There are some people who need constant audio companionship to keep us sane/motivated. Music is the soundtrack to our creativity. It makes work possible, helps define who we are and adds just enough fuel to our day to get us over most major hurdles. Each week, thanks to our friends at Inspired Mag, we aim to bring you a new musical suggestion, complete with a recommendation for it’s “intended use”. We hope to explore the full spectrum of musical tastes, so check back each week!

Music For Productivity: March 3rd, 2011

Artist: Mike Del Rio
Album: The Mad World
Genre: Rock/Pop

Things have been getting pretty dark around here. We’re trying to finish a big project and everyone is really tired and irritable. When things get like that, the best thing to do is put on some uplifting pop music and get down. To business.

Unfortunately, our tastes tend to sway in the opposite direction of uplifting. In fact, I’ve recently been listening to In Memoriam – Music For Solemn Occasions and wanted to write this article about that and was persuaded otherwise. I’m not even sad… it’s just really good! It’s like being in the darkest scene in a movie all the time.

Once again, this article is making no sense. The point is, our friends recently recommended an artist called Mike Del Rio and passed his album, The Mad World along to us. The album is exactly the kind of supercharged, catchy pop we needed to turn the beat around in the office. We’ve been listening to it non-stop while building websites and whatever. Not dancing. I promise you.

Here’s the best part… Del Rio is unsigned, making him the first unsigned artist to appear in Music For Productivity. We’ll try and feature unsigned artists more often. But don’t send us your press pictures where you have funny jeans and you’re standing in front of a brick wall and the one guy is looking off to the side.

Intended Use: I don’t know about you, but we could REALLY use this type of music to blend in with other personality types and social groups.


Have a music tip for us? What music do you listen to while working? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!