This week’s Playlist is from Rick VanderLeek of Fairly Painless Advertising who counts Herman Miller as one of his clients and has an iTunes playlist that could run for a month without repeating a song. Here he references not one, but two, great music sources from previous Playlisters: Justin Gage’s Aquarium Drunkard and Designers.MX from Blake Allen. Do great minds think alike? Find out with this new mix from the Saugatuck, Michigan-based art director and graphic designer.
What do you listen to while you work? I work at all hours, so it’s more about the time of day that determines what I listen to. If I broke it out, I think it’s fair to say mornings are usually acoustic/folk. Afternoons I typically listen to more indie/rock. At night, I usually turn to more beat-driven/ambient/electronic music, and often jazz.
How do you listen? During the day, earbuds. Occasionally I’ll unplug and DJ in the creative department at the office. I love turning people on to new music. I listen through Seige Audio headphones while I work at home.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? If I’m listening to music online, it’s usually KCRW’s eclectic24. Lately I’ve been checking out Designers.MX. Such a good combination of music and design. I want to create a mix for them. I’m currently checking out Spotify.
Does music influence your work? Well, it must in some way or another. I listen to it all the time. It’s hard to pinpoint how a specific album or song would influence me through my design. However, I could design a poster in a shorter time listening to Animal Collective or Girl Talk than I would listening to an acoustic Neil Young album. An aspect of my job that I love is helping with the musical direction for a video or film Fairly Painless is working on. Whether it’s the pensive tone of The Album Leaf or an upbeat RJD2 jam, it’s a challenging task matching music with picture.
Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? I have a friend that owns a coffee shop and another friend who owns a record store—great resources. I also have a nightly routine of visiting a handful of music blogs such as I Guess I’m Floating, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Gorilla vs. Bear, and Aquarium Drunkard. Twitter can be a great resource, too.
For Beginners, M. Ward
Far, Far Away, Wilco
Used to Be, Beach House
French Exit, The Antlers
Trigger Cut, Pavement
William, It Was Really Nothing, The Smiths
Savage Night at the Opera, Destroyer
Kicked It In The Sun, Built To Spill
Real Love, Delorean
Circling, Four Tet
The Wilhelm Scream, James Blake
The Falcon Will Fly Again, Brad Mehldau
Images courtesy Rick VanderLeek