I might not like the Herman Miller’s Twitter strategy, but I do like their Lifework blog and I am religious reader of that site. It is chock-full of of great stuff, especially links to articles and websites I typically don’t visit.
In particular, I love one of their weekly features: Playlist, where they ask some of their favorite people (designers and cool creatives) what they listen to when they work.
I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if we asked people in the tech industry to share the apps they use, their favorite gadgets and most importantly, the songs that inspire them?
Many of them have great and eclectic taste in music, so I thought I would ask them to share what they listen to and how they listen to. And I thought why not ask them about their favorite music blogs and apps and even Spotify/Rdio playlists– after all we all need help with discovery in this age of plenty.
So, with a full tip of the hat and extreme gratitude to folks at Herman Miller, here is our first musical bouquet. Our first candidate is Bijan Sabet, general partner at Spark Capital whose investments include Twitter and Tumblr, not to mention a whole bunch of other cool startups. He is often tweeting about music and blogs his favorite tunes on his tumblr.
What kind of music do you listen to when you work?
Usually new stuff but there are times when you just need to put on The Clash.
How do you listen to the music? (Tell us about the gear you use)
In the office i’ve got my iMac with external speakers I discovered on Svpply. When on the go, my iPhone with my new Bose IE2 headphones. At home we use Sonos all the time.
What are your favorite music apps/services?
ex-fm (social + curation); Soundcloud for new artists are constantly uploading their new stuff to Soundcloud and Rdio, especially if i just want to listen to an album from front to back.
What are your favorite music blogs?
We All Want Someone To Shout For: The founder Will Oliver has awesome taste and is a huge Arctic Monkeys fan. Today he’s got Beirut. I love that blog.
David Noel’s Tumblr always has great tunes and so does Fred Wilson’s Tumblr. And of course, Andy (Weismann) although today he’s got a Bee Gees cover which I’m not sure about. 🙂
What are you listening to right now?
I’ve got Ben Kweller’s new album “Go Fly A Kite” and the debut Of Monsters and Men’s on heavy rotation.
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