Shirley SarkerDesign Director
Shirley Sarker is a designer, animator, director, product designer, cafe owner, event organiser. She might spend her day writing business plans, working in excel or producing sketch wire frames—it varies with the project she’s working on. She admits to being easily distracted, googling “like a bitch” and—like a natural procrastinator—always delivering at the last minute.
What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:
Due to the variety of work that I’m involved with, I use specific music to focus on the various aspects of what I’m working on. When I’m working, I use music for two very distinct purposes. Getting shit done and zoning out so I can let my mind and eyes wander.
—Buckle down and get it done!
I must have ADD that is undiagnosed but I need complete silence when creating strategy documents and need all my brain cells to calm down so I can think. I’m right brain dominant so my left brain needs silence to imagine and focus. Fast and head bobbing beats with no lyrics help when I need energy but no lyrics help me concentrate. Finally, on full production mode or when it’s 5AM, the sun is about to rise and I need to get my shit together it’s time to blast those ballads and get down and get it done!
Wherever I go, I have my headphones in. This helps me block out city noise and distractions (shiny objects) and helps me focus my eyes on new perspectives and angles. It allows my brain to concentrate on one thing at a time. I tend to listen to the same album over and over again when I walk because it makes me focus on my vision and let my brain loose. I get inspired by small details on the pavement or notice how people wander around. Music allows my brain to focus on the present and my eye sight.
Tell us about your playlist:
2016 saw a lot of changes in the political systems around the world. I’m American so I know! Things are changing, but you know what? Lots can be done. Activists don’t sit around putting posts up on facebook, they take action. The title of this playlist is inspired by a speech Obama gave during his election, it’s simple; “Fired Up. Ready to go!”
Fire up and get shit done, make change rather than complain!
The songs on this album are a mix of punk, funk, electric and indie but they will all get you jacked and excited. Don’t listen to it if you are sipping chamomile tea in your slippers and ready for bedsies… unless of course you are reading a political book!
- Warsaw – Joy Division
- Makeba – Jain
- We The People… – A Tribe Called Quest
- Ain’t It a Sin – Charles Bradley
- BULLETS – KAYTRANADA
- Siberian Nights – The Kills
- How You Like Me Now – The Heavy
- Stake A Claim – Dan Le Sac
- The Beigeness – Kate Tempest
- Make It, Take It – Amanda Blank
- Wet Dollars – Tazer
- Something Bigger, Something Better – Amanda Blank
- Cold Cold Cold – Cage The Elephant
- Love Burns – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
- Seventeen (Soulwax Mix) – Bonus – Ladytron
- Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio
- DNA – The Kills
- Light It Up – Blood Red Shoes
- Queen Of Peace – Florence + The Machine
- Silence – Portishead
- Gas Pipe – Big Narstie
- Still Life – The Horrors
- Way Out – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- EML Ritual – The Chemical Brothers
- Kids… – A Tribe Called Quest
- Wandering Star – Portishead
- Fade – Kanye West
- Dark Star – POLIÇA
- Last Caress – Misfits
- Under The Earth – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Let’s Ride – Q-Tip
- Venus Fly – Grimes
- A-Punk (Album) – Vampire Weekend