*Villains Beware: the following content is not suitable for those of a malevolent disposition*
Earlier this year, Andrew and I attempted an experiment. For a whole month, we swapped playlists, completely entrusting one to run the other's list in a way that stayed true to the central theme but also putted an added twist on the existing paradigm.
One of the major motivations behind this decision was that we both felt that Music to Save the World! had lost it's way a bit, and perhaps wasn't delivering on the mission statement set out at the start of the journey, which reads:
Every hero needs an epic soundtrack: Whether it’s defying all odds to get the kids to school on time or overcoming your manager’s shitty attitude in a board meeting, every single day we’re required to achieve superhuman feats.
That’s where Music to Save The World! To can help. Each song is lovingly hand-picked to highlight an aspect of the hero’s struggle, to galvanize you when the chips are down, and to supercharge you when Victory! is in sight.
This isn’t just the playlist you want. It’s the playlist you deserve.
I feel like recently Music to Save the World! has returned to its roots, and in many ways the direction has actually evolved. I've been through a radical creative renaissance over the past year, both as a music curator and as an artist and musician, and I owe this in no small part to the fact that Andrew not only understands my creative direction, but also has the fortitude to point out when I'm straying from the path - and more importantly, knows how to guide me back on target!
This Tuesday, Music to Save the World! celebrates its first birthday, and to commemorate such a prestigious event, I felt it would be appropriate to go back to the very beginning, and share once again the very first track from this playlist; the track that started everything, the track that set the tone, and continues to influence the direction, of a playlist that has become incredibly important to me.
So, thank you to Andrew and to my musicto family for the incredible journey so far, and I honestly can't wait to see where the next year takes us as a collective. This is only the beginning!
And of course, here's the original post from October 30th, 2017:
Villains Beware: the following content is not suitable for those of a malevolent disposition*
This song truly delivers on the title. Like a jumper cable to the nipples of your soul, it'll boost you through the most troubling parts of your adventure and see you on your way to Victory! From the chipmunked lead vocal to the intensity of the drop, the song injects groove and vibe from start to finish. If there were ever to be a soundtrack to being on top of the world, this would surely be it. As the song says, 'I just can't get enough', and I guarantee once you give this a spin, you won't either!
I only discovered Sagan a short while ago, but I have to say I've been addicted to his tracks ever since. As producers the first thing we wanna do after hearing a fire track is try and emulate it for ourselves, break it down into it's core pieces and figure out what it is about it that makes it worm into our brain and stay there. Sagan is one producer I just can't reverse engineer, and for this reason his tracks will remain enigmatic to me and therefore, awesome
Himalaya by Ellipsis
The Music to Save The World playlist is sponsored this month by Himalaya from Ellipsis.
The journey begins - fresh Chillstep from Ellipsis to help you focus. Stream it now:
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.