Take a quick look around Designers.MX and you’ll immediately know why we approached its co-founder, designer/creative producer Blake Allen, to be part of our weekly series. Kick back with his diverse Playlist—a mixture of movie tunes and a little gran cassa you could probably easily hear playing through the halls of his office in Nashville.
How do you listen? It varies. Usually when I’m at the office, I use Bose headphones, but we’ve set up a “jukebox” (iMac) with all of our music and play it through the office. When I’m working from home, I use an AirPort Express with my surround sound. Definitely my favorite way to listen to music.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? I follow plenty of music blogs and share new music with friends. That is the reason Josh Sullivan and I started Designers.MX. To help find and share new music.
Does music influence your work? Without a doubt. It helps me filter out other distractions and get lost in the exploration of design.
Who influences your musical taste? Fellow designers. We share music in the office, which introduces me to new music that I wouldn’t normally listen to.
What song or artist best represents the work you create? Claire de Lune. Classic.
DLZ, TV On the Radio
On We March, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Cover Your Tracks, Young Galaxy
Benjamin and Daisy, Alexandre Desplat
No Harm, The Boxer Rebellion
The Space in Between, How to Destroy Angels
What Must Be Done, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Ada Plays, Gabriel Yard
Hearing Damage, Thom Yorke
Running from the Cops, Phantogram
Tennessee, Hans Zimmer
Images by Kris D’Amico