Ridin’ Shotgun With Josh Wilson: The Gear And First Playlist

Hey everybody, my name is Joshua Wilson, and I’m excited to be a part of DimiHub. Although sports writing is my first passion, I’ve always wanted to do a little bit of music writing too, so I was incredibly pleased when George Kondoleon approached me about the opportunity to write on his new venture.

Some people listen to music for therapy, some listen to it to escape their own world, and others listen to it to live vicariously through another artists’ journey and their lyrics. Then there’s the crowd that simply listens for entertainment, and because they like the way it sounds. I like to think I’m a healthy mix of all of those, and one of my favorite places to listen to music is when I’m driving around.

While some people might gripe at the idea of having to drive half an hour or so by themselves, I love knowing that I have to take a trip somewhere, even if it’s a solo one. It gives me the perfect excuse to compile a playlist that fits the way I’ve been living, and the music I’ve been into.

So, when I was thinking about the type of posts I wanted to write here at DimiHub, I was thinking that talking about what I’m listening to on my way to work, school, and any other place my car may take me would be a perfect column for me.

So, I’ll hope you’ll join me here at DimiHub on a regular basis as I explore some better-known music, and some lesser-known music, and attempt to compile the perfect playlist for cruising around in the car.

At the end of this post I’ll talk about what I’ve been listening to briefly, but since this is my first post, I want to talk about some of my car music equipment and must-haves if you too are seeking the perfect playlist.

I drive a 2006 strato blue Mazda 3, nothing too fancy, a car that has been called “purple” all too many times. The car came out when tape players were out, CDs were in, and aux cords and smartphones were just coming into fruition. Therefore, my entry level model didn’t come with an aux port, so I had to tear my dash apart and install one myself.

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For some convenience and less looking at wires, I later installed a SoundBot Bluetooth dongle, which allows my regular aux port to turn into a Bluetooth device, making my car seem much more advanced than it actually is. For anyone who does a lot of listening off of their phone, and doesn’t want to hassle around with physically plugging it in, Bluetooth is a must-have. I know, I sound a bit spoiled saying simply plugging my phone in is a “hassle” but it really is nice to just throw my bag in the backseat with my phone in it, start the car up, and start driving. Also, it ensures your aux cords don’t break as often since you rarely touch them.

I stream music off of my iPhone 6S, and have a subscription to Apple Music. I’ve been a supporter of Apple Music since it first came out, and absolutely love it. The ability to have practically endless amounts of music for just $10 a month is a bargain to me. It’s nice that it loads up seamlessly with my music app on my phone, too. If you appreciate music, and want to give back to the creators, having legal music is definitely the way to go, and subscription-based services give you the largest library for the cheapest dollar.

If you’re using an Android phone, you can still get an Apple Music app, and I’ve heard it works well. Spotify is also an option for both platforms, but I have found Spotify’s app to be clunky and not integrated well to the operating system.

Lastly, I have my Apple Watch on wrist almost every time I get in the car to quickly switch between songs or to tell Siri to “play my car playlist” without ever needing to grab my phone.

That’s my setup. I’ve found that you don’t need to go out and buy the best audio equipment for your car to sound good, finding the balance of all the settings is much more important.

What I’m listening to this week

Grizfolk’s new album “Waking Up the Giants” is what I’ve been playing in the car most, followed by a few hip-hop songs such as A$AP Ferg’s “New Level.” I also threw it back to my middle school dance days by adding “No Hands” by Waka Flocka Flame to my car playlist. I also have been listening to one of my favorite heavy rock albums, Issue’s self-titled album that came out in 2014.

Should you try these songs?

If you like hip-hop, my middle two mentioned songs will obviously fair well with you. Anyone who is a fan of music should try Grizfolk‘s album.I came across them when they were openers at a concert I attended, and downloaded their EP following that show. Some of those songs on the EP show up on the full length album as well, but in a much more polished form. You can tell they put a lot of work into songs that seemed as if they were already finished.They have a nice mix of pop and rock, and are good to listen to in the car, or doing anything really.

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If you’re trying to get into some new music, and have ever tried getting into metal music, but simply find you can’t ease yourself into it, Issues would be the perfect transition. The band has cut-throat vocals paired with Tyler Carter’s majestic voice that makes it not as hard as the songs could be. Pair all of that with one of their band members being a DJ (DJ Scout) scratching records on every track and you’ve got yourself a nice hybrid between metal, vocal, and a live DJ. Give them a try.

Where is this best for listening to?

The playlist I’ve been listening to this week was best for my drive to work, which features a variety of roads such as a highway and some city driving as well.

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