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.
If your work was a song or a musician, what or who would it be? I'd be honored to say M. Ward or Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), but actually I have no clue!
- 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