Set Your Labor Day Weekend On Cruise Control
In the U.S., Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and we want to help you squeeze every last bit of fun out of the season. So whether you’re hosting a barbecue or going on a road trip, set your tunes to cruise control with a special curated playlist from Clark Dinnison of Noon Pacific.
I wanted a simple way to share music with my family and friends online, while creating that same intimate feeling of getting an old mixtape CD from your best friend. The major music platforms were great for digging through millions of songs, but none of them felt personal — so I aimed to create that through hand curation and a dead simple interface for discovering the best new music.
The sounds you curate as well as the imagery that you use for each playlist definitely give off a beachy vibe. What’s your inspiration?
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent most of my childhood outdoors surrounded by lakes and mountains in Washington and Idaho. Then after college in Seattle, I moved down to Hermosa Beach so I’ve always been near water and it’s just been something that evoked inspiration in pretty much everything I do. If I’m ever stuck on solving something or trying to come up with a new idea, I just go to the beach — it’s my medicine.
Since each playlist is only 10 songs, how do you decide which songs and artists to feature?
I spend a lot of time during the week just listening to music, both old and new, and usually don’t have a structure for the next week’s mixtape until Friday or Saturday. I usually have a list of 20-30 songs that I’m excited about, then I just sit down on Sundays and start whittling it down into a 10 song mixtape that I think flows and fits together.
This playlist is inspired by Labor Day weekend. What was your process in finding songs for this?
Labor Day weekend is always bittersweet, as it marks the end of summer, but also freedom from the crowds and craziness that summer brings (at least in California). I aimed to find songs that you could put on a barbecue with friends, cruising the coast in a convertible/Uber, or just hanging on the beach. While the weekly Noon Pacific mixtape is almost always new songs, I had fun digging into the archives for some of these classics and hope people enjoy them!
How do you stay connected with your fans?
We have awesome fans all over the world so Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are really important to us. We also just launched The Noon Pacific Club, which is a chat platform for fans of Noon Pacific where people can submit mixtape artwork, give song suggestions, talk with artists directly, and more importantly give feedback on how we can improve.
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