Julia Maehner - Music to Curator Interview

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Julia Maehner - Music to Curator Interview

My name is Julia, and I live in Munich, Germany. I’m a trained journalist and I do a lot of things - play guitar and sing, make awesome salsa and bread, write about music and hiking. My job is working as a marketing specialist for .objective Software, an IT company based in Munich. They build software for the automotive sector - autonomous driving, car-sharing and all that - as well as smart cities...

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Music to Play Video Games

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Music to Play Video Games

Video game music has come along way since the early days of 8-bit grunts and beeps. Not that there's anything wrong with 8-bit grunts and beeps, mind you. If the Tetris soundtrack has taught us anything as a civilization it's that good music can come grunting and beeping in 8 little bits. There is a lot of great video game music out there and more people should know about it; that's the point of this playlist...

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Music to Bleed Neon To

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Music to Bleed Neon To

Do you want to feel electric? Cool, me too. 

This is a collection of songs that feel like youth, like rebellion and staying out too late, like shots in a smoky bar, like dancing with a stranger. These are songs that are neon pink, liquid gold, electric blue, that buzz and sing with their own life long after you've stopped playing them.

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Cormac McGee - Music to Curator Interview

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Cormac McGee - Music to Curator Interview

I'm Cormac McGee, from Toronto, Canada. Similar to many folks in the music industry, I've got a few different gigs. I do some concert production and promotion, artist management and DJing, and help run The Music Den: An incubator for musical entrepreneurs based at Ryerson University. 

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Music to Love Your Commute

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Music to Love Your Commute

Music is what makes the mundane bits of life—those tedious yet inevitable things, like commuting to work—bearable. I spend a ridiculous amount of time in the car, and it can’t be helped. As a music geek who is stuck with a long commute, I try to make the most of it by using that time to take in a ton of music. It’s something I’ve (mostly) come to appreciate.

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Shooting Questions At The Messenger - An Interview With Apostle

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Shooting Questions At The Messenger - An Interview With Apostle

Apostle is a new rising talent from London, England, whose debut single "Dakota Thunder Rising" came out right before Christmas. It's a brilliant pop song with a very thought-provoking and poetic lyric – one of those songs that stay with you even after you've taken your headphones off and gone to bed. 

Impressed by the songwriting talent of this young man, I asked for an interview and was granted one. I was excited. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about Apostle and more importantly, spread the word about him and his music. And no, the irony of becoming a messenger of the messenger (the definition of the word "apostle") did not escape me.

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Music to Be Alive To

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Music to Be Alive To

Don’t just exist; live. 

Our lives today are fast, and often dreary. In the everyday rut of doing well at work, or at school, our lives are halfway strung: the willingness to savour every moment but lacking the means—and I mean mostly time—to do so. We often find refuge in Netflix, to take a break from our own lives. But ever imagined what it would be like to make movies out of our own lives? Dramatic vision, I know: but that is entirely the point. Life is about drama; the roller coster ride of emotions and challenges. And like in the movies, sequence of our own lives deserve their own soundtracks...

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Music to Get Wild To

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Music to Get Wild To

Since the age of sixteen I always found myself curating countless discs of dance music. No matter what track, artist or genre was, if the beat was danceable, I would find myself gravitating towards it uncontrollably. Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Chic, The Village People, Justin Timberlake, Prince, Usher  and Will Smith are among several artists that I would listen to. They provided that initial inspiration for me to continue with the craft. From that moment on I knew that I wanted to do something with music.

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Music to Bend The Rules

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Music to Bend The Rules

I have loved music as far back as I can remember. I have had so many ridiculous phases; from obsessing over hiphop artists such as Akon, to listening to Japanese Rock Bands from the 70s such as Theatre Brook, my taste in music has lead me to have a very open mind...

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An Interview With Nigel Powell By Julia Maehner

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An Interview With Nigel Powell By Julia Maehner

Nigel Powell is a pretty sincere man. Although I only got to interview him via email, his answers ring with a clarity and honesty that’s pretty damn impressive. His portfolio is pretty impressive, also. He’s been a part of Frank Turner’s touring band The Sleeping Souls for ever now and working on several projects on when he’s not on the road. The Sad Song Co. is the one project where he’s most himself and doesn’t depend on the vision of others. Powell’s new record Worth is due February 9, 2018. It’s a collection of songs that flow seamlessly into one another, in spite of the impressive eclectic songwriting style he displays. While a solemn prog rock vibe is the thread holding them together, Powell plays with whimsical pop arrangements, minimal synthesizer rhythms and sweeping guitar solos to craft his intricate music. 

Q: You use a lot of spiritual imagery in your lyrics. How does religion influence your songwriting?

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Music to Celebrate Life

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Music to Celebrate Life

I remember being fourteen in 1986 and buying the Beatles' “Magical Mystery Tour” album. I went home, poured myself a glass of Dr. Pepper and sat down on our living room couch to look at the LP cover. Then I started playing the record. The last cut on side one, “I Am The Walrus” left me breathless. ..

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Music to Surf Naked On The Sun

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Music to Surf Naked On The Sun

When we satisfy our desire to eat, to sleep, or reproduce, our brain releases dopamine--the "feel good" neurochemical involved when we experience pleasure and reward. Turns out this same chemical is released when listening to music (aka eargasms). I will be your song dealer and this playlist contains highly concentrated musical frisson.

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Music to Experience Urban Love Affairs

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Music to Experience Urban Love Affairs

Sex and love relationships have fascinated me for a very long time - I see myself as a researcher and observer - whether creatively and professionally or just out of personal interest, it occupies me how technology changed our behavior and how challenging to us relationships have become.  

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Music to Follow Dreams

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Music to Follow Dreams

Era un adolescente en plena segunda mitad de los 90’s, a pesar de las listas mainstream y el inicio de Internet, no eran suficientes medios para encontrar nuevas propuestas y mucho menos para encontrar CD’s de tus artistas favoritos, para ello si tenias suerte podías solicitar importados desde Estados Unidos y con una larga espera de 3 a 6 meses,

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