Mat Bend

Creative Director
Modern Designers

“I think I’m still a designer?” says Mat. Mat set up Modern Designers as freelancer in 2004 but there are many more staff these days. Now he mainly talks a lot.

What role does music play in your everyday life as a designer?

I had to throw a copy of David Gray’s ‘White Ladder’ behind a cupboard in an agency I used to work at. So yes, it does have an influence. Especially in the office.

Tell us about your playlist:

I’m quite old now so I’ve had a lot of phases. A pop phase. A Bowie phase. A psychobilly phase. A hip-hop Phase. A flute phase. A house phase. A deep house phase. An ambient phase. A fancying Sarah Cracknel phase. A folk phase and another Bowie phase.  I tried to put a bit of everything on this. All office friendly obviously.
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Office Friendly

  1. When I Get Home – Pentangle
  2. Fire And Rain – Bobby Womack
  3. And She Was – Remastered – Talking Heads
  4. Lady Grinning Soul – 2013 Remastered Version – David Bowie
  5. The Truth – Handsome Boy Modeling School
  6. Ain’t Nobody – Hallucinogenic Version – Chaka Khan, Frankie Knuckles
  7. Up With People – Zero7 Remix – Lambchop, Zero 7
  8. Heliosphan – Aphex Twin
  9. Chromakey Dreamcoat – Boards of Canada
  10. Spit On A Stranger – Pavement
  11. Here Comes the Sun – Remastered – Nina Simone
  12. Good Taste – Live – The Cramps
  13. Superstar – Sonic Youth
  14. Hymn Of The Big Wheel – Massive Attack
  15. Nights Interlude – Nightmares On Wax