Austin Work Mixes: Ryan Britton

Learn what The National Bureau founder Ryan Britton jams to when he’s working late into the night.
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We’re speaking to Austin locals to discover their favorite work mixes. What do you rock out to when it’s time to get shit done? Send us your playlist at [email protected].

Long-time Austin resident Ryan Britton is the founder and CEO of The National Bureau of Product Research, an up-and-coming fashion label that sells direct-to-consumer online.

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A graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Britton is a former NASA contractor who found inspiration in archived aerospace blueprints and command module schematics. That artwork is now present in his garments.

Britton works from a detached office space behind his house. Since high school, he’s been a night owl.

“I’m most productive from 10 p.m. to 2-3 a.m.,” he says. “The sun coming up for me is always bad news. It’s like, ‘Uh, I have an entire day of sunlight to deal with now.’ But after it goes down and things get quiet, it seems like the world gets quiet. Then I start to really pound out the stuff that I need to get done.”

Britton, whose go-to work playlist is below, describes his musical taste as “just a little bit darker.”

“It’s all electronica with overtones of industrial and dark wave,” he said. “It’s got a steady beat. It’s kind of down low. ‘Fineshrine’ by Purity Ring has a bunch of high notes. I sort of note that when I work. In a lot of ways, it grooves along. You can listen to it, or you can tune it out for a second to concentrate on something else.”

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