I find these artists really effective for boosting creativity: Massive Attack, Portishead, Nujabes, Pink Floyd and Radiohead.
Just so you know I am not a pot head
Personally, it depends on the mood/project, but even so, I tend not to listen before, or while working on the concept, so that it doesn’t subconsciously influence me towards the wrong direction. Unless, of course, it is something directly related to the idea at hand. Later in the project, if I do turn something on, it mostly serves to pass the time during execution. Anything goes.
At the moment Daft Punk score for Tron: Legacy is so inspiring for me, but for most times I listen to Dir En Grey.
I was seriously hooked on that Daft Punk score a while back, still love it, especially ‘End of Line’ on the reconfigured album. Here on Spotify.
At the moment, there’s a lot of Jaguar Skills going on!
Some random picks from my iTunes library: Delusion Twin, Deadsy, Doors, Eminem, Fdel, Jaromir Nohavica, Kavinsky, Lady GaGa, Metallica, Pendulum, Rammstein, Serj Tankian, Sun Kil Moon, System of a Down and some movie/game soundtracks, pretty standard portfolio I would say. It’s kinda hard to discover new music I like so I don’t bother anymore.
- Liquid Dubstep
- Drum and bass
- “The hits”
- Tyler The Creator
- Noise Controllers
- Caspa & Rusko
Anything with a good beat to work methodically with