Revival Tune-Ups No. 16 : Erick Montes / OK Studio

We've known our next Revival Tune-Ups guest, designer Erick Montes, a long time. Probably since before Revival opened its doors, and maybe since before you were even born. Either way, Erick's been working with us for a minute, so you for sure have seen his handiwork on the Revival brand.

Erick grew up in Guatemala, but has been in Austin long enough to claim he's an Austinite. (Locals have opinions about this kind of thing, but we're far too genteel around here to bring it up.) Erick started the design firm OK Studio in 2016, and has been making a name for himself ever since, doing work for worldwide brands such as Nike, Whole Foods Market and Converse.

We asked Erick to create the first new playlist of 2021, and he took us in an exciting new direction. Let's just say that if you've been itching for some tracks in languages other than English, you're in for a real treat. A quick glance through the titles here reveals Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian. And there are also classics ranging from groundbreaking jazz vocalist Nina Simone to UK metal stalwarts Black Sabbath and post-punk obscurity The Sound. There's even surprises from the worlds of two-tone ska and hip-hop.

This is one of our most adventurous playlists yet; we're super excited about it and we're pretty sure you're gonna dig it too. Welcome to the new year, friends. If this soundtrack is any indication, 2021 is gonna be a great one.

Check out Erick’s sweet work and give him a follow @heyokstudio

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