Kirill Zakharov

Product Designer

Kirill Zakharov is a Montreal-based designer specializing in digital product design and development. He’s currently building Unsplash — beautiful, free photos from the most generous community of photographers.

What role does music play in your day-to-day life as a creative?

I don’t remember the last time that I spent a day without music. It plays a quintessential role in my everyday life: from getting into my groove in the morning to zoning out at night and getting my creative juices flowing.

While I can concentrate and work in pure silence (something that our society strangly enforces while growing up), some of my most productive and creative sessions happened while listening to music.

I have a long list of favourite songs/tracks from different periods of my life, though I’ve always steered towards electronic music: from techno to deep house and everything in between. There’s something special about a long set that can take you on a journey and keep you enchanted for hours.

Tell us about your playlist:

I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favourite deep, groovy, progressive tracks that will hopefully take you on a journey. Just like the set itself, each track starts slow and progressively builds up its complexity. Hope you enjoy.

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  1. Endless Games – Patrice Bäumel Mix – Blond:ish
  2. Carousel (Phil Kieran Mix) – Le Carousel, Phil Kieran
  3. Mahia – Nicolas Petracca
  4. Mustafa – Luna Semara
  5. Un-Theme – Extended Mix – Gai Barone
  6. Equivalence – Mees Salomé
  7. Lila – Stephan Bodzin
  8. Sungam – Stephan Bodzin
  9. No Infinity – Jose Maria Ramon, William Medagli, Thallulah
  10. Moorthon II – Frank Wiedemann
  11. Sakato (Turkey) – Lunar Plane
  12. Warg – Recondite
  13. Neosensual – Solee, Alyne
  14. Spark – Ray Kajioka
  15. Voix Grave – Johannes Brecht Version – Johannes Brecht, Christian Prommer
  16. Trying Not To – Gabriel Ananda Remix – Pete Oak, Gabriel Ananda
  17. Soul Shivers – Skena
  18. Für die Liebe – Matthew Dekay, Lee Burridge