The sound of social media: Explore Dallas-Fort Worth interactive playlist

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You read their blogs, you’ve seen them speak – but do you know what they’re listening to?

explore-playlistAs a presenting sponsor of Explore Dallas-Fort Worth Feb. 17, Raven Tools wants to give you unparalleled access to the creative brains running this thing.

So we asked the event’s speakers (update: and Social Media Explorer head honcho Jason Falls) to help us build an interactive playlist that would attempt to capture the spirit of Explore and maybe tell you a little more about the people you’ll be hearing from.

The result is a pretty impressive playlist that runs the gamut from LL Cool J to M83 to Big & Rich. It’s fun, compelling and original – a lot like Explore will be. As Tom Webster put it, it “was fun ‘eavesdropping’ on everyone’s #musicDNA and sharing a little of my own.”

You can hear the playlist on Spotify (even though we’re big Rdio fans at Raven) and follow along with the tracklist below. We think you’ll find something you like!

Jason Fall’s picks

…are way too many to list here but include the Spin Doctors and Guns ‘n’ Roses. Seriously, he really got into it. Just go to Spotify.

Mike D. Merrill‘s pick

“Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J
“Old school choice.”

Nichole Kelly‘s picks

  • “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” by Big & Rich
    “We are in Texas after all! Why not have a little fun?”
  • “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot
    “Because it is my karaoke song of choice and well…I got back.”
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
    “It always get me pumped up.”

DJ Waldow‘s picks

  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
  • “Big Pimpin’/Papercut” by Jay-Z/ Linkin Park
  • “Forgot About Dre” by Dr. Dre
  • “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z
  • “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys
  • “Jump” by Kris Kross
  • “Run This Town” by Jay-Z
  • “Someone Like You” by Adele

Our very own Arienne Holland’s picks

  • “Free My Mind” by Katie Herzig
    “Katie is from Nashville, where she’s a low-key lady, but you might know her best from how often she’s on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack.”
  • “Lost in My Mind” by The Head and The Heart
    “If I ever look distracted, this might be why.”
  • “The Magic” by Joan as Police Woman
    “My partner in social media crime, Courtney Seiter, sometimes sends me albums she thinks I’ll like. Her recommendations are always good. She’s never a snob… except about music.”
  • “O Marie” by Daniel Lanois
    “Some people zone out with synthesizers when they’re writing presentations. I choose other languages.”
  • “Separate Ways – Live” by Journey
    “Forget that other Journey song they play all the time and listen to this one live.”
  • “Under The Milky Way” by The Church
    “Because the only music better than live music is acoustic music.”
  • “Addicted To Love” by Florence & The Machine
    “I read once that a cover should only improve a song. This does that. And it’s hella sexy.”
  • Anything Mitch Hedburg (which I couldn’t add to the playlist because comedians swear too much). “Three Easy Payments” or “Business Cards” would be appropriate for this event. 😉

Tim Hayden’s picks

  • “Imitosis” by Andrew Bird
  • “Golden” by My Morning Jacket
  • “Good Weekend” by Art Brut
  • “Cemetery Lawn” by The Rosebuds
  • “I Thank You” by ZZ Top
  • “I Turn My Camera On” by Spoon
  • “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake
  • “Changing” by The Airborne Toxic Event
  • “Drink ‘Til We’re Gone” by Lucero
  • “Revolution Girls” by Mariachi El Bronx

Tom Webster’s picks

  • “If I Wanted” Someone by Dawes
  • “The Snow Leopard” by Shearwater
  • “Intro” by M83
  • “The Wilhelm Scream” by James Blake
  • “Putting The Dog To Sleep” by The Antlers
  • “Coastal Brake” by Tycho
  • “the birds” by elbow
  • “Soft” by Washed Out
  • “I Can’t Help You Anymore” by Aimee Mann
  • “Last Chance” by Turin Brakes

Aaron Strout‘s pick

“Girl is On My Mind” by The Black Keys

Brannan Atkinson’s pick*

*Technically not a speaker, but he’s my boss so he gets a vote anyway.
“Texas In 1880” by Foster And Lloyd
“This is from back in the day – aka the 1980s.”

We can’t wait to see you at Explore Dallas-Fort Worth!

P.S. We got this idea from this awesome guest post on using streaming music sites for Internet marketing.

Photo courtesy Gideon Tsang on Flickr