Pocket-lint's music discovery interview series, in collaboration with Cambridge Audio, has featured an athlete, a musician and members of an audio manufacturer so far, but this week we turn to somebody integral to the changing nature of music delivery; Mark Williamson from Spotify.
Spotify has been hugely important to the shift in the way we all listed to music these days. And while it might not be to Radiohead front man Thom Yorke's taste, we have little doubt that without it - and other similar streaming services - we wouldn't have found quite so many new artists and musical genres to enjoy.
Williamson, as the company's director of artist services, is partly responsible for that. It is his team that builds relationships with artists, popular and new and therefore he's listened to a lot of music as part of his job. That's why we called on him to give us a few tips on what we should check out...
Who are you?
What do you do?
"Director of artist services at Spotify."
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What are your top five tracks right now?
"Eaves, As Old As The Grave.
"TV On The Radio, Happy Idiot.
"alt-J, Warm Foothills."
What’s your favourite British band and why?
"Led Zeppelin. The greatest band ever, also British."
What track makes you think of the Summer?
"Miike Snow, Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)."
What track makes you think of the winter?
"Ummmm, the Game of Thrones theme song?"
What’s your favourite gadget at the moment?
"The monitors in Spotify London office’s listening room."
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What’s the next gadget you are hoping to buy soon?
"My wife is pregnant so it’ll most likely be some ridiculously over-featured baby monitor."
When you listen to music on the go, in a hotel room or the like, do you listen to music on a pair of speakers or are you a headphones kind of person?
"On the go, it’s usually my headphones."
If you could have lunch with one band or singer (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
"Jimi Hendrix. Do you really need a reason?"
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