Meet Tory, a 33 year old Spotify playlist curator from Seattle, Washington…
“Outside of my brand & music, my hobbies include driving around with no destination, obsessing over dogs, and sleeping :) I'll leave you with my one of my all time favorite Sting lyrics; 'Be yourself, no matter what they say' <3”
When & why did you make your playlist?
I own a clothing & lifestyle brand with my sister called Wish You Were Northwest, and we make Spotify playlists that coincide with our clothing designs. We have a hoodie that has the words "meet me in the fog" on the sleeve, so that's what this particular playlist is about! For me, music is a huge part of the creative process of coming up with designs, I spend an absurd amount of time driving around aimlessly in my car each day for the sole purpose of listening to music to get inspiration. We have certain shirts like this one that are inspired by a specific feeling or mood that we want to convey, so I started a Spotify account because it's super important to me to connect with our customers on a personal level. And aside from photography, I just feel like there really is no better way to do that than through sharing music!
Describe your playlist. Perfect situation(s) for jamming include:
I wanted this playlist to encapsulate the Pacific Northwest in the fall, when there's an almost tangible magic in the air and everything feels extra moody, mysterious, & maybe a little dangerous :) Best for playing in the car on a foggy day, but equally suited to playing at home on a rainy day.
What was the best concert you've ever attended and why? (Include as many details as you'd like: city / venue / when / with whom...)
Oh man, this is tough but I've gotta go with BTS. I saw them last September with my husband. The closest they were coming to where we live (Seattle) was Los Angeles at the Staples Center, so we bought tickets and flew down to see them. It was not an easy ticket to get and it was the most we've ever spent on an entertainment event in our lives...and it was so worth it! I got to watch them do their soundcheck too, which was awesome! They're just so much fun, such impressive live performers & visual artists, + they write and produce their own music, etc. The way they work so hard, connect with their fans so well, and stay so incredibly humble is super inspiring to me.
What kind of music / artists did you grow up listening to?
I grew up listening to Sting & The Police, Steely Dan, Collective Soul, The Beatles, and a lot of rock music thanks to my dad. My dad is a rock musician, so a lot of loud live music was normal in our home. I didn't realize that not everyone's dad had music gear and jammed out in the basement with his friends until I got older haha. Then when I was about 13, my love of performing and dancing surfaced and I got really into Britney Spears & NSYNC, obsessively learned their dances and would perform them in my living room for anyone who came over. Around that time my dad helped me start a band with a few of my friends, and I started dating my (now) husband when I was 16 who was in a band as well, called This Providence. So he got me into the punk/pop scene a bit at that phase, you know bands like The Starting Line, New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday etc. SO that's a long winded way to say that even though these different genres helped shape who I am today and will always be a part of me, my first love is classic rock. I'm still a sucker for strong bass & electric guitar :)
Who are your all-time favorite artists and why?
Sting, Taking Back Sunday, BTS. Sting, aside from being very nostalgic for me, his voice is one of my all time favorite male voices, also the fact that he's a lead singer bass player is so rad, and in some ways he's underrated IMO. You can hear his influence on so many pop songs today. Taking Back Sunday, incredible lyricists and I love the tension & intensity in everything they create. And BTS, for all the reasons listed above + just I have a lot of respect for artists that know how to entertain and put on a great live show in addition to their musicality. There are several others but I could talk about this forever so I'll keep it short and end it here! Haha.