Spotify’s first artist-specific apps went live last June, with Quincy Jones, Tiësto, Rancid and Disturbed jumping onboard in the first instance. Spotify apps are designed to help musicians categorise and curate specific tracks and playlists from Spotify’s catalog, offering users behind-the-scenes updates, photos and artwork, as well as charts and artist picks to help introduce them to new music.
A slew of artists have launched a Spotify app since, but the latest one, courtesy of Aussie songsmith Nick Cave, is worth checking out.
Nick Cave takes to Spotify
Timed to coincide with the launch of his latest album, Push the Sky Away (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ fifteenth studio album), Nick sifted through his musical history and categorized each song individually for this app. So, rather than browsing by the usual filters, Cave’s Spotify app allows fans to explore 4 decades of music by themes such as Sex, Comic, Heart Break, Blasphemy, Confessional, Murder and Mayhem, Classic, Love, Spiritual and Super Dark.
The app covers Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, The Birthday Party catalogues and other musical endeavors of his, including his soundtracks. Spin the wheel and you’ll end up with an emotion-based playlist, constructed by the great man himself.
It also features a selection of playlists hand-picked by artists and other famous fans, including Lou Reed, Flea, Shane McGowan, Jarvis Cocker, Cate Blanchett and others. More will be added through the year too.
Nick Cave worked with Manchester-based Web design agency Retrofuzz, and the team at Kobalt Label Services, to develop the app. Indeed, it’s interesting to see Spotify develop as a platform, and how artists and agencies are getting creative with what was once simply an “iTunes for streaming” music service.
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