At Knockaround HQ there’s rarely a quiet moment. Whether we’re in the warehouse packing orders, assembling custom sunglasses or playing Knocksack, or behind our desks, cranking on upcoming projects and designing new shades, we’re jamming out.
As a new initiative, we’re stoked to launch the Knockmix: a monthly playlist consisting of 10 tracks, handpicked by Knockaround employees. You can find the Knockmix on Spotify or right here on this page.
Welcome to the very first Knockmix. Turn it up and enjoy!
ACE MOYER / FOUNDER & CEO
Gary Wright with "Love is Alive"
I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song: we were pulling up to the beach on the North Shore of Oahu, less than a mile from the Robin Masters estate, where they filmed the show Magnum P.I. Our Production Manager, Regan, was driving, and our Lead Designer, Donald, was riding shotgun. I was sprawled out in the backseat, Knockarounds on, soaking in the warm Hawaii sun.
KATIE AKIBA / DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Moby with "Flower"
I have a love / hate relationship with this song. It’s bookmarked on my computer and twice per day a group of us at Knockaround HQ try to do our “Sallies”. Start laying down in push-up ready position, when the song says “bring Sally up” you push up, when the song says “bring Sally down” you go down. Nobody has finished the whole song yet… but 2017 might be the year.
REGAN RUSSELL / PRODUCTION MANAGER
Tim Cappello with "I still Believe"
Vampires, sax solos, ponytails, and baby oil…’nuff said.
MANNY CARBAJAL / WAREHOUSE SPECIALIST
Dr. Dog with "The Old Days"
This is a really fun and upbeat song which I actually discovered when I first started working for Knockaround. So it reminds me a lot of work.
KEEGAN DUNFORD / CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER
The Head and the Heart with "Rhythm & Blues"
Been a fan of these guys for a few years now. Received their recent album for Christmas. This song was pretty much on repeat and helped keep me sane during the 4 hour drive down Big Bear Mountain over winter break. Good road song. Jimmy jam for sure.
ED RAINEY / DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & BUSINESS DEV.
Suicide with "Dream Baby Dream"
"We're all dreamers." - Ray Bradbury
DONALD GOULD / LEAD DESIGNER
Peter Bjorn and John with "Nothing to Worry About"
DREW LEWIS / SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER
Talking Heads with "This Must be the Place"
This was the original “Knockaround Morning Song”. When I first started with the company, there were only 5 of us sharing a tiny space. We used to blast the same tune one of us picked first thing every morning for an entire month. Pretty silly, but we did it faithfully. Plus, the Talking Heads are badass.
JOSE ZAMBRANO / WAREHOUSE SPECIALIST
Rage Against the Machine with "Know Your Enemy"
I was lucky enough to attend Coachella in 1999 and watch Rage and Tool performance live on the same stage. Best performances ever!!
JULIO NOLGUEN / WAREHOUSE MANAGER
Notorious B.I.G. with "Juicy"
I've always admired hip-hop artists and producers. Mainly the sounds of the beats, but also the stories they tell in their songs.