SXSW ’15 – here we come!

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We are so excited to be returning to Austin for our 4th year to celebrate SXSW! From March 15 – 20, The Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind, discover the best new artists and take part in unique experiences.

Our 2015 line-up boasts 30+ must-see-acts including breakout talent Marian Hill, Conrad, Cam and many more. Everyday, we’ll have live performances on two stages, so come ready to rock. You can check out the full daily line-up here. We’ll also be serving up the best local Austin eats, curated by our friends at SUPPER.

To kick start each day, The Spotify House will be hosting a unique SoulCycle pop-up experience. Each morning, live DJ sets and the best fitness instructors in the world will take Spotify fans on the ride of their lives, set to a once in a lifetime musical experience. SoulCycle fans will be riding to some of the world’s best DJ’s, including Ryan Hemsworth and Hudson Mohawke throughout the week. Check out the daily schedule here to sign up for a ride.

We’ve also teamed up with Bose, Squarespace and truth to bring to life one-of-a-kind experiences for guests.

  • Bose: Spotify is excited to launch Unveiled in partnership with Bose at this year’s SXSW. Unveiled provides music fans with a once in a lifetime experience of seeing their favorite artists perform their newest or soon-to-be-released album live, for the first time. Inaugural artists include James Bay, MisterWives and other special guests. Music fans visiting The Spotify House will also experience the power of Spotify through Bose® SoundTouch™ Wi-Fi® music systems.
  • Squarespace: Each day at The Spotify House, Austin-based Squarespace visual artists explore the intersection between music and art, creating new pieces inspired by the music of the day.
  • truth Truck is making its way to Austin to inspire people to #FinishIt. truth Tour Riders will keep visitors entertained with special guest DJs scratching from the iconic orange truck and with #LeftSwipeDat themed listening booths.

For additional information about The Spotify House, RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news! And, be sure to follow us on Vine, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat for more information about our SXSW plans this year.

See you at SXSW!

Father John Misty On Love and New Music

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Father John Misty is an intense musician. Or, at least, very complicated. The project of ex-Fleet Foxes member Josh Tillman, the second LP, I Love You, Honeybear, was just released this past Tuesday. The album takes a broad, although at times unsettling close, look at love; all in Tillman’s cynical, mostly tongue-in-cheek tone.

Josh on his new album versus his debut, Fear Fun

This album was definitely harder because I had to overcome my intense fear of being sentimental. This one is a lot more intense, a lot more vulnerable.

The album cover really articulates what the new album is. It’s an encounter with intimacy and what comes from that… what qualities manifest. Here it was a lot of jealousy and neediness. I kind of turned this woman into a sacred object instead of letting her be a human.

On “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.”…

You have these two pretentious, misguided people. One of which is me. Obviously. It’s really important to me that this song isn’t a figurative kind of thing. No, this is about a thing that happened. What am I doing there? What did I want? Really I just wanted my narcissism and vanity fed. I wanted to be around people who didn’t demand any intimacy out of me.

On “Bored In The USA”…

If nothing else it’s a way for polite, white liberal people to point at a straw man version of the grotesque American. If you can’t see yourself in any part of that song then it’s not a good song.

On love and his wife, Emma…

Intimacy and love is not a passive, consumer experience. You have to make it for yourself.

 

 

 

 

NERVO Drop Exclusive Single on Spotify

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It feels like NERVO is on top of the world. Or maybe that’s just the effect of their huge, new House anthem (aptly called “It Feels”). The Australian duo, made up of sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, just released the track for an exclusive two week pre-stream on Spotify.

We asked the endlessly busy group to sit down and respond to our pressing questions about their life, such as, “What’s it like DJing next to your sister every night for the past decade?” They were kind enough to give us some answers…

Liv: Mostly it’s nothing but positivity and having good time. Though sometimes, it can get a bit sticky. We have slight arguments about what to play next, but we pretty much love it… We usually plan the beginning and the end of every set, then in the middle we just play whatever the crowd is vibing to the most!

What differences do the two of you have, in terms of musical taste?

Liv: We both generally like and can see the beauty in most music, from a range of genres. Though Mim might bring me something from the deep house world, that I love and have never heard, or vice versa. Mim tends to lean towards the deep house world, while I like more of the tech house grooves.

Check out NERVO’s brand new single, exclusively here on Spotify: 

 

Save all your best music moments!

Spotify <3 Shazam

Want to record your best moments of 2015? Now when you Shazam the tunes you love, we’ll automatically put them in a playlist for you (Spotify Premium subscribers only).

Get set up with these steps:

  • Get the latest Shazam app
  • Go to My Shazam and open Settings (top right)
  • Select “Connect to Spotify” and follow the instructions

We’ll create a “My Shazam Tracks” playlist in your Spotify account, and all your current and future Shazams will appear there automatically.

Music to power your 2015 fitness resolutions

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Determined to keep those New Year resolutions? We’ve got you covered!

We teamed up with fitness pro and creator of INSANITY, Shaun T, alongside global expert on music for exercise, Dr. Costas Karageorghis, to predict the hottest fitness trends for 2015 – and the perfect soundtrack to get the most out of each and every workout.

According to Shaun T, 2015 is all about efficient workout programmes that incorporate HIIT training. “Ain’t nobody got time for hours in the gym, nor do they need to. Short, intense workouts such as INSANITY and Tabata style training will dominate.”

Check out his top 5 fitness trends for the year along with the perfect playlist to boost your workout:

INSANITY
INSANITY is an intense, boot camp-type workout designed to push its devotees to their mental and physical limits.

Tabata
Tabata is a high-intensity, interval-based workout with 20-second periods of all-out effort punctuated by 10-second recovery periods.

Cardio Dance
The imperative for a Cardio Dance playlist is that it sticks to a strong and steady rhythmic flow.

Gymnastics Strength Training
Gymnastics strength training draws upon gymnasts’ common training methods into a workout that’s accessible to everyone.

CrossFit
CrossFit is a workout ‘melting pot’ that blends elements of powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and athletics.

If you’re already flagging, you’ve now got the motivation to stick to your New Year fitness regime – listen to the complete Ultimate Workout Playlist for 2015 on Spotify here

 

 

 

 

2014 – A Year in Music

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It’s time to reflect on another amazing year in music with our Year in Music — our annual round up of what our 50 million users have listened to this year.

Join us at spotify.com/2014 as we look back at the key musical milestones of the year and reveal the most streamed artists, tracks, albums, bands, as well as a host of interesting musical facts from 2014.

Not only will you be able to find out more about the biggest global and national music trends of 2014, but you can also create your very own personal Year in Music. We invite you to answer that age old question; “What Kind of Music Are you Into” by exploring your top genres, your favourite artist by season, most musical day of the week, and more.

What soundtracked your year? Discover the 2014 Year in Music here!

 

 

 

Velkommen, Rammstein!

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I dag ønsker vi Berlins store sønner, Rammstein, velkommen til Spotify med sine seks fantastiske studioalbum. For å komme i stemning, her er 14 fakta om bandet du kanskje ikke har hørt før..!

  1. Rammstein oppstod i Øst-Tysklands punkmiljø.
  2. De er oppkalt etter det tyske ordet for rambukk – og en by uheldigvis kjent for en flyshow ulykke i 1988 der 70 personer ble drept.
  3. Bandet har proklamert: ”Alt vi ønsker er å underholde. Med flammekastere”.
  4. Under live-fremførelser av ”Bück Dich” pleide vokalist Till Lindemann å dra av seg buksene for å så avsløre en stor dildo mellom bena, som igjen sprutet en hvit væske over publikum på første rad.
  5. Rammsteins debut singel, ”Du Riechst So Gut” (”Du lukter så godt”) dukket først opp i en parfymert CD-utgave.
  6. Billettene  til Rammsteins legendariske opptreden i Madison Square Garden i New York ble utsolgt på under 30 minutter.
  7. Lindemanns  andre mest kjente rekvisitt på scenen er hans 63 kilo tunge metallfrakk som blir smurt inn med brennbart stoff for å så bli satt fyr på.
  8. Den verdenskjente filmregissøren David Lynch brukte to Rammstein-sanger i sin film ”Lost Highway”.
  9. De er det eneste tyskspråklige bandet til å virkelig knekke det amerikanske markedet.
  10. Sangen ”Mein Teil” (”Min del”) er inspirert av saken om en tysk kannibal som trykket en annonse som søkte etter en frivillig til å bli drept og spist.
  11. Rammstein ble Grammy-nominert for beste metal-opptreden i både 1999 og 2006.
  12. Den tidligere sjefen for plateselskapet deres beskrev dem som ”teater for millenniumsgenerasjonen: metall-techno poserende med bisarre sadomasokistiske elementer…”
  13. Passende nok er bandets eget motto ”Gjør din egen greie, og overdriv det!”
  14. Keyboardisten ”Flake” uttalte en gang at ”vi ønsker at publikum virkelig skal ta til seg musikken vår, så hva venter dere på?”

Spotify Landmark: Led Zeppelin’s IV

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To round out the month of Rocktober, Spotify Landmark – our series documenting music’s greatest moments in the words of those who made them – sets its sights on one of rock’s defining albums, Led Zeppelin’s “IV.” We bring you the “aural history” of the album in newly recorded interviews with the legendary band’s surviving members: guitarist and producer Jimmy Page; bassist, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones; and singer/lyricist Robert Plant.

Led Zeppelin recounts the story behind “IV,” and sheds light on their on-going re-issue campaign, which features each of their original studio releases re-mastered and packed full with never-before-heard companion audio.

It’s all here, only on Spotify Landmark.

 

 

Live from ADE 2014 #SoundOfADE

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Sharing music. Sharing thoughts on music. Sharing love for music…and celebrating it all in one place at one time. That’s what ADE is all about.

Ever since it’s beginnings in the mid-90s, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has been about a love of music. It started out with a small, pioneering group of music-industry people, DJs and connoisseurs from all over the world sharing their passion for electronic dance music and it’s many subgenres. Now it’s worldwide.

In 2014, ADE hosts almost 100 stages, welcomes 300,000 visitors, 2000 DJ artists and producers, and 5000 music industry professionals. By day it’s all talking, but by night it’s all partying in the small but famously cosmopolitan place called Amsterdam. And let’s not forget: the announcement on who will be the new number 1 DJ in the world, will be held here as well.

Sadly, not all of us can jump on a bike, bus, train or plane to get there. Spotify wants to help to share a part of the ADE-experience with everyone. So – for the duration of the event – we will be bringing you a special category named LIVE FROM ADE 2014. LIVE FROM will offer a full selection of the very best in today’s electronic dance music. Discover the new or relish the legends, find your heroes or your new favourite DJ and get a taste of the endlessly shifting musical styles, straight from the event.

Artists like Afrojack, Oliver Koletzki, Nicky Romero, Detroit Swindle, Eelke Kleijn, Armin van Buuren, Claptone, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Oliver Weiter, Hardwell, Nause, Paul Oakenfold, Cazzette and many more will be picking their top 20 tracks for ADE, while record labels such as Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Big Beat, Ninja Tune and Dirty Bird will serve up their top new choices alongside Spotify’s best genre playlists.

Enjoy these five days of sharing and celebrating this unbridled passion for music.

If you don’t know where to start, just go to our special Spotify ADE Lounge playlist, it’s the perfect introduction to the musical experience!