Well gang, it’s already the beginning of November and that means it’s practically ski and snowboard season. As my friends know, last season (2017-2018) was my first season living back in the Midwest. I lapped Trollhaugen’s park more times than is reasonable for me to count. My playlist is one thing that keeps me strapped onto my snowboard and lapping all day long. It’s pretty routine for me to be on the rope mouthing the words to the song playing in my ears or “dancing” to the beat as I approach a rail I know I shouldn’t be hitting but am trying anyway. Having my music is extremely important to me so having a winter jacket and snow pants that can hold my phone is super important. Last season there were a few times where I’d get to the top of the park and someone would ask me what I was listening to. My answer always seemed to either make them laugh or cause confusion. It was as if they expected me to listen to something completely opposite from what I had played. That had me thinking, what do other people listen to when they’re in the zone on the slopes? Because I’m nosy, I had to ask around the office and a few of my friends. Below are some of their answers:
What genre is most popular in your playlist?
Michelle: It’s all over the place. I primarily listen to indie, rap and old rock.
Tanner: Hardcore Punk
Peter: Surf Music and Soul for the deep days, Trap and Metal when cruising through the park
Spencer: Rap, sometimes classical
Cole: Post Rock (instrumental stuff) or Sludgy/Doomy Metal
Christina: Hip-Hop and Dubstep
Jeffy: Rap and Heavy Metal for the most part. There’s a lot of 90s grunge and indie but it’s mainly ASAP Ferg/Rocky and Slayer lol
What is your favorite artist / band to listen to when skiing / snowboarding?
Michelle: Guns N’Roses
Tanner: Bad Brains
Ronnie: mainly juice wrld, trippie redd, or Lil baby
Cole: O’Brother/This Will Destroy You
Christina: Skrillex and other artists that do remixes
Jeffy: Migos, ASAP Ferg/Rocky, Travis Scott, Three 6 any rap I guess. I can’t listen to metal and snowboard. I’ll just go to fast and get hurt lol
Ashley: That’s a solid 3 way tie: Biggie, 21 Savage and Juicy J
What is one song you could listen to on repeat for a day on the hill / mountain?
Michelle: “Pretty Pimpin” by Kurt Vile
Tanner: “Generator” by Turnstile
Peter: “Down and Out” by Cam’ron, Kanye West, Syleena Johnson
Spencer: “Criminal” by Prof
Cole: “Jerusalem” by Sleep
Christina: “HeadBand” (ft. 2 Chainz) – B.o.B.
Jeffy: “Paper Planes” by MIA. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. “No Quarter” by Led Zeppelin on a pow day might be the greatest thing of all time!
Ashley: “Scholarship” (feat. A$AP ROCKY) – Juicy J
What song would people be surprised to know is on your playlist?
Michelle – “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Tanner – Disney orchestra tracks
Peter: I have a song by the Walmart yodeling kid.
Ronnie: “Hopeless Romantic” (feat. Swae Lee) – Wiz Khalifa
Spencer: I don’t know any specific titles for classical music, but maybe one of those.
Cole: I’ve got one playlist that’s all songs from snowboard movies, so there’s some stuff I wouldn’t normally listen to on there.
Not Co-worker Friends:
Christina: “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry
Jeffy: “Soldiers” by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein. It’s from Stranger Things 2. Such a heavy song for such a heavy moment in that show.
Ashley: “Shake It Off” -Mariah Carey
Did you create your own playlist or listen to someone else’s?
Michelle: I have a few, they’re all very different.
Tanner: I create my own.
Peter: Make my own, the best way to hear everything I want
Ronnie: I make my own
Spencer: Typically I make my own.
Cole: I usually make one before I go out for the first time each season
Christina: I created my own playlist so I can be hyped all day long.
Jeffy: I create my own.I also have my spotify on private so nobody can see all of my horrible guilty pleasure music selection.
Ashley: I create my own
If you created your own, how many songs are on your playlist?
Michelle: Indie tops it at 200, with classic rock and rap following.
Tanner: 285 lol
Peter: 381 of pure hip hop and another 232 of vibey stuff
Spencer: I usually don’t stop adding songs, but maybe 500 right now.
Cole: I’ve got one with like 900 songs on it, ha
Christina: My playlist has 98 songs right now. I aggressively and frequently change that.
Jeffy: I have 3 playlists on my spotify. One for rap which has 74 songs. One for heavy metal/grunge which has 83 songs on it. And another for indie which has 48.
Ashley: 76 – everything from Project Pat to Taylor Swift.
If you had to pick a song for a video part of you, what would it be?
Michelle: “Mystik” by Tash Sultana
Tanner: “Alone” by Dinosaur Jr.
Peter: “Let Me Be the 1” (feat. Earl Swavey) by LNDN Drgs, Jay Worthy, P On the Boards
Ronnie: “Ned Flanders” (feat. A$AP Ferg) by MadeinTYO
Spencer: “Method Man” by Wu-Tang
Cole: “First” by The Chariot
Christina: “Location” – Khalid
Jeffy: “La Noyee” by Yann Tiersen
Ashley: “Toxic” – Britney Spears
Do you listen to this playlist outside of skiing / snowboarding?
Michelle: Yes, because I’m too lazy to organize my playlists so they all overlap.
Tanner: Quite a bit yeah
Ronnie: yes always
Cole: For sure
Christina: Yes, I listen to my playlist when ever “SEND IT” is applicable.
Jeffy: I do not. I’ll usually listen to podcasts or stand up comedy if I’m driving. If I’m working at home, I’ll listen to a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Smiths. I’ve been listening to a lot of Type 0 Negative lately.
Ashley: Absolutely! Anytime I need to get the vibe going and hype myself.
What is one song you could not live without on your playlist?
Michelle: “Avant Gardener” by Courtney Barnett
Tanner: “Africa” by Toto
Peter: “I’m On” by Kamaiyah
Ronnie: “YOSEMITE” -Travis Scott
Spencer: Any Prof song.
Cole: “Mount Hum” by The World is a Beautiful Place & I am no Longer Afraid to Die
Christina: “Funkytown” – Lipps Inc.
Jeffy: “Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz or “Creep” by Radiohead. Two of my favorite songs.
Ashley: “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
Follow our playlist on Spotify and enjoy your day out on the slopes!
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