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 Wavo.me, 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.