Music. It is safe to say my favourite genres change frequently. And I can guarantee that months from now, I might look back on this and say ‘Damn I don’t even to these like that anymore.’ So this is my current focus on music at the time I write this blog post.
So. Where do I even begin with this one?
This may sound very cliché, but my life would not be worth living without music. Anyone who knows me on a friendly or intimate basis will tell you I love dancing. (I don’t mean to brag but I’ve been told I got quite the moves too 🤷).
Jokes aside, I listen to focus music as soon as I’m awake. When I wake up, the first thing I do is connect my phone to the loudspeakers in my living room and play some easy lo-fi music. And this is before I either brush my teeth or head to the gym.
Once I feel fully awake and need to start work at 9am, I then switch the music tempo a little higher. When that’s done, I keep my music playing in the background till I finish work. I cannot stress enough the impact of this on my concentration. I take my Spotify playlists very seriously, and that’s why I have my playlists arranged according to genres or moods. So yeah, in case you were wondering, I’m not just The Write Guy – I’m also The Right Guy for every occasion ;).
Man, you sound like a terrible housemate😑
Well, you’d be surprised. I have raving 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.
Now that we have that out of the way, the truth is I live alone. And this allows me to better focus on my goals and enjoy my focus music a lot more :).
Can we just get back on track?
Oh, but of course, you’re here because you want to know my favourite kinds of deep-focus music. I already mentioned Lo-Fi Music. So I will mention my other favourites :). The first one is:
1. Movie and Animation Soundtracks/Scores
I am a huge fan of Hanz Zimmer. This man is responsible for the most immersive concert I ever attended in my life. And because of him, I have a Spotify playlist dedicated to my favourite movie, videogame and anime themes.
I love how the beats, orchestra and instruments range from serene to intense. Something about music with no lyrics that allows me to go into deep concentration when I need to.
Also, read about my most recent Hans Zimmer Concert experience HERE.
2. Afro Focus Music.
Specifically new Afrobeat and South African AfroHouse music. I love my Cameroonian artists but I swear the Nigerians have got me in a chokehold with their consistent brand of fresh and chill Afrobeat music.
To me, the essence of Afro music is the beat. I cannot quote a clear line from most of the afrobeat music I listen to.
Even if I can, I don’t understand it. But that does not matter. Because when a beat makes you do the stank face, that’s all you need to roll with.
3. Drill and Trap.
This one is more of a double-edged sword as focus music. The reason for this is that the beat drops in both genres usually get me so hyped I end up vibing and getting little work done.
Both genres have developed a reputation for insinuating violence, and promoting materialism and are just infamous all around among people with a ‘more refined taste in music.
There is some truth to that – but I simply do not care.
I enjoy showmen and entertainers. But what I enjoy even more is good trash talk and clever wordplay on a nasty beat.
4. Rain Focus Music.
This one right here is the final boss on my favourite focus music. I don’t normally listen to this, but when I do – you know I’m in the matrix. In fact, I might have taken both the red pill and the blue pill and gone into a trance.
Listening to raindrops reminds me of home, where the houses are still not properly insulated and the roofs are still made of corrugated zinc.
The only benefit of this terrible design is that when it rains, you hear every single bit of that loud, yet serene rain music. And to me, this is the perfect sound for concentration.
And that’s my list of music that helps me focus/ concentrate.
Did you enjoy my list? Do you have any different types of music for focus? If so, do let me know in the comments or contact me 🙂