43North Music Monday: Helm Experience & Design Staff

Way back in 2014, Nicolas Barone and Johnathan Gorczyca founded Helm Experience & Design to provide digital design solutions to Buffalo startups. Websites, mobile apps, you name it and they build it. With a fun staff and a busy workload, Helm’s playlist offers music for powering through those hectic days and boosting creativity to come up with the genius designs we see all around Buffalo (think Lloyd).

Each member of the Helm team shared 2 of their favorite songs, along with some insight into their listening choice. Learn more about the Helm team below and get those earbuds plugged in for a crazy ride.

Happy Monday!

Chris Moyer – Lead Developer

Tempest – The Insider Motion Picture: The entire soundtrack from the 1999 movie, The Insider, is my go-to when I want something without lyrics to block out distraction. It’s loud, eerie, and driving.

Walk Through the Fire – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: If I need to work on something a little mind-numbing, I’ll crank up the cast recording from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode, Once More with Feeling, and sing along… it’s catchy, funny, and engaging enough to push through a boring task.

Tommy Creenan – Front End Developer

Nocturne en mi bémol majeur opus 9 n°2: Ballade en Sol Mineur No.1: When I get started coding in the morning, I need calm music without lyrics to keep me focused, and classical music always does the trick. (Plus, it makes me feel like a savant supervillain)

Legend Has It – Run the Jewels: I can only listen to classical music for so long before needing to get my daily hip-hop fix. When I’m on a roll, some high-energy hip-hop keeps me going throughout the day.

Brendan Hariff – Design Director

Cream on Chrome by Ratatat: Perfect listening to get a little groove on without the distraction of lyrics.

Oh Devil by Electric Guest: Ends up in my playlist at least once a week. Good afternoon pickup.

Matthew Daddario – Business Development

SGL by Now Now: Good acoustic guitar and vocals.

Down by Marian Hill: Mellow beats.

Jonathan Hutchison – Designer

Lotus Eater by Mura Masa: Good for chill vibes, being creative; helps me get in the zone.

Say My Name by ODESZA: Another good chill, funky track to get the creative juices flowing.

Aemile Donoghue – Intern

Life Itself  by Glass Animals: Has a fun beat that I usually end up dancing to in my chair.

Wow by Beck: This song has good, chill vibes perfect for focusing.

Rachel Peck – Designer

The Chain by Ingrid Michaelson: I love most of Ingrid’s music, and will put her music on when I’m in the mood for chill background music while working. Plus, I’m seeing her in NYC this weekend so it seemed fitting to include her as one of my songs.

My Shot by Lin-Manuel Miranda: Music from Hamilton is good for getting pumped up and can kill a big chunk of the day if you listen to the whole soundtrack. I am a theater fan but the music is impressive even if you don’t like theater.

Nicholas Barone – Founder

Show you the way by Thundercat ft. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins

When I Die by Motherlode

Jonathan Gorczyca – Founder

Painting a Hole by The Shins

Aquemini by Outkast


For our past Music Monday playlists, be sure to check out our Spotify account. And for more on Helm, read our Founder Friday post that highlights founders Jonathan Gorczyca and Nicholas Barone.