11 Musicians to Listen to at Work

They’ll help you relax, focus, and get more done!

1. Akiko Kiyama

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Bio: By the age of twelve, Akiko was a classically trained pianist and guitar player. She took this passion for classical music and fused it with the sounds created by electronic equipment to create a truly unique type of music. Over the years, her style evolved and today she produces some of the most captivating dance music we’ve ever heard.

Lyrics: Rare

Genres: Electronic, Industrial

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

2. PIXL

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Bio: Nemanja Brenjo (stage name: PIXL), is an Australian electronic music producer who discovered his passion for creating music while in college. At the expense of his studies, he dove deep into music experimentation and soon developed some great electronic music that is sure to make your head bob.

Lyrics: Sometimes

Genres: Electronic, Dubstep

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

3. Bassnectar

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Bio: Lorin Ashton, or Bassnectar, is an American DJ and San Fran native. Although originally interested in visual arts, Ashton discovered his true calling in the mid-90s when he started attending raves (the legit, underground raves, not the popularized, ‘mainstream’ ones we have today.) Inspired by folks like Metallica, Nirvana, and Megadeth, Ashton’s music is designed to get you pumped up.

Lyrics: Often

Genres: Dubstep, Electronic

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

4. Balmorhea

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Bio: Based out of Austin, Texas, Balmorhea is a post-rock band. Their music is much more low key than the previous artists we’ve mentioned. If you are looking for something calming, then this is the band for you.

Lyrics: Sometimes

Genres: Classical, Post-rock, Pop

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

5. The Echelon Effect

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Bio: David Walter, the sole member of The Echelon Effect, posted the original tracks to his first album on MySpace (remember that site?) back in 2009. His soothing music transports us to the world of deep focus.

Lyrics: Rare

Genres: Ambient, Soundscape, Post-rock

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

6. Wynton Marsalis

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Bio: We love jazz (especially that jazz flute), and Wynton Marsalis’s music is some of our favorite. Marsalis has had quite the music career, including working with Woody Shaw, hosting a PBS show about music, and opening the world’s first institution for jazz. Today, Marsalis serves as the Jazz Studies director at Juilliard.

Lyrics: Rare

Genres: Jazz, Classical, Orchestral

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

7. Wess Meets West

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Bio: Wess Meets West has labeled themselves as ‘defiantly optimistic’. An interesting, but highly accurate description. Just give them a listen and you’ll know — or more accurately, feel — what they mean.

Lyrics: Rare

Genres: Soundscape, Post-rock, Electronic

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

8. DeVotchKa

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Bio: Their name, DeVotchKa, is Russian for ‘girl’. As is true with many great folk bands, their songs are able to capture and convey raw emotion through musical storytelling. They’ve been brought on for a few well-known projects, but most notable, the The Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack. (Side note: If you haven’t seen the movie, definitely check it out.)

Lyrics: Often

Genres: Indie folk, Indie rock

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube| Website

9. Color Theory

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Bio: Brian Hazard is the creator of Color Theory and has been cranking out great music for over 20 years. He’s won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and has helped produce music for Rock Band and Just Dance.

Lyrics: Often

Genres: Synthpop, Electronic

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube | Website

10. Crystal Castles

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Bio: According to Drowned in Sound, Crystal Castles’ music style is

“ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast that pierces your skull with their sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever.”

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Lyrics: Sometimes

Genres: Electronic, Experimental, Noise

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube | Website

11. Andhim

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Bio: Andhim is a German DJ duo that consists of Simon Haehnel and Tobias Müller. Looking to add a little funk to your playlist? These are the fellas for you.

Lyrics: Sometimes

Genres: House, Electronic

Links: Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube | Website

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