DAYTONA BEACH — The World’s Most Famous Beach just got its own soundtrack.
Although the new Hard Rock Hotel isn’t quite ready to open its doors, music fans and potential visitors already can experience a taste of the songs that will define the guest experience at the 200-room, music-intensive beachside luxury hotel slated to open in February.
Hard Rock this week released a specially created “Daytona Getaway!” playlist via the online music streaming site Spotify, more than 90 minutes of songs that range from vintage surf rock to sophisticated ultra-chill lounge music.
From guitar god Dick Dale’s classic surf instrumental “Misirlou,” known for its presence in the Quentin Tarantino film “Pulp Fiction,” to tracks by the Ramones (“Rockaway Beach”) and newer material from like-minded, if more obscure, international acts, the list is inspired by the company’s vision of Daytona Beach, said Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock International’s Orlando-based music and memorabilia historian.
Nolan is the curator of the Daytona Beach playlist, marking the first time a collection of music has been tailored to a specific Hard Rock hotel property.
“Daytona Beach is such an unusual place,” said Nolan, 50, a rock musician and writer who has worked for Hard Rock International for 13 years. “There’s a little bit of a John Waters-y vibe here, which is one of its big strengths.
“I wanted music that touched on that kitschy mid-century thing, but did it in a modern way. It resonated with our team, so they dug it and we ran with it.”
The “Daytona Getaway!” playlist will be played under the hotel’s porte-cochere entrance, at 918 N. Atlantic Ave., and throughout the lobby to shape the guest arrival experience, hotel officials said. It’s the first of dozens of playlists that Nolan and other team members will create before the hotel’s opening.
Although the Daytona Beach hotel marks the first time that customized…