Free music streaming service Songza has the beat for LIC Flea

Photo courtesy of Songza

Whether you are working out at the gym or checking out the new LIC Flea in Long Island City, Songza has the right playlist for you.

Based in LIC, Songza is a free music streaming service that delivers the listener the right music at the right time through the biggest library of expertly-curated playlists via Android, iPod, iPad or PC. All the playlists are handpicked by music experts and DJs.

“We’ve always been keen in figuring out the best way to help people discover music,” said Eric Davich, Songza co-founder. “Music is something that people consume as a lifestyle enhancement. It’s not something people consume as a product.”

The music on the playlists on Songza, which on average feature 60 to 80 songs, are personalized to each listener based on implicit behavior, like pressing thumbs up or down to a song, or explicit behavior, such as when you listen to certain music. Songza takes into account data such as time of day, time of week and the device you are using to recommend playlists based on the specific moment.

“It would get you to the right music that would change your mood based on context and be able to evolve and stay fresh,” said Davich.

Songza, which now provides music in the United States and Canada, offered the music for opening day of the LIC Flea & International Food Bazaar featuring a fun mix of new summer tracks and mixing by DJ Jilly Hendrix and DJ Whitney Day.

“I’ve been to a lot of flea markets in my neighborhood, but I’ve never DJed at something like this before,” said Day, who just started working for Songza as a playlist curator. “It’s a rare occasion for DJs to set up their equipment outside. I’m always excited to play outside.”

A playlist is now featured on Songza just for the LIC Flea. It includes both crowd-pleasing pop songs and unknown emerging artists. The Songza headquarters will also be moving right next to the lot LIC Flea calls home.

“It will evolve as the Flea evolves and as more DJs play at the Flea,” said Davich. “We’re really excited it’s right in our backyard. It’s a really great event.”

To find your perfect playlist, visit www.songza.com or download the Songza app to your device.

LIC Flea is located at 5-25 46th Avenue in LIC. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.