How I Listen: StubHub’s Chris Zachos
In our ongoing series, How I Listen, wee ask industry leaders and artists to share how they discover and consume music. This edition features Chris Zachos, Senior Product Manager at StubHub.
1) What device(s) do you use to listen to music?
iTunes (on iMac and iPhone) and Algoriddim's djay 2 (on iMac, MacBook, and iPhone)
2) What streaming music service(s) do you use most often?
Shuffler.fm and Last.fm radio
3) Besides recommendations from friends, how do you discover new music?
First: I go to the iTunes Music Store every Tuesday morning and review all the the New Music This Week as featured on the store's front page. As I am an electronic music junkie, I also review all the New Singles and New Albums as featured in the Electronic and Dance sections.
Second: Throughout the rest of the week (especially while I am on the StairMaster at the gym), I listen to all my favorite genre channels on Shuffler.fm (especially Electronic, House, Electro, Dance, Sythpop, Electropop, and Mashup). Shuffler.fm's blog aggregation is remarkable, and this is where I find out about new songs and artists well in advance of most people.
Last: Sometimes I've actually consumed so much music on Shuffler.fm that I hit a wall and need another outlet. This is when I turn to Last.fm radio. I mostly listen to My Recommended Radio as I feed off of discovering new music, but sometimes I listen to Friends' Radio or Neighbourhood Radio as it puts a different lens on the music. Every once in a while I listen to My Library Radio to rediscover songs that I have forgotten about.
4) What new music are you listening to most this week?
"My Mind (Penguin Prison Remix)" by Hockey, "Ghostcity" by Thomas Azier, "My Girl" by The Other Tribe, and "Diamond Thrones" by The White Panda
5) Shameless Plug: What are you promoting/launching/planning that you want to share.
Our team at StubHub recently launched a Concert/Events app on Spotify. This fall, we are also launching an iOS app to help people discover local music venues and events in the San Francisco Bay area.