iHeartRadio Employee Playlist of the Month: Kavi Halemane

For our next installment of the the iHeartRadio Employee Playlist of the Month series, we’d like to introduce you to Kavi Halemane, General Manager of Digital Programming for iHeartRadio.

Take a listen to his playlist here or check out the full list below!

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Why did you choose the songs on your playlist?

The songs I chose for this playlist are some of my favorite (relatively) new releases that are out right now. The sequencing of the playlist includes a wide range of tempos and timbres with a good amount of genre and sub-genre diversity. It really suits my personal musical tastes - which includes a little bit of everything! - while not giving away any of my all-time favorites. I wanted to keep things fresh with this playlist, which showcases great new music from artists that I’ve worked with, that I’m a big fan of or have seen perform live.

When do you listen to this playlist most?

I tend to listen to playlists on flights, train rides, and the subway (shout out to offline playback on iHeartRadio All Access) so I intend to add this one to the arsenal right away!

Who is your dream artist to meet and why?

That’s a very tough question to answer, but I’d have to say Thom Yorke from Radiohead. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with a lot of famous artists in my career, but that encounter has yet to happen. I’m not sure I could keep my composure if it did. With over 9 studio albums, Radiohead’s music has evolved along with me as I grew up; from a teenager, to young adulthood in my twenties, and now to a more mature phase of life in my thirties. Through every album cycle the music they create hits home for me in the strongest way possible, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. The final track on this playlist, “Daydreaming,” is from their latest album release, A Moon Shaped Pool. It’s probably the oldest track on the playlist by release date, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to include it. It’s hauntingly beautiful, a work of art!

Can you share your most memorable music experience?

This is a trick question! Working in the music business has been a dream come true and is filled with more memorable music moments than I can count. I’ve experienced so much that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Everything from standing on the stage and looking out at thousands of people going crazy at major music festivals, to being a fly on the wall in the recording studio for the creative process and hearing new music before anyone else, to going out on the road and being in 10 different cities in 10 days. It has been quite a ride and I’m not sure how to pick one moment. However, as a music fan I have a memorable experience that just happened a few months ago. I recently saw one of my all-time favorite bands At The Drive-In at Terminal 5 in NYC, after waiting through a 16-year hiatus and having them cancel a show from the stage in front of my eyes last year. It was cathartic and beyond epic for me. I still have the scars from the pit to prove it. A song from their new album in•ter a•li•a, “Governed By Contagions,” is included on this playlist. It’s aggressive in all the right ways. Turn it up!

What is the best part about working at iHeartRadio?

The best part about working at iHeartRadio to me is knowing that on the other end of that smartphone, tablet, computer, car, or plethora of other devices that we’re available on, there’s a human using our service as part of their own day. Whether it’s to catch up on the morning show podcast, the latest news, or to hear music from their favorite artist or station, all the hard work we do behind the scenes from the tremendous talent we have at the company all comes to a head when that user hits play. That’s the magic.

A fun fact about myself is…

I’m a big film buff. My favorite movies are The Godfather (Part I & II), Star Wars (everything and anything), and Office Space. In recent years I’ve taken my passion for films to a new level by writing a screenplay as well as producing an award-winning documentary.

Kavi Halemane’s Playlist:

  1. Gorillaz – Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)

  2. Linkin Park – One More Light

  3. At The Drive In – Governed By Contagions

  4. Skip Marley – Calm Down

  5. Flux Pavilion – Pull The Trigger (feat. Cammie Robinson)

  6. Fleet Foxes – Fool’s Errand

  7. Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes

  8. Alesso – Falling

  9. Childish Gambino – Redbone

  10. Motionless In White – Eternally Yours

  11. Mike Posner – In The Arms Of A Stranger (Grey Remix)

  12. Mastodon – Show Yourself

  13. Calvin Harris – Rollin (feat. Future & Khalid)

  14. HAIM – Want You Back

  15. Axwell /\ Ingrosso – Renegade

  16. Lady Antebellum – Heart Break

  17. Warm Brew – Let’s Get Paid

  18. Trace – Oh My My

  19. Ella Vos – You Don’t Know About Me

  20. Future Islands – Ran

  21. Marshmello – Moving On

  22. Thrice – Sea Change

  23. Mura Masa – All Around The World (feat. Desiigner)

  24. Rise Against – House On Fire

  25. Radiohead – Daydreaming

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