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Recipes for All-Nighters at the Office (Part 1: Music)

Posted @ 10:44 am by Owen Frivold | Category: SolutionSet, Strategy | 0 Comments

Every once in a while, there comes a time when your team needs to pull a few all-nighters to meet that pitch/launch/[insert all important client events here] deadline. As our team has had a fair number of those recently, we’ve come to develop a set of “recipes” that help us power through the night. This first of three installments will cover music, the key motivator to keeping the team engaged (read: awake).

Designating one official DJ to handle the music situation is key, but whoever it is needs to make sure they keep the music fresh. After several failed attempts to keep everyone happy, we came up with a few recipes to diversify the music and ensure everyone had a chance to listen to their favorites.

The following music mixes have come quite in handy over the last month:


The Bonding Sesh:


1/3 Classic Rock – Led Zepp, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, etc.

1/3 90s Hits – RHCP, Weezer, Incubus, etc.

1/3 Top 40 –  Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, etc.

Instructions: Compile a list of songs from each and shake vigorously (shuffle) to make the randomness of the next song part of the fun.

Notes: Although it may seem corny, when we played of highly recognizable songs our team started to bond over the last time they had heard a particular song—often NSFNWH (Not Safe For Normal Work Hours).


The Power Hours:


1/3 Techno/Electronica – DeadMau5, Alex Clare, Skrillex, etc.

1/3 Hip-Hop – GrandMaster Flash to Clyde Carson, etc.

1/3 Heavy Metal – ACDC, Metallica, Black Sabbath, etc.

Instructions: Break into even 1-hour chunks, genres can be played in any order, but should not be shuffled together.

Notes: The team starts to get a little drained at this stage and needs a good complement to the 6-hour power (5-hour energy knock-off) they just took to the head.


The Wee Hours:


1/2 Jazz – Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, etc.

1/2 Classical – Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, etc.

Instructions: Start with swing and ease into calmer acid jazz, then switch over to classical for the remainder of the time at the office.

Notes: Equivalent to a nightcap, this mix helps the team wind down from the long working session (and caffeine) and get ready to head out.


I hope this comes in handy for the next all-nighter you pull. Next up, the ultimate takeout, and snack and beverage recipes.


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