What music do you listen to while working?

It is kind of funny but I have never considered what other people listen to while working, even being surrounded by coworkers with headphones on. Sometimes you’re lucky to catch a glimpse into their music tastes like when they forget to pause before undocking or have the volume at ear-bleeding levels thanks to being in an open office.

I listen to a lot of different music when I am not working but as soon as I sit down at my desk, it is only electronic music. It started when I was 13 or 14 years old and thought all “real” programmers listened to electronic music. Seriously. My journey started on Digitaly Imported FM, which I am happy/surprised is still up, listening to Happy Hardcore. I am only just realising that I was 10 years late on that genre, holy. At some point, my tastes changed to Progressive Trance. From Progressive, I moved to PsyTrance. I don’t know if this is because it sat next to Progerssive on DI.FM or if I was curious. Maybe because there is a Progressive PsyTrance sub-sub genre. I still visit PsyTrance once in awhile but it doesn’t quite get me the same way it did years ago.

This brings us to more modern times (12 years ago~~), when I found Dubstep. Less than a year before we all heard dubstep on mainstream radio, I found a small chatroom and radio station that was playing dubstep. That was probably the coolest experience I’ve had with music. Everyone chatting about the beats, artists to listen to, all while listening to live dubstep mixes. I was planning to program that night but I ended up in that chatroom until I could no longer stay awake.

So what do I listen to today? For the past ~2years I have been listening mostly to Eurobeat. A lot of people know this as Initial D music, which is probably not wrong. I learned about it from watching Initial D as a teenager adult every few years for the last 18 years. The obsession began with listening to Eurobeat when I was driving late at night and I found it would help keep me awake. When I started listening to it while working, I found a bunch of mixes on Youtube and would play those over and over. Once I got Spotify, exploring Eurobeat has been a bit of a hobby.

Want to get into Eurobeat? Here are some of my favourite things: