We know sometimes it’s easy to imagine your agency gurus as hollow shells, working behind computers, ever be-grudging their clients, but we don’t want that for you (and we definitely don’t want it for us).

You guys make what we do special, eternal thanks, from your good-haired friends at Bolster.

We’re feeling festive and we want to share a little somethin’ somethin’ about ourselves with the world.

Alex Zaccaria

Xmas song of choice

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
It used to be played a lot in my parents musical instrument store. I think it’s just nostalgic for me.

Album of the year
Leon Bridges – Coming Home

New year’s resolution
Same as the past 5 years. Read more.

Anth Zaccaria

Xmas song of choice

The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
Because Christmas time needed more glam.

Album of the year
Anderson Paak – Malibu

New year’s resolution
Finish one of the 3 books I started reading a year ago.

Paige X. Cho

Xmas song of choice

Winter Paradise – Destiny’s Child
Because I can still enjoy songs about snow and fireplaces even though it’s stinking hot here, goddamnit.

Album of the year
September Girls – Age of Indignation

New year’s resolution
Stop eating avocados so that I might be able to afford housing.

Nicky Humphreys

Xmas song of choice

I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas – The Drifters
Because Home Alone.

Album of the year
Mild High Club – Skiptracing

New year’s resolution
HD.

Carlitos Redwood

Xmas song of choice

LCD Soundsystem – Christmas Will Break Your Heart
Last year’s actual christmas miracle.

Album of the year
Angel Olsen – My Woman

New year’s resolution
Drink less coffee more often.

Rob Sopenlehto

Xmas song of choice

Unknown – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Album of the year
Tim Hecker – Love Streams

In this album Tim takes harmonies and melodies from performances of 14th century Icelandic choral compositions and reconfigures them before they are arranged and orchestrated by Jóhann Jóhannsson. These are then performed, recorded, and remixed to create the album he describes as ‘Liturgical music for the post-Yeezy generation’.

New year’s resolution
Buy a modular synth.

Sean Singh

Xmas song of choice

Little Drummer Boy – The Jackson 5
A wee little me in Year 2 was gutted that I didn’t get to be the Little Drummer Boy in my school’s Christmas show, so my mum got me a plastic drum and played this song on repeat. I got to be Michael Jackson instead of the drummer boy which is way cooler.

Album of the year
Tourist – U

New year’s resolution
My resolution last year was to love myself like Kanye loves himself. So next year I probably need to tone it down.

Nick Threapleton

Xmas song of choice

Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis
My parents used to play this when we opened presents but now I’m conditioned to expect presents whenever I hear it.

Album of the year
Palace – So Long Forever

New year’s resolution
4K, sorry Nicky.

Lauren Mitchell

Xmas song of choice

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas
Maxed out levels of cheese (and dat voice).

Album of the year
Azymuth – Fênix

New year’s resolution
Be 100 times sassier to authority figures (mostly Alex).

Phil Johnson

Xmas song of choice

Bucko & Champs Christmas album
It has all the classic Christmas songs like ‘Barry the elf’.

Album of the year
Bon Iver – 22, A Million

New year’s resolution
Survive my first year in Melbourne.

Mike Bywaters

Xmas song of choice

White Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Because it’s fun to sing this one like Sinatra in the shower. I kind of sing it all year round. It’s a problem.

Album of the year
Illy – Two Degrees

New year’s resolution
I vow to drink again, after a productive yet socially isolating year off of booze.

Em Steven

Xmas song of choice

Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
Two beautiful legends singing together. And you know…still crying over bowie. (Honourable mentions go to Wham! – Last Christmas and O holy night by Mariah (sorry not sorry)).

Album of the year
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

New year’s resolution
Eat more snacks.

Charlotte Abroms

Xmas song of choice

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York

Album of the year
Gang of Youths – Let Me Be Clear

New year’s resolution
Use Uber less? Use Uber more? I don’t know. I’m stuck.

BLSTR Group.