No two developers are the same, especially when it comes to music tastes. From heavy metal to soothing jazz, a sprinkle of white noise and a dash of pop — the tracks helping Digital’s developers relax, focus and stay motivated while coding are quite diverse. So let’s dive in and see who enjoys the dulcet tones of Lord of the Rings or the melodic sounds of Miles Davis while immersed in the world of coding.
Emily, Scala Developer
What’s your coding music of choice Emily?
So I’m a metalhead. But I actually find heavy metal artists like Opeth too distracting so I usually listen to ambient for planning and thrash for coding.
Any specific ambient artist?
Umm, I like the Icelandic band Solstafir.
Megadeath. They’re similar to Metallica but less mainstream, they have a good beat to keep you motivated.
That’s an eclectic mix. Is there anything you’d never listen to?
I’m quite open-minded but I wouldn’t listen to bubblegum pop, chart music or anything autotuned.
Like Justin Bieber?
Yes, his music goes straight in the bin.
What’s your go-to coding music Darlan?
It depends on the mood. Like today I’m fixing a few things so I’m listening to calm, vintage jazz and the music from the TV show Suits.
Any specific jazz artists?
Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Herbie Hancock.
Must be very soothing.
Yeah, I also listen to white noise and low frequency sounds like plane turbines — it puts your mind into a different state.
White noise, that’s a new one!
I also listen to video game music from Super Snes and Top Gear. The music is designed to speed up your mind while keeping you focused — perfect for coding.
Eddy, Senior Coding Engineer
What sounds do you listen to while coding?
No lyrics, otherwise I can’t concentrate. I listen to the music from Vikings (the TV show) and the Lord of the Rings and Mr. Robot soundtracks.
Favourite Lord of the Rings track?
The Riders of Rohan from The Two Towers.
What’s the music from Mr. Robot like?
It’s quite trippy.
How do you find coding music?
Edson, Backend Developer
What music genre puts you in the coding mood Edson?
I listen to various music genres, and if something requires a lot of attention I don’t listen to anything with lyrics — just classical.
Favourite classical artists?
Yann Tiersen, Max Richter and Philip Glass.
Any other genres?
If I need to really focus, I listen to extreme metal like Slayer.