New Zealand Music Month With Our Designers

We love music here at RUBY. To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we chatted to our designers to find out what New Zealand and international songs make them want to dance, laugh and reminisce....

Deanna Didovich, RUBY Designer

Deanna Didovich

Lorde - Team

I love the video clip for this song.

Blackstreet - No Diggity

One of the best songs from my early teenage years.

Roy Orbison - Crying

I always love a bit of Roy and this is one of my favourites.

Everclear - Local God

This one is from my favourite soundtrack, Romeo & Juliet.

Magazin - Sve Bi Seke Lubile Mornare

A Croatian pop hit that I loved when I was a child - it has the best video clip ever.

No Doubt - Just A Girl

Gwen Stefani was my 90's style star.

Emily Miller-Sharma, Liam Designer

Emily Miller-Sharma

The Ruby Suns - Cranberry

This is such a warm song.

The Reduction Agents - Waiting For Your Love

Bring back The Reduction Agents.

Weezer - El Scorcho

Probably my strongest memory of this song is jumping on my friend's bed and singing it loudly. We jumped so hard that a peace lily pot plant fell right off her bookcase.

Paul Simon - Cecila

My friend Sandra played this song loudly my first morning in San Francisco. It was the beginning of a big trip around the States and I still get the same excited feeling everything time I hear it.

Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place

It's hard to explain how much I love this song.

Arthur Russell - Keeping Up

I only really learnt about Arthur Russell in the past couple of years. He is pretty amazing and I recommend watching a documentary about him called Wild Combination.

Ruby Music Contributors - Dave


Dave Parker is a bedroom producer/engineer. Sometimes he also does producing/engineering in real studios and occasionally you'll find him behind the mixing desk at a show you're at (or you could find him behind the mixing desk at a show you're not at but we're stepping in to quantum mechanics territory here). Over the past few years Dave has been busy birthing musical babies all over the show for the likes of; Ruby Frost, Great North, Teacups, Artisan Guns, Watercolours, Glass Owls, Clap Clap Riot and many more

He sometimes also plays guitar in Watercolours and wears a shark cape while playing bass in Bearcat. When not doing music related things he is an avid baker and once a year he disappears in to the surrounding orchards for a week or so to collect apples that he carefully turns in to cider. Currently he is writing this bio in the 3rd person. Dave has, in my opinion, the best taste in music ever and now you have to listen to it while you are trying to buy clothes. Lucky you.

Visit Dave's website Little Monster Studio

PLAYLIST ONE - Feel Good and Get Stuff Done
Mostly upbeat newish alternative pop, these are the sort of songs I turn to when I want/have to get something done. Hopefully this results in your shopping experiences being super productive and maybe less stressful (if you are feeling stressed) (in an ideal world your shopping experience is already pretty relaxed). One time I was having a terrible day and then the supermarket was playing a Mariah Carey song from her Christmas album and when I heard it I felt better about everything. I think that if I had a shop I'd probably only play Mariah Carey's Christmas album on repeat, but I resisted the temptation to put that on this playlist.


Most of this playlist has been compiled from mp3's of old/rare 45's that I've been collecting from various blogs for the past few years. Some of these songs might have sold very few records and maybe haven't been played for years until someone unearthed them in a box at a thrift store and uploaded them on to a blog. I really like the idea of these amazing songs, that might otherwise be lost, getting heard and loved again. But not everyone loves old miscellaneous Motown as much as me so I decided to break it up with some classics and newer songs that I felt would be sympathetic to the songs I already had on there.


Ruby Music Contributors - Annie


Annie is a post graduate Geography student at UoA’s School of Environment, obsessed with the natural world and the man-made urban space that we live in. She is currently focused on expressions of creativity that represent Aucklander’s through public art. Annie can be found wandering through the city with an inquisitive mind, listening to music that inspires and enables this thought process.

RUBY PLAYLIST #1 - ‘Exploration’

This playlist epitomises itchy feet, adventure, wanderlust, sunshine, holidaying, freedom, discovering new and incredible things overseas or in your own city and that indescribable feeling you get when travelling.

Annie's Top 5 from the Exploration playlist:

Lost - Frank Ocean
Free the City - Surf City
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire
Get Away - yuck
There Goes the Fear - Doves

RUBY PLAYLIST #2 - ‘Too Cool’

Simply, these songs just sound really cool, and when you listen to them you feel really cool.

Annie's Top 5 from the Too Cool playlist:

Cherokee - Cat Power
Weekend - Smith Westerns
UNDER - Watercolours
Who - David Bryne and St. Vincent
Vowels = Space and Time - Grimes