Meet Jonathan Shariat, a 32-year-old, from Palo Alto, CA.
“I needed some music to listen to at work but kept getting distracted at playlists when one of the songs had words. So I decided to make one myself. It ended up being really fun and rewarding. Finding songs from artists I didn't know, exploring connected artists, sometimes even typing in random words into Spotify's search and seeing what came up.”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
The first song of the playlist: I wanna go - by Summer Heart. I'm just cruising through, enjoying all the ups and downs of life.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
As someone who's curated a wordless playlist over the years, I've come to appreciate the music much more. Lyrics are best when they are also another instrument in the song.
Its tough but I'd go with "Anamanaguchi" because their music is very unique and always has strong melodies. Others in their genre never come close to their own unique style.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
Yosi Horikawa. He's got a song on the playlist titled 'Bubbles' which is comprised of balls dropping onto drums. It's such an experience, I'd love to see how they think and what inspired that song.
I rarely go to concerts. Every time I go I keep thinking "this was a mistake", I'd much rather enjoy music alone, giving it 100% of my attention.