UPDATE: Check out the design in Times Square! : Introducing Sony Soundtrack winner, Jay Fleck!
UPDATE: An animation of Jay's design is now live in Times Square! Post photos below if you happen to be in NYC!
Congrats to Jay Fleck! His design Soundtrack to a Peaceful Night was chosen as the Sony Soundtrack winner! Along with $5,000 cash, Sony X Headphones, and concert tickets, he also won the opportunity to have his design displayed right smack in the center of Times Square for a week starting Dec. 3. Way to go Jay!
We picked Jay’s brain about his design inspiration and musical style.
How does your design represent your musical style?
I think a good song can transport you somewhere. Maybe somewhere fun and happy- a rhythm that makes you want to dance or a catchy melody that you can't resist singing along to. Or maybe somewhere calm and introspective, which is what I envisioned with my design. A hot air balloon floating above mountains in a moonlit sky. It makes me think of the last song you might listen to before turning in after a night out with friends, or maybe something playing while sitting around a campfire.
What are some of your favorite songs? Any special memories associated with them?
I have favorite songs of the week or month but I'm always moving on to something new or different. So while it's really tough to pick overall favorites, off the top of my head I might say "Do You Realize" by the Flaming Lips, "Lost Cause" by Beck, “Nightswimming” by REM. Many of my favorite songs are marked with a certain sincerity and emotion. I find something in the lyrics or melody that I can relate to and apply to my life or how I'm feeling at the moment. And that's true of these three songs (and many, many others that I love).
What role does music play in your life?
Music is huge in my life, especially when it comes to design. If I'm working on something for Threadless, or just experimenting or looking around for inspiration, 90% of the time I have music playing. Music is what makes me productive.
What song are you going to listen to first on your new headphones?
I've been listening to Tame Impala recently. I think "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" off the new album would be perfect.
Nice chattin’ with ya Jay! Everybody else, pick up his tee now.