Author: Listen

Listen Provides Soundtrack to “ED By Ellen” Launch

Pioneering comedian and talk show host, Ellen Degeneres, has entered the world of fashion with her brand new fashion line, ED By Ellen. The label made its debut during New York Fashion Week last month with stars like Justin Timberlake and Kanye West attending the launch event at Bergdorf Goodman. Here’s a peek into this special evening with Listen music providing the perfect soundtrack to mark the celebration. 


Dee Dee (Dum Dum Girls) @ MOSCOT

For the latest Listen produced event for NYC eyewear institution MOSCOT, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls fame joined us at The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space to play a stripped back set for an eager crowd of longtime fans. Dee Dee was joined on stage by Kurt Feldman of Ice Choir, who provided background vocals and guitar. The duo delighted us with a 45 minute set of mostly Dum Dum Girls songs and even surprised us by playing a brand new track! Big thanks to Dee Dee and Kurt for stopping by the shop, we loved having you!

Penguin Prison @ MOSCOT Music

On a hot summer’s day back in June, Penguin Prison brought his electro-pop jams to an excited crowd at MOSCOT’s Orchard Street Gallery & Music Space, marking an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience for fans. See what Penguin Prison frontman, Chris Glover, had to say about the show over on Fuse and don’t miss the video of their live performance, featuring the addictive track “Calling Out”. 

Listen Scores AICP Awards Show Sponsor Reel

We were honored to be asked to score and sound design this year’s AICP Show sponsor reel, created by Quietman. The awards show was held at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art and celebrated the art and craft of the commercial with awards in 22 categories.

Jeremy Yang, our Creative Director composed the piece – “I really wanted the music to take the viewers on a journey through what is this beautiful, textural visual landscape, really moving with the image and creating this ambient, interstellar cinematic world. I’ve always been influenced by film scores and electronic music, and it was great to work on a project that allowed me the time and freedom to tell a story through music. I’m really pleased with how the project turned out, and of course always enjoy collaborating with Darryl Mascarenhas (Creative Director at Quietman).”
The sponsor reel will be on archive at the MoMA, but you can check it out here:

Delicate Steve @ MOSCOT Music

We were thrilled to have produced an evening with Delicate Steve at MOSCOT’s Orchard Street Gallery & Music Space last month for a very special performance. Having toured with Australian band Tame Impala across massive venues and fresh off a recent headlining tour, it was an honor to have Delicate Steve drop in for an intimate evening of music and good vibes.
If you’re not familiar with their sound, they’re a predominantly instrumental band who’ve been praised by everyone from Pitchfork to The New York Times. And we can continue to heap the praise on Delicate Steve after experiencing their live show for ourselves. If you weren’t able to make it, check out the below video featuring the band’s performance of “Afria Talks to You”.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the next MOSCOT Music event on June 18th, featuring a performance by Penguin Prison


Getting Music Fans #CloserWithSkype

Over the past few months we’ve been working with Skype and Live Nation to continue to get music fans closer to their favorite artists. We kicked off the New Year with a podcast series that finds our host, Jonny, interviewing some of the best emerging artists out there. Tour antics, crazy fan stories, and life on the road are all on the table as topics of discussion and these bands aren’t holding back!

We began with The Devil Makes Three, letting fans choose which song they’d like to see the band perform in a special acoustic set. Not only that, but fans were able to submit Skype Video Messages to the band, having their questions answered personally. Check out their answers below and listen to the Ones to Watch Podcast while you’re at it – they talk about their past, their present, and what’s to come.

We caught up with KONGOS at Irving Plaza before their New York show and sat down with them to discuss what life is like as a literal band of brothers. They told some great stories and even took some fan questions that were submitted via Skype. You can hear it all in the 2nd Episode of the Ones to Watch podcast. You don’t want to miss it.

We also found out just how powerful a music fan-base can be when we hosted a Twitter Party and Skype Group Chat with Kalin & Myles. The hip-pop group’s fans came to the Twitter Party armed with questions and Skype provided the forum for answers directly from the band. #CloserWithSkype even became a worldwide trending topic! The guys also connected with their fans on an exclusive three-day Skype Group Chat, making the 300 present fans ecstatic every time they got online. Getting to talk to their favorite band in an intimate, closed chat setting proved to be an experience that I doubt any of them will be forgetting anytime soon.

So, what’s next? We’ll be checking in with Kalin & Myles as they’re crossing the states on a nationwide tour and bringing you all the latest from Kodaline and Nico & Vinz. So stay tuned, check out The Ones to Watch Podcast, and #GetCloserWithSkype

Listen Recommends: SXSW 2015

The Music portion of SXSW (aka the main event) is kicking off today and like every music fan, we’re eager to see which emerging artists bubble up in the chaos. And while we’d never claim the ability to predict the future, we’d certainly put our money behind the artists we’ve included in our SXSW 2015 playlist. So whether you’re in the thick of it in Austin, or living vicariously through your Twitter feed, you should have a listen. Enjoy!

Listen Recommends: Our Favorite Albums of 2014

2014 may be the year that Ebola had a rapid rise to fame, but let’s not forget about the music, man! There were some great albums that came out of the year of McConaughey and we want to celebrate them. Below you’ll find our faves of 2014 with a Spotify playlist for easy listening. You’ve never seen a list like this before (ok, you definitely have).

Kelis – Food
Jenny Lewis – Voyager
Robyn & Royksopp – Do It Again
Phox – Phox
Courtney Barnett – The Double EP
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Oddments
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Sales – EP
Karen O – Crush Songs
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
FKA Twigs – LP1
Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
Future Islands – Singles
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Alvvays – Alvvays
EMA – The Future’s Void
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
Caribou – Our Love
Kindness – Otherness

Listen’s Year in Review

2014 was a great year for many – weed smokers, Outkast fans, and Taylor Swift among them. It was also a great year for Listen. And so, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve been able to achieve in the past 12 months. We helped the emerging artist program, Ones to Watch with Skype, become even stronger with some great bands and the launch of The Skype Six.  Some of this year’s best emerging talent had the opportunity to connect with fans like never before through Skype.

We provided Skype with original compositions for several videos that demonstrate their ever-expanding product features and user journeys. This year Skype was everywhere- from classrooms, to movie premiers, to thousands of feet underwater– and we provided the soundtrack to many of those stories. We also created product sounds for Skype’s new video message app, Qik!

We ventured down south for the mayhem of Bonnaroo. Nearly 100,000 people attended the festival this year and we were there to help Skype give each of them the chance to get closer to their favorite artists on the lineup.

We brought the Skype experience to Sasquatch! We created the Skype Music Room, a magical dome in which visitors became the DJs and got to remix themselves and others. Not only that, but we brought in some of the festival’s talent to delight fans with surprise performances.

We composed music for luxury car brand, Audi’s, #paidmydues campaign. As part of the campaign, a curated group of 15 creators, musicians, filmmakers, artists, and performers were brought together to tell their stories of struggle and accomplishment and share that with the world. Listen stepped in and created original music to help bring their stories to life.

With the satisfaction of a great year nearly behind us, we can’t wait for what’s to come. We’ve got some big projects to share in the coming months and we couldn’t be more excited. Cheers to 2015!

Listen Composes Music for Skype Translator Video

Skype has once again raised the bar of communication with Skype Translator. Watch this barrier breaking technology at work in a video with original music composed by Listen. To read more about Skype Translator, head over to the Skype blog.