First he was a Beastie Boys web-designer, then he moved on to head Yahoo’s music service, before becoming CEO of Beats Music. The dude’s a digital music veteran. Now he’s off to Europe to run digital for French luxury company LVMH. Before he boards the plane, we asked Ian Rogers to make us a playlist, which he titled ‘Pressing On’. You can listen to his playlist HERE, and read his musings below.
“I don’t remember a time when I didn’t make mix tapes. When I was five or six they only had AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and KISS on them, but by the time I was in high school they would go from Minor Threat to Boogie Down Productions. Then there was that time in the 90s when I searched out a cheap cassette deck where the head wouldn’t come off the tape when you hit pause so I could keep up with Adam Horovitz’ legendary pause tapes. A mix tape of mine from that time would feature DJ Magic Mike, Elliot Smith, and The Pretenders, but never a full song. You’d get, at most, one verse and one chorus of each.
This playlist was made with that in mind. Twenty-two tracks, assembled for myself, songs of escapism and catharsis I would welcome rattling around my helmet on a two-lane highway, six thousand feet above sea level.” — Ian Rogers