Where are you based?
I am personally based in Cambridgeshire after moving out of London last year but my company is a remote working company so we are ‘based’ online.
Where do you work? What do you do?
I am the Founder & CEO of ClicknClear. We are a music rights tech and licensing company delivering officially licensed music to performance sports and fitness worldwide. My role these days largely involves working with record labels and publishers to make their content available via our licensing platform, working with our tech team to build unique technology to solve our markets’ problems and working with sports federations and organisations to educate them about music rights and implement our licensing solution.
What are you listening to?
I listen to a wide range of music from what’s on the charts to lesser-known artists I discover via Spotify or through gigs from industry events. I’m a big fan of Ed Sheeran and the Singer-Songwriter style.
How do you discover new music?
I largely discover music via Spotify. Usually, I put on a playlist or select a song I love and let Spotify play their recommendations to me. I dislike making decisions about what to listen to and prefer to set a mood or artist style and play the music that fits that and is similar. I also discover music by going to music industry events.
What formats do you usually listen to? LP, CD, Cassette, Digital, Streaming Services? Why?
predominantly I listen to Streaming Services these days. I have a record player and occasionally turn that on. I don’t remember the last time I played a CD or Cassette!! Also, I occasionally play the radio when I’m in my car, largely because my AUX input is broken.
“I don’t remember the last time I played a CD or Cassette! I do occasionally play the radio when I’m in my car, largely because my AUX input is broken…”
Where do you do most of your music listening?
Either at home, at social events or when I do exercise. I mostly listen through my headphones but occasionally I’ll use my studio monitors for non-work-related listening. I don’t have much of an awesome stereo set-up yet. I’d like to get something set up for the garden…soon!
How do you find and listen to pre-release music?
I don’t tend to listen to pre-released music. ClicknClear does receive music ahead of its release date but I’ve only occasionally gone to give it a cheeky listen when it’s an artist I really love and follow. Otherwise, I’ll just wait until it’s available on Spotify. I don’t listen to music as much as I used to because life is so busy and I can’t work with music in the background.
What are your frustrations with listening to music digitally? Any benefits?
I usually only play music on Spotify and I don’t have any frustrations with it other than I find it hard to find a list of all songs from an artist.
How do you keep track of everything you are listening to?
I’ll add music I like that I’ve found on Spotify to my favourites, as a playlist or download it if I’m able.
Do you tip other people off to new music? How?
Occasionally. I tend to share with friends, family and work colleagues mostly through private channels like messaging apps.