Animators always tend to have a love/hate relationship with music. Working in one of the most painstakingly time-consuming areas of the creative industry, they are often stuck listening to the same track repeatedly, getting that movement or introduction of a new character just right. Thankfully for Caitlin McCarthy, she still loves it and is taking over our stereo as this week’s Friday Mixtape.
With a vast music taste which saw Caitlin go from listening to My Chemical Romance as a teen through to K-Pop, below she shares her listening tips for whilst working and a mix to get you fully in the swing of working or heading out to the pub tonight!
It’s Nice That: Why have you picked these songs?
Caitlin McCarthy: When I need to go into maximum overdrive, near a deadline or whatever, I like to listen to super fun, upbeat stuff that I can sing along to really loudly and seat dance to. I am very bad at focusing on one thing at a time, so doing home karaoke while working gives me the right balance of energy and distraction to get stuff done. This mix is basically a condensed list of the songs I listen to in that situation. Genre-wise it’s pretty erratic, but they all fall under the big banner of female-fronted pop and they will all put you in a good mood!
INT: When or where should this mixtape be listened to?
CM: When you need an energy boost to get you through an all-nighter, or when you’re walking down the street feeling especially satisfied.
INT: Are there certain albums you listen to during the different parts of your creative process?
CM: Most of the time, I like conspiracy theory vids and true crime documentaries etc as background noise rather than music while working, but when the mood takes me, I will often listen to the same song over and over and over until it makes me sick, so I end up associating certain songs with certain projects. I also have a very trusty playlist of 60s girl group songs that has been a fixture for years and years.
What records did you listen to when you were a teenager?
CM: I am a girl of many phases! I was a hardcore My Chemical Romance fan in the early stages of puberty (fanfics and all), then in my mid-teens, I listened to sad, guitar boy music — Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, The Smiths, any whining white man. In my late teens I somehow made the massive jump from sad boy music to Japanese and Korean pop. That for sure was my most intense phase to date. I have to say, I am glad, however embarrassing and ethically questionable my extreme Korea/Japan phase was, that it flipped my music taste in general from melancholic angst to energetic, poppy fun.
INT: If a feature film about your life was to be made, what song would be on the trailer?
CM: I think if they were to make anything about my life, it would be a low-rent sitcom. I think the theme song would be Marching March by Halcali because it sounds a bit like the goofy music they play on reality shows when they want you to know the person entering is an idiot.
About the Author
Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.