Whether you need a mental kick start or a chance to take a break, music is an important part in helping generate and shape ideas.  Here are 10 tracks we have found that helps to get those creative juices flowing…


Amadou & Mariam – Sabali

The first entry in our list has split opinion in the office, with reactions ranging from being underwhelmed to flat-out annoyed!  Personally, I love it, and I hope you do too.

Anthony Naples – Refugio

Sometimes you need a bit of grit to help approach your work from a different perspective; this track gives us that with a healthy dose of groove.  My go-to in those ‘vanilla moments’.

David Bowie – Rebel Rebel

There are certain classic tracks that we can’t help but react to, and what is certainly one of David Bowie’s greatest pieces definitely fits that bill.  RIP to a legend.

Gaussian Curve – Ride

We don’t always listen to music when we colour correct.  When we do, we listen to Gaussian Curve.

Nuyorican Soul – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4hero Remix)

A wildcard that needs to be given time to grow, when it does, it usually gets heads nodding.  A great way to loosen up your tense, right hemisphere.

Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

From the moment this kicks in, strange things start to happen in my body.  All good things though, and of course highly creative…

Dischro Creative – Video Driver

We had to, we really had to!  This gets our creative juices flowing and most importantly, it gets our insides all fuzzy with pride.

Lucie Silvas – Nothing Else Matters (Metallica cover)

Another one for those colour correction days, Jobe shouted this track after no small amount of deliberation!  While the original is mind-blowing, this cover is fully deserving of wider recognition.

Orbital – Lush

This one comes from our resident four-four-meister Kayle.  “When in doubt, Orbital.”

Slaves – The Hunter

Sometimes you just need to take a second.  Not a quiet second, but a moment to think.  Then head bang.  Enter Slaves – if this doesn’t get your juices flowing, become an accountant.


We hope our selections work for you and we’d love to hear any other suggestions you may have.  Let’s keep those juices flowing!



Considering a career with a film crew? Troubles like these may make you reconsider!


Filming out and about on location poses even the most experienced crew certain issues.  In fact, it is impossible to ever rely on the working environment being just the way you want it to be….  Here’s our top five camera crew problems from our trips out and around Wales!

  • Live broadcasts are always stressful. All news crews know how tough vox pops can be to organise and film.  Everyone, it seems, has a very forthright opinion until the camera light comes on.  Some people just don’t get what you are doing however, no matter how many times you explain it to them in simple terms.  One lady reluctantly agreed to a live soundbite on a prime-time news programme managed to compose herself and give a great performance only to finish the interview by asking when she would be on TV….in front of an audience of millions.
  • All of nature is against you, not just the animal kingdom. When setting up a night-time time-lapse camera, you can expect the bad weather but even on a perfectly clear night, lit by a majestic moonlight, a mischievous leaf from a nearby tree will still manage to find a way to lodge itself over the camera lens and ruin a whole evening’s work.
  • At least calmness transcends the medical profession. The BBC drama Casualty shows the emotions of personnel in A&E but in real life the doctors are nurses we encounter are always serene and efficient……unless you walk in through the door covered in the realistic fake blood from the packs you have been using in a scene when even the calmest member of staff might drop her guard and scream, at the top of her voice, “OH MY GOD”!
  • Trust no-one. The incompetence of the public and their inability to comprehend the filming process is, whilst sometimes frustrating, entirely understandable.  However when you ask your own experienced crew member to accomplish a simple task such as asking delegates to be interviewed in front of a green screen, the last thing you would expect is for the first subject to be wearing a green dress so they can be made to simply appear on screen as a bizarre floating head.
  • I repeat, trust no-one. When taking a break from filming, it is important to remain vigilant….otherwise you may well find yourself questioning your sanity in the editing suite when unrecognisable scenes appear on screen as a result of colleagues “fun”.

Be warned!


Considering a career with a film crew? Troubles like these may make you reconsider!