The August artist playlist is here! Each month we’re asking one music-loving artist to create a custom playlist of their favorite songs. This month, we’re jamming out with the help of Texas based artist Nick Quintero. He’s put together a playlist that’s chill, gritty and sure to help you hustle through your day. Take a listen and check out our chat below!

Introduce yourself and your work!

I’m Nick Quintero, a Texas based artist, illustrator & designer. I like to draw things inspired by where I live & the music I love. I also love coffee & whiskey – sometimes together.

Could you tell us about the playlist you put together?

My playlist is a mix of chill vibes and songs that I can sing along to while I put the finishing touches on a project. My work vibes range from hard beats to super chill lyrics that just really help me get lost in what I’m creating. I don’t make one type of art so why would I listen to one type of music?

What song or artist do you have on repeat recently? 

Houston Texas’ Khruangbin. Their wavy psych-rock just really keeps in the zone.

If your art were a music genre, what would it be? 

Probably psych hip-hop with big beats made with lo-fi folky instruments. That seems to make some sense to me.

How do you describe your musical taste?

Very specific. There are so many bands or genres where I like literally one song. I like a lot of hip-hop but it ranges from super nerdy underground to hardcore to 90s, etc. I like music that feels like it was created with a lot of dedication and hard work.

What part does music play in your creative process?

I listen to music any time I am working on anything! I am always getting weird looks when I work with my headphones on because I can’t help but groove along to whatever I have on at the time. My headphones die 2-3 times a day because I can’t give them a rest. Passion fueled music helps me make passion fueled art every time.

Support Your Local Designer

by Nick Quintero

Abstract Desert Shapes

by Nick Quintero

Agave Print

by Nick Quintero

Pink Arch

by Nick Quintero

Cowgirl Line Art

by Nick Quintero

Faceless Cowboy

by Nick Quintero

Stay You

by Nick Quintero

Multi Culture Cowgirl

by Nick Quintero

Olivia Linville

Artist Relations & Development Associate