I’m a maker in Denver, Colorado. I work in software development, and all of my free time is either spent on the mountain or being creative! I knit as well as sew garments, quilts and other housewares. Outside of these things, my background is in audio production and music. I have a degree in Audio Aesthetics and Technology, and I’ve been a musician and critical music listener my whole life.
What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:
Music is connected to everything in my life! I choose my music and listening style based on what I’m trying to accomplish.
If I’m trying to get inspired, I lay on my basement floor either with headphones or in front of my stereo setup and really critically listen to an album start to finish. This usually puts me in a productive creative mindset, and the album choice helps me go where I want to go.
If i’m trying to knock out difficult tasks, I put on something lower-energy. Higher BPM and more instrumentation scrambles my brain too much to work on something complex.
When I’m cruising on a project and my direction is clear, I opt for party music. My definition of party music is pretty broad – this can mean indie electronic, rap, bedroom pop, crunchy guitars, the list goes on.
If I’m home, there is always music on in my house.
Tell us about your playlist:
I’m not great at playlists – I’m an album listener. But I’m also passionate about sharing the tracks and artists I love. So for this playlist, I tried to mimic my emotional progression on a typical making journey.
I start slow. I need some calm comfort to get me through figuring out the beginning of a project. Modest Mouse’s “Gravity Rides Everything” makes me feel something physical in my chest every time I listen to it – it immediately brings me to a place of empathy which is exactly where I need to be to feel out a project.
Once I gear up, I like to get a little more intense. This is where the garage rock comes in. I’m really into this grunge-y movement coming out of Australia right now, so I’ve added in Camp Cope’s “The Opener” and Hockey Dad’s “Germaphobe”. These songs amp me up and get my adrenaline flowing.
At some point in the project, I hit a wall. I get down on myself. So this where the sad songs come in. Jeff Buckley’s “Lover You Should Have Come Over” breaks me every time I hear it. And Car Seat Headrests “There Must Be More Than Blood” (their best song on their most recent record IMO) serves as a nice transition to the next phase.
I’m back on the upswing. There’s a long section in the middle here which I call “Songs I know All The Words To.” When I’m really in a groove, I want to belt out comforting songs in my craft room while I’m making. Rilo Kiley’s “It’s a Hit” makes me feel like I’m right on track. Pure Prairie League’s “Amie” reminds me of my Dad. The Mighty Pines “Midwestern Guy” reminds me of home (I’m from St. Louis, Missouri!).
Towards the end of the project, I’m ready to celebrate. I gear up with Thundercat’s “A Fan’s Mail” and Blood Orange’s “Best to You” to get my head right. Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and Kim Petras’ “I Don’t Want It At All” get me on top of the world. And Remi Wolf’s “Disco Man” and CHIKA’s “Crown” bring it home.
- Someday – triple j Like A Version – Julia Jacklin
- Gravity Rides Everything – Modest Mouse
- Impossible Germany – Wilco
- The Embers – Vagabon
- I Don’t Stay Up – Gum Country
- Thriving – Diet Cig
- Thinning – Snail Mail
- Love Test – The Growlers
- The Opener – Camp Cope
- Clean Jeans – Remember Sports
- Rugged Country – Japanese Breakfast
- Germaphobe – Hockey Dad
- Baybee – Jay Som
- Stay Down – Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus
- Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckley
- California Stars – Billy Bragg, Wilco
- Say Yes – Elliott Smith
- The Weather – Built To Spill
- There Must Be More Than Blood – Car Seat Headrest
- Meet Me in the Bathroom – The Strokes
- Little White Dove – Jenny Lewis
- November Spawned a Monster – 2010 Remaster – Morrissey
- Oh! You Pretty Things – 2015 Remaster – David Bowie
- Marquee Moon (Edit) – Television
- Modern Girl – Sleater-Kinney
- Midwestern Guy – The Mighty Pines
- Fire – Waxahatchee
- It’s a Hit – Rilo Kiley
- Harness Your Hopes – (B-side) – Pavement
- Gyroscope – Dismemberment Plan
- Grow into a Ghost – Swearin’
- Blue – The Jayhawks
- Amie – Remastered 1988 – Pure Prairie League
- Fish and Whistle – John Prine
- Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe
- Future Me Hates Me – The Beths
- Talking Backwards – Real Estate
- Mean Streets – Tennis
- Neon Skyline – Andy Shauf
- henna tattoo – Field Medic
- (Nothing But) Flowers – 2005 Remaster – Talking Heads
- West Coast – FIDLAR
- Every Tradition – Bully
- circle the drain – Soccer Mommy
- We Begged 2 Explode – Jeff Rosenstock
- Remind Me – Emily King
- Time – Free Nationals, Mac Miller, Kali Uchis
- A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II) – Thundercat
- Weird Fishes – Lianne La Havas
- Omaha – Toro y Moi
- Best to You – Blood Orange
- The Way Life Goes (feat. Oh Wonder) – Lil Uzi Vert, Oh Wonder
- Only Child – Tierra Whack
- 3 Nights – Dominic Fike
- Peach – Kevin Abstract
- Anita – Smino
- Come In Closer – Rhye
- Disco Yes – Tom Misch, Poppy Ajudha
- Ladybug – Garçons
- Where’s The Catch? (feat. André 3000) – James Blake, André 3000
- Love You Bad (feat. Phoelix) – Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Kamasi Washington, Dinner Party, Phoelix
- Second Chance – Caribou, Jessy Lanza
- Running Back To You – The Juan Maclean
- Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé) – Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé
- Wildin’ – Berhana
- Woodlawn – Aminé
- 1999 WILDFIRE – BROCKHAMPTON
- Dancing On My Own – Robyn
- I Don’t Want It At All – Kim Petras
- Disco Man – Remi Wolf
- CROWN – CHIKA