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The Stats:
Name: Ashley Plinzke, MOOD:, Charlotte, NC
Programs: Brooks Brothers, Crate & Barrel, Sunglass Hut, Ulta

Q: How do you find music for your programs?
With so many resources literally at my fingertips, it’s impossible to NOT find music. I have always had an interest in discovery and that natural curiosity makes it pretty easy for me to find what I need. There are obvious outlets like iTunes, Spotify, Songza, and Billboard and websites like Stereogum, Pitchfork and Pigeons & Planes, but I have a long list of blogs that I’ve followed for the last 15 years when music was just a hobby and they’ve served me well on my quest. Some include The Burning Ear, Birp.FM, The 405 Music & Culture zine and, which has different charts where listeners can vote a song to the top. That allows me to see what’s making the rounds and what sound appeals to the masses. Additionally, I program a lot of EDM, either for clients or for our catalog programming, so Beatport and Enhanced Music are tremendous helps to me! Of course, lastly, the Shoplifter submissions are always on-trend and have been a fabulous resource for my programming.



The Stats:
Name: Alec DeRuggiero, Gray V, NY, NY
Programs: Tiffany, Michael Kors, EDITION Hotels

Q: How do you find music for your programs?
I still listen to the radio a bunch; KCRW, BBC Radio 1 & WFMU. One of my favorite shows on WFMU is called The Duane Train by my good friend and Other Music alum, Duane Harriott. I always make sure to check out Other Music’s update, they have great taste. It’s such an eclectic selection with just the right amount of weird. Soundcloud is great too, lots of good DJ mixes. Of course, I still check out iTunes once a week. Finally, you can always count on certain labels to put out good music. Some of my favorites: Stones Throw, Jagjaguwar, Now&Again, Modular, Numero Group, Beggars, BBE, SoulJazz, and Innovative Leisure to name a few.