#6 The Spa Music of Tomorrow With David Shoults

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My guest today is David Shoults; he was a wonderfully kind and gracious interlocuter, and is well-positioned to have his finger on the pulse of the frontiers of relaxation music, and how it is being consumed. One of the main focal points of his work these days is heading Little Symphony Records, an all-digital record label that leverages the massive platform Spotify, in large part, to bring the best in nature sounds and relaxation music to audiences worldwide. Their artists’ roster is also steadily growing and has representation from an expanding geographic diversity, which to me seems like it could only be helpful in producing relaxation music that really hits on the core of what homo sapiens finds compelling to elicit restfulness. As mentioned, David was lovely to chat with, and I loved hearing about what informs and guides his actions in the world and in his business, which as you’ll hear, owes a lot to the idea of essentialism. It was also very interesting to hear about the overall arc of his musical and creative life so far, what got him going, what keeps him going, and the moments where he’s had to gather his courage to journey onward into the relatively uncharted territory where he’s doing his great work today. So thank you David, for a delightful chat, and I hope everybody listening gets something of value from this episode. Here’s a brief summary of the topics we cover:

-Playing instruments other than the drums

-Growing up in a musical family

-Incentivizing kids and adults to practice and create habits around music

-Playing drums in a church/worship band setting

-Bowing cymbals and gongs

-His unique approach to drumming in his band Evergreen; getting maximum vocabulary from the drum set

-Collaboration and communication methods in his band to hone in on their sound

-The idea of essentialism in music and where it intersects with life and lifestyles themselves; how that can elicit joy

-The bands that influenced him in his high school years

-Ways to think of rhythm and tempo

-Understanding marketing music in today’s industry

-Intersections of instrumental music and nature sounds

-Long-form compositions

-The future of spa music

-And other topics

Show Notes:

Little Symphony Records Instagram

Little Symphony on Spotify

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

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