me.)
6:15 pm – feed the puppy and make sure he poops. Then make some dinner for me – heated some grilled salmon and quinoa with pesto. I take it into my studio and eat on the couch which watching the latest episode of …. yes…. Pretty Little Liars. [Don’t judge. I got hooked on ABC Family’s Tuesday night lineup when I found out I had a song in one of their promo ads… 2 years ago.]
7:15 pm – revisions for the a cappella commercial (the one from this morning) come in. “Make it less busy [I get this a lot] and more sparse, and more raw. It’s too good. We love the lead vocal.” Cool. Just re-do the backgrounds with less Imogean-Heap like effects. But I’m not quite ready to dive in. So I shop online for a cool protective case for my new MacBook Pro that is on its way.
8:00 pm - accountability call with one of my MX4 participants- each week they are tasked with taking actions that will produce new results and while that sounds awesome, it’s sometimes hard, so they each get an accountability partner, including me! On the call we talk about her true purpose, crazy next actions, and she checks in on my Pledge Music campaign. (It’s under way and the script for my video will be written by Sunday.)
9:15 pm – yeah, I really should start on those vocals. Recording using my iPad as Logic Remote has made doing my own vocals super easy. (see photo) My vocal recording “booth” (a DIY sound-treated corner of my 400 sq foot studio room) is about 20 feet from my system.
11:18 pm – finish the new version and email it off to the music producer. At this point, I’m so sleepy I could pass out on my couch. But I let the pooch out to pee once more, take a hot bath with Epson salts (my neck does not like sitting all day) and get into bed. One rerun of Friends on my iPad.
12:00 am - eyes shut. But not without acknowledging to the universe powers-that-be how grateful I am for all the opportunities that showed up today and the fun and inspiring work I get to do, day in and day out.
Cheryl B Engelhardt founded CBE Music, a music creation and sonic branding firm, and has produced her own piano pop records, toured around the globe, and has had dozens of TV placements. Passionate about supporting musicians, Cheryl hosts popular workshops, video trainings, and other valuable resources on her website In The Key Of Success. Get Cheryl’s free PDF for insider tips on how to make it in the music biz.
Every week, we highlight one of our favorite websites on Bandzoogle.
Who: Admiral Bean Studio
What: Recording studio owned and operated by Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford.
Where: Loxley, Alabama
Why their website rocks: This is a great example of a multi-purpose recording studio website with tons to offer, condensed neatly into manageable sections that do a great job of promoting their services.
Besides including rates upfront on their Homepage, and a detailed outline of the gear they use, we especially love the Sessions page with a photo gallery highlighting musicians working in their studio. They also offer video and podcasting services and illustrate these clearly on the Media page.
To show who they have worked with, they include both a Latest Projects page, as well as a Clients page, with lots of text and images to show musicians what a great experience working with them will be. Their site does an excellent job of being professional while still feeling personal and inviting at the same time. Well done!
Check out their website at: http://admiralbeanstudio.com
If you're a music producer or engineer looking to book recording sessions and show off your past projects, there are certain elements you can add to your website to make it organized and appealing to potential and current customers.
Homepage: On your Homepage, have a short bio that touches on your work to date, and include a testimonial from a past client. Providing a few examples to listen to here as well - songs in a site wide music player, or videos - will give potential customers a feel for what you do right off the bat. You can even embed a video tour of your studio, so visitors can see exactly what an experience in your studio would be like!
About: On your About page, you can write out a longer bio, with more details about who you have worked with, your genre or how you work, and some testimonials. If your studio is made up of several producers or engineers, you can place individual bios here. Adding some photos of your studio here as well is a nice touch.
Rates: Adding a page that outlines pricing and what each package includes is a straightforward way to let your potential clients know what you offer at a basic level. Adding a link to contact you, or a custom mail form here can also allow people to contact you for special pricing, or to discuss the project details before confirming a price.
Gear: Here's where you can show off all of your studio swag! Write out the nitty-gritty details about your gear and include photos to help musicians visualize all of the awesome gear they could be using at your studio. You could add a simple photo gallery, or even a slideshow gallery for each category of gear (mics, amps, instruments, etc.)
Clients: The Clients section is where you can highlight all of your best work. List the projects and artists you've worked with, and include music samples/videos for each if you can. Adding testimonials from musicians that you've worked with would be a nice touch, and can help convince potential clients to book your studio.
Contact: A clear Contact page, with a contact form including custom questions about the project is a great way to encourage people to get in touch for more information or to discuss further. You can also include your phone number here for people who want to pick up the phone and ask questions or discuss details. Adding links to your social media pages, another short testimonial, or image here, would look great.
Music files page: Now we get into the extra pages that a client can access once the project has been finalized and you've started work! With Bandzoogle you can set any page to be a Main page, Subpage, or Not in menu. You can also set any page to be password protected. Adding a password protected page with a File List feature that you can send directly to a client with a password will let them download music files quickly and securely for review.
Payment: After discussing the project and working out details, you can add a Store feature to a page set as not in menu, set an amount for your services, and accept a deposit or final payment via Paypal or a credit card.
Mailing List: One of the best ways to stay in touch with people is still by email (good thing all Bandzoogle plans include a mailing list!) Consider including an email list signup on your Homepage and Contact page, and give people an incentive to sign up like exclusive offers, discounts, and invites to private events at your studio.
Blog: One way to keep your website content fresh and encourage visitors to come back is by blogging regularly. You can use a blog right on your Homepage to talk about your latest projects, post behind-the-scenes photos and videos from sessions in your studio, and announce new projects, new gear, or special promotions for your studio.
Be sure to check out these music studio websites for some inspiration - using Bandzoogle for their recording studio website means they’re able to add, and update content and files at any time!
In the music business, everything starts with a great song. But the decisions you make after the music is made will have as big, or perhaps even bigger, impact on your success or failure. So picking a great team of professionals is one of the most important and impactful decisions you're going to make.
Getting that team together is important because it allows you to focus 100 percent on your music. Having a great professional team in place also provides you with valuable knowledge and perspective in important areas of your career like making music, marketing and promoting the music, building a live show and touring business, and building your brand. It'll also lead you to better decisions and results that can maximize your success and ultimately extend your career.
So what are the most important things to consider when choosing who you want to take along on your musical journey? Read on...
Imagine you're in a rock band that wants to make records and play live shows. You've been doing everything on your own for what seems like forever, but you're actually making progress. "What" you need now is an experienced manager, one who gets rock music and has real connections at labels that know how to market rock bands. You need someone who has connections in the live business to help you tour and take things up to that mythical "next level."
Now, say you have a friend who's been coming to every one of your shows since you started. She reaches out to you and says she wants to manage the band. She knows your music, knows your fanbase, and has a couple of creative ideas on how to get more fans. She doesn't have any prior experience or connections in the business, but her passion is evident. What do you do?
Your friend is someone "who" wants to manage your band, but doesn't have "what" you need. If you let your impatience or frustration with having to deal with the business guide your decision, you might agree and sign a contract. In the short term, you may think you solved your problems, but in fact you have not solved any problems at all. You got caught up in the "who" and not the "what."
Instead of thinking about who can fix your immediate problem, you need think about what you need to get to the next level. What would that be? You need to sign to a booking agency. You need to get your music in front of A&R people at record companies. You need a publishing or licensing deal. What you need should dictate who you hire.
You hear it all the time that connections are everything in the music business. Let's look at why. If your songs and performances are where they need to be, what you need is a phone call or two to some people in the music business who can elevate what you're already doing. So your friend says she'll pick up the phone and start cold calling agencies and labels. She's sure you'll have a deal once they hear the music and see a YouTube video of your band. This sounds reasonable, right? Not so fast.
The thing about the music business is that people like to take calls from people they already know. Agencies like to do business with people they've already done business with. Record companies like giving money to people they've given money to before. That's why connections matter, and that's why experience, relationships, and track record win over enthusiasm more often than not in the music business.
If you decide to enlist with your friend and fill current needs, you'll have wasted time at the very least. In the worst case scenario, you'll have signed a management agreement with somebody who can't help you. Even worse, that management agreement you signed might prevent a manager who could actually help you from coming on board. That's the biggest impact that getting involved with a business partner too quickly can have on your long-term goals.
I have come across countless acts in the music business who've signed with the wrong manager or label because the artist wanted help in the moment. Instead of relieving the burden with what seemed like an easy fix, the artist's situation became a tangled mess. (If you haven't already seen this video about the Turtles and their management woes, you should watch it. It's a sadly comical sketch of what actually happens when things go wrong.)
When you're thinking for the long-term and picking your business partners, be smart. Do your homework. Don't be afraid to ask potential business partners about their experience, contacts, and track record for fear of scaring them off. If you don't get the right answers, you're not talking to the right prospective partners.
If you're really serious about a career in the music business, you'll find a lot more tips on building your team in my new online course, "Renman U Insider's Guide to Today's Music Business." Click here for a free preview.
Read more about picking and hiring your team:
Over the last 36 years, Steve "The Renman" Rennie has become one of the most successful and respected professionals in today's music business. He has amassed a broad swath of experience as a concert promoter (Sr. VP of Avalon Attractions, now Live Nation, 1984-1990), record company executive (Sr. VP and GM of Epic Records, 1994-1998), internet entrepreneur (ArtistDirect, 1998-2000) and artist manager (Incubus, 1998-2014). Now, he is dedicating himself to mentoring this next generation of artists and music pros through his website, Renman Music & Business, an online education portal for the music industry, and Renman U, an interactive online course designed to be "an insider's guide to today's music business."
Every week, we highlight one of our favorite websites on Bandzoogle.
What: Hip-Hop Artist
Where: Toronto, Canada
Why his website rocks: From the nice bright header image to the prominent mailing list sign up form, K-Slick's Homepage is set up for a great viewing experience. In fact, looking at his setup you'd think he wrote our popular blog post about the essentials of a great homepage.
The Homepage is the most visited page on a website, so you'll want to make it stand out. K-Slick does this by adding a few large videos at the top of his page followed by a couple options for fans to connect to him through social media. He rounds out the page by adding a nice media article in a blog feature. This adds credibility and buzz, making fans want to explore more of his site and music.
The rest of his pages are clean, organized and have great content. He keeps fans engaged by adding new videos, pictures, contests, and music consistently. Keep it up K-Slick, you're doing a great job!
Take a look at his awesome website here: http://kslick.com
Every week, we highlight one of our favorite websites on Bandzoogle.
Who: Mikaela Kahn
What: Singer-Songwriter / Alt R&B / Indie Pop
Where: Austin, Texas
Why her website rocks: Everything on Mikaela’s site is put together cohesively, tying into the muted, gorgeous colors of her newly released album. Her Homepage offers music and video, plus a few text tidbits and assorted quotes.
Her design is simple and stellar: using one of our themes that offers a full-width header area, each page has a different header image, and every one of them mimics the same color scheme, with her logo keeping it all consistent.
The rest of the pages are clean and allow her content to do the talking - from the Press page filled with quotes, music, and hi-res images, to her summer songwriting camp page. Lots to look at and listen to, made easy with a beautiful design. Well done!
Check out her excellent website at: http://www.mikaelakahn.com
Music makes the world go round, but does it make you more productive at work? While researching for this blog post I found some really great in depth articles on the topic of music and work productivity. One of the best articles I found on this topic was The Complete Guide to Listening to Music at Work by Adam Pasick.
Instead of rehashing all the great information and tips about listening to music at work, the effects of music on the brain and productivity levels, I thought it’d be fun to get a bit more personal.
I sent an email to the Bandzoogle team asking some questions about their music habits at work. I really enjoyed the responses and hope you will too!
1) Do you listen to music while working? Why or why not?
Chris - Yup. I work best in the evenings, and always have music on. Anything without lyrics, or with non-english lyrics so I can concentrate.
Stacey - Half of the time, yes. i concentrate best when there is background noise and it helps keep my energy/motivation up during the day while i work from home
Allison - I’d love to but I get too caught up in the lyrics, riffs, background vocals, etc. so it’s too difficult to focus. Because of that I usually work in complete silence. Sometimes I go stir crazy so I do put on an ambient noise app like Coffitivity or listen to music without lyrics.
Melanie - I prefer total quiet and don’t tend to turn music on while I work. Which is funny because my husband is a musician so his practicing on the grand piano downstairs tends to bleed through, and I love listening to that!
Justin - It depends on what I'm doing. If I'm doing a task that has a lot of repetition in it, I'll listen to music to keep my mind active. If I'm doing something that requires a lot of focus, I turn the speakers off. I find I get too into the music to split my focus.
Joseph - I love to but there are some exceptions there. Depends on the complexity of whatever I'm doing at that moment, if in chat and have multiple conversations going I'll keep it paused to focus.
Adam - Often, but not always. If I’m having a conversation in chat the tunes are off, or if I’m working on some tricky troubleshooting I’ll pause the tunes to maintain better focus on the task at hand.
David E - No. Answering chat and e-mail demand a lot of focus and in rotating through the various member sites, where many have autoplay enabled, it just isn't feasible for me.
Desi - I typically do, because I need background noise. If I don't have music on, I have the TV on.
Dave Cool - Most days yes. I use it to either help relax if it's a hectic day/I've had too much coffee, or to get me hyped up if I'm feeling sluggish/haven't had enough coffee. Basically it depends on my coffee intake.
Colin - Almost always. I enjoy it and it usually helps me to focus.
Dave S - Yes, I listen to music most of the time no matter what I’m doing. But quite often when getting into something complicated I have to pause to concentrate.
Daniel - Usually, yes. It sets a tempo and mood for my day, and is also just enjoyable.
Eli - I don't usually listen to music while working, mostly because I forget to turn it on! Sometimes CBC radio mumbles away in the background.
Josh - I pretty much listen to music all day as I find it helps me keep focused.
Jorge - No, I don’t. I prefer silence to focus. I have tried in the past, when I worked in a place that wasn’t as quiet at my current home office, but I learned that background music affected my concentration.
Serge - Depends on my mood and depth of work at hand :-) Music does go well with support work or working with familiar code. But it is too distracting when trying to hunt down a particularly pesky bug or learn a new API.
2) Why type of music do you listen to?
Chris - I'm on a world-music kick recently, which is also great for working. Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars (who are Bandzoogle members) and Tinariwen are recent favorites. Both have inspirational stories behind their music.
Stacey - Classic rock. Bob Seger, Journey, Lou Reed, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, ELO, CCR. If it sounds like an anthem I probably have it on repeat.
Allison - My favorite music is Gospel (Smokie Norful, J. Moss, Kirk Franklin, Coko, Stacie Orrico) followed strongly by R&B, Hip-Hop and Rap (Mint Condition, Jhene Aiko, Chris Brown, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Ne-yo), then other genres like rock (I love Paramore) and a bit of country (Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Jamie O’Neal). I also really enjoy Air Supply, Jimmy Buffet, The Carpenters, Crystal Gayle and Beach Boys because it reminds me of my parents.
Melanie - I love singer/ songwriter folky pop music. Meaningful lyrics and a great melody. Right now some of my favorites are Kathleen Edwards, The Civil Wars, Gabe Dixon and Amos the Transparent. I was also raised on classic rock like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and we put on those same old records all the time.
Justin - I have a pretty wide range of artists that I like to listen to - classics like Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Elvis, and The Beatles, Canadian folk artists like Bruce Cockburn, The Claytones, Red Moon Road, and James Hill (who has a website with BZ!), and, like Eli, I also love German lieder, and listen to (and learn it!) pretty frequently.
Joseph - Depends on the day and the weather! My music library is a compilation of everything I listened to in early high school up to now, so you'll find a range of bands like Pantera, Megadeth and Nine Inch Nails to Wilson Pickett and The Gipsy Kings.
Adam - Electronic, Motown, classic Hip Hop, Punk Rock, New Wave… almost everything.
David E - Mostly classical although I do dabble in other genres.
Desi - Cliche as it is, I listen to everything! My favorite band is a rock band, but I also really love folk-y Americana, jazz, top 40, "classic" rock, indie pop, and living in Nashville has even gotten me into a little bit of country!
Dave Cool - Usually instrumental music, which isn't too distracting for writing. I love listening to Bandzoogle member Sam Rae for that reason, or Jon Hopkins. I often put on the "Afternoon Acoustic" playlist on Spotify as well, and have discovered a lot of great artists that way.
Colin - I grew up in the 80s listening to punk, alternative, and industrial music. I still listen to that sort of music pretty much, along with plenty of other types. I wouldn't say there's any particular kind of music I prefer. One thing that has changed for me is I like to be challenged by the music I listen to, whether that's via the politics of the music, the sound/style, or something else.
Dave S - I’m a rock and metal guy at heart but listen to a wide variety of music, anything that catches my ear really. For example recently I got Tove Lo’s Habits (Stay High) stuck in my head for weeks and that could be heard throughout the house multiple times a day. Mostly my entire music collection is on shuffle but I step into entire albums a couple of times a day when a favourite track comes along. I have to be careful during work hours as I’m surrounded by guitars and have to resist the urge to pick one up and figure out something that catches my ear or play along to a song I love to play.
Daniel - I’m all over the map. Everything from electro to jazz to metal to folk to hip-hop.
Josh - I'll listen to any genre but mostly Jazz, funk or rock. In general I like intense music that has a technical element to it. For example, I love early Metallica as much as I love John Coltrane, and I love the Minutemen as much as I love The Tower of Power. The genre really makes no difference to me.
Jorge - All kinds (a cliche, I know). My playlist includes some fixed picks like Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joaquin Sabina, Mecano, Fito y Fitipaldis, some U2 (don’t tell Colin)… Periodically I like to add songs I grab from top lists in bulk (both international and Spanish), so you won’t hear me complain about mainstream music.
Serge - Anything goes. But I keep coming back to mostly electronic stuff.
3) Do you listen to different music at certain times of day or while working on different tasks?
Chris - Definitely. My most recent playlist is "Baby tunes" to entertain my 10 month old daughter Molly, with Raffi, the Beatles, and BZ members Caspar Babypants.
Stacey - There is pretty much always music playing in my office/house. It goes on with the coffee pot and out with the lights.
Allison - I mainly listen to music when I’m getting ready to go out, in the grocery store, cooking, in the car, when I workout or when I’m hanging out with friends/family. It pretty much always turns into a mini-concert when music goes on because I really get into it. If I’m working and I want to listen to music I usually go for a 90’s mix (like Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock radio) or something super chill like piano or violin music.
Melanie - I always put music on when I’m not working. My 2 year old loves Johnny Cash and Raffi, so that’s on a lot in the morning and evening.
Justin - Just depends on my mood! Sometimes, I like to listen to something chill and soft, and sometimes I need something to amp me up, like Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell.
Joseph - I generally keep my entire library on random but definitely prefer the more mellow grooves in the morning and then ramp it up slowly as the day progresses.
Adam - I’ll listen to music based on the mood I’m in - if I’m in a good rhythm, I’ll put on something that’s all beat and bass. Usually something with a reasonable tempo for work, like LCD Soundsystem, Ark Analog or Silkken Laumann. I tend to lean towards more downtempo music when designing, like Massive Attack, Elsiane, Becks new album, or some good soul like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings or Charles Bradley.
David E - The selection is dependent on mood. Recently, I have been listening to a lot of string music ranging from Bach's works for solo violin, through Shostakovich's string quartets and Takemitsu's Requiem for Strings.
Desi - I listen to music basically 24/7. From the time I get up in the morning until my record player ends after I fall asleep.
Dave Cool - Yeah, so for when I'm writing, I stick to instrumental & mellow electronic music. If I'm responding to a bunch of emails, I'll put something on that will help get me a bit hyped up, like Rival Schools or Cold War Kids.
Colin - I have a long drive to get my child to and from school, and he's been obsessed with the soundtrack to the Matilda musical, so we listen to that a lot in the mornings and afternoons. Otherwise, I'm pretty flexible.
Dave S - No whether it’s 9 am or midnight my music of choice is whatever I want to listen to right then and there, the neighbours haven’t said anything about the death metal at 2am - yet. Listening to instrumental music is best for not getting (too) distracted, such as acoustic guitar virtuosos like Michael Hedges, Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel but I can only listen to something without a beat in short bursts.
Daniel - Absolutely. When I’m really needing to focus I usually put on deep house/trance/Berlin techno or an instrumental jam of some kind. When I’m doing repetitive work, it’s often a more upbeat jangle pop, Caribbean soul, reggae, or even classic rock. And when I’m in a creative design flow, I usually go for art indie.
Eli - Not sure if my tastes change based on context. If I have a craving, I'll listen to it.
Josh - I find that Electronic music like Deadmaus or Darkside can be the perfect work music. It's not something I would listen to all the time but it keeps me in a good rhythm and focused. It's the modern equivalent of the drums on the slave ships in Ben Hur. A good part of my day is doing design and I can listen to just about anything while doing that. If I have to write or communicate with folks I have to avoid music with vocals.
Jorge - I love and need music when running. I have empirically learned that without music my already pretty limited endurance gets seriously affected. I also love my music when cooking.
Serge - I just fire up my Rdio, try on a few things to see what fits and then adjust accordingly throughout the day :-)
As you can see the BZ crew has very diverse music preferences. It’s great because we all share and learn about new artists/music from each other.
Now it’s your turn…. In the comments, we’d love to hear your answers to these three questions as well.
1) Do you listen to music while working? Why or why not?
2) Why type of music do you listen to?
3) Do you listen to different music at certain times of day or while working on different tasks?