It’s about 15 minutes before my next meeting when I hastily reach over to unplug my laptop to take it into the nearest conference room. Before I can hit mute fast enough, AC/DC pierces the silence of our working bullpen. My fingers fumble over the keyboard to silence this public disruption. After a few seconds (though it seems like an eternity) I’m finally able to kill the music, and after a brief pause, a few heads turn and a some knowing laughs ensue. (We need to come up with a term for this public display of music shame.) Of course it never happens when you’re listening to Chill as Folk. It happens when you’re rocking the loudest, baddest power song on your playlist.
KPS3 adopted an open-office-bullpen-style working environment almost two years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Our Creative Director and VP of Accounts work smack dab in the middle of the room with no walls; creatives working alongside developers, working alongside account people. Instead of putting up walls, we put on headphones. Our minds escape any distracting chatter as we flood our ears and fuel our minds with inspiration through music.
Individually, there are many reasons why we may choose to listen to music throughout the workday. Just as some doctors listen to music during surgery, we might need to withdraw from the noise of the bullpen and bury ourselves deep in a creative world of our own making. Music enables us to both harness and release our energy, mimicking its calming rhythms or conversely, enthusiastically pounding out copy or code to the cadence of the beat. We find that sometimes the best way to get into a good groove at work is to do literally that.
When it comes to the best type of music to listen to, most research would steer us away from ‘Back in Black’ and more toward instrumental music, songs without lyrics or playlists that we’re very familiar with to ensure our minds don’t wander off with the lead singer. That said, there will always be times when you need to fire up with a quick power song to get motivated. Like any good pre-game ritual, listening to a power song before diving into a bigger project sets the pace, the mood and builds confidence. Most of all, it’s fun.
As fellow melomaniac Plato once said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Or as Rihanna repeatedly asks of us, “Please don’t stop the music.”
Here are a few of our favorite power songs that we rock at KPS3:
Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton
Jessie’s Girl, Rick Springfield
Could Have Been Me,The Struts
Anything by Queen
Somebody Told Me, The Killers
Take A Walk, Passion Pit
Deja Vu, Katy Perry
Can You Stand the Rain, New Edition
Chunky, Bruno Mars
Valerie, Amy Winehouse
Meet Me In The Middle, Jessie Ware
Applause, Lady Gaga
With David Bowie, Veruca Salt
Put the Gun Down, ZZ Ward
22, Taylor Swift
Soul Meets Body, Death Cab for Cutie
Beast of Burden, Rolling Stones
Back in Black, AC/DC
Despacito, Luis Fonzi
Work From Home, Fifth Harmony
(Repeat all day long until the phone rings)
Black Skinhead, Kanye West
Animals (Extended), Martin Garrix
Happy (From “Despicable Me 2”), Pharrell Williams
Shake it off, Taylor Swift
Come with Me Now, Kongos
Fireflies, Owl City
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