Say hello to our new Songkick team members!

The Songkick team has been growing recently and in the coming months there’s going to be lots more faces to add to this lovely bunch (want to be one of them? – check out our jobs page!). So we thought it might be nice to intro the new members of the Songkick crew with a little get-to-know-you blog post:

First up is David Shaw:

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Live music has been my life since I was 10 years old, when I started playing the drums. With no delusions of grandeur I continued with my education, graduating from The University of Exeter in 2004. Since then I’ve been testing software and can now celebrate the fact that I’m combining my career with my greatest passion, through working at Songkick. My dream would be to host a festival where I grew up, with of course the farmer’s permission. When I’m not at work or making a noise, I like to surf and have recently started to learn to paraglide. This is the part where I shamelessly plug my band.

What’s your role at Songkick?

I’m a QA Engineer at Songkick which means I help identify and fix bugs across the range of Songkick’s offerings.

What was the first concert you went to (that you’re not embarrassed to share..)

My first (proper) concert was Dire Straits, 1998.

Any particularly awesome/interesting concert memories/stories to tell?

Coachella festival has to be the single musical experience that stands out - unrecognisable to a frequent UK festival goer. Located upon the pristine polo fields in Palm Springs and surrounded palm trees and snow capped mountains, this place sets the bar pretty high.

What upcoming concerts/festivals are you looking forward to – any recommendations?

I’m looking forward to finally making it to Green Man festival in The Brecon Beacons, Wales, this summer.

 

Up next is Sarah-Jane Skeete:

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Imperial and was subsequently working for FTSE in Canary Wharf, the antiseptic land of suited automatons. Fortunately I had an epiphany and realised I wanted work in a tech start-up. I’m currently learning Objective-C so that I can make iOS apps and my aspiration is to start my own company.

What’s your role at Songkick?

Intern/Data warrior and foosball player.

What was the first concert you went to (that you’re not embarrassed to share..)

I am embarrassed to share but I will anyway….Christina Aguilera when I was a tween. Or maybe teen. But tween is less embarrassing so I choose to remember I was a tween.

Any particularly awesome/interesting concert memories/stories to tell?

Pharrell Williams! I love Pharrell and saw him at Brixton Academy while I was at uni. After the gig I lay in wait for him outside the stage door. He finally exited after about 2 hours (it was so cold outside) and got trapped in a web of overly enthusiastic fans. I was in the first thread of this web. I held his hand, the softest hand I’ve ever felt. And I kissed him on the cheek. My friend kissed him on the lips and I regretted my foolishness in going for the cheek. Hindsight is 20/20. A model that was hanging out by the stage door gave me her afterparty pass. But I didn’t know where it was so I went home. It was amazing.

What upcoming concerts/festivals are you looking forward to – any recommendations?

The Kills and Lovebox! I epically want to see Standard Fare when they next play in London. Standard Fare are my latest love.

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