Want a bit of color? Check out these pick-me-up playlists from Alicia and Tony of Boston-based Chroma Lab, a bright little company providing specialty, hand-painted finishes for interiors, furniture, and more.
What do you listen to while you work? In general, Tony and I listen to different kinds of music while working. Tony likes indie and classic rock/pop, and I like pretty much anything from the 60s (especially girl groups), and upbeat stuff I can sing along and bounce to. There's some middle ground, fortunately, and it's called Talking Heads! We usually take turns listening to albums when we work together, since marriage–and a business partnership–is a compromise.
How do you listen? In the studio, we put the iPod through the tiny second hand stereo (our studio gets really messy and paint splattered), and on job sites we listen to the iPod through headphones so we don't disturb our clients. We listen to NPR on the radio, too.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? Tony uses eMusic, and we both find Newbury Comics a reliable place to get good used cds. We both like all the college radio stations Boston has to offer, especially MIT's station.
Does music influence your work? Not really, to be honest. Our inspiration usually comes from color and other visual cues. Music helps us to create a nice atmosphere while we work though, and we appreciate that.
Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? We occasionally find new music though friends, college radio, and eMusic. But most of the music we listen to we've been into for a long time. We're both pretty settled in our musical ways and neither of us can stay up late enough to go to concerts and shows anymore to discover new things!
If your work was a song or a musician, what or who would it be? We'd never claim that our work is as awesome as the groups we listen to. But in terms of the mood or feeling it creates, perhaps Cambridge-based Passion Pit. Their music is super vibrant and colorful, and we like to think our work is similarly fun to live with.