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Spotify’s Xavier Jernigan takes his style cues from Dick Van Dyke

Spotify’s head of cultural partnerships and host of ‘The Get Up’ podcast takes our career questionnaire.

Spotify’s Xavier Jernigan takes his style cues from Dick Van Dyke
[Illustration: Denis Davydov]

What’s your best habit, and what’s your worst one?

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I love long showers and I have a meticulous oral care routine, but I take forever in the bathroom and it drives my family and friends crazy!

Is there a businessperson you admire?

[Former American Express CEO] Ken Chenault. I admire the way he navigated through a complex organization to the very top as a Black man.

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What’s the buzzword you never want to hear again?

“You’re muted.” All right already. . . .

What’s the best mistake you ever made?

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I was P. Diddy’s personal assistant, and I didn’t like the direction the job was moving in. The hours and environment were unhealthy. I needed to make an immediate change, so I quit without a backup plan.

Is there a book you recommend to everyone?

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks. It completely changed the way that I view love in every sense.

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Do you have a wardrobe staple?

A colorful pair of socks coordinated with my outfit.

Do you have a style icon?

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As a kid watching The Dick Van Dyke Show reruns, I was struck by his style. I loved the cut and fit of his suits. That was the first time I thought suits could look cool.

What’s always in your bag?

Over-the-ear Bose headphones with noise cancellation.

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Do you have a favorite object in your office?

The door!

What is your biggest indulgence?

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Brooklyn Nets season tickets. Sneakers are a close second.

Do you have a favorite form of exercise?

I rotate between body-weight workouts and gym workouts with weights. My home workout takes 10 minutes and I can do it anywhere, which eliminates excuses.

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What TV show are you mid-binge on?

I’m watching the original run of Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack on Hulu. I didn’t remember they used the actual people and police for the reenactments whenever possible. . . . What?!

My Favorite Songs

Do you have a favorite podcast?

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The Midnight Miracle with Dave Chappelle, Yasiin Bey, and Talib Kweli. [It’s] a fly-on-the-wall experience with fantastic storytelling.

What is your go-to food for fast fuel?

A banana, Granny Smith apple, grapes, or an orange.

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What do you send to congratulate someone?

More often than not, a carefully curated GIF.

Do you have a “get pumped” song?

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“Win” by Jay Rock.

Is there a meeting you never miss?

I host our weekly music team happy hours. It’s a time where the global music team comes together to bond, laugh, speak freely, and celebrate each other. Sometimes we just talk. Sometimes we have surprise celebrity guests who I interview.

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