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(CMW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #109: Throwing Shade

 
By on Wednesday, 27th April 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Hard to believe but I’m just days away from my first Canadian Music Week (CMW) in just a few days, so leading up to the event, we’ll be previewing some of the acts I’m keen on seeing while I’m in Toronto. We’ll be asking some of these artists to answer a special list of Quickfire Questions tailored specifically to CMW 2016. Today, we’re being graced by the presence of DJ / producer / artiste extraordinaire Throwing Shade (real name Nabihah Iqbal), who showcased last month on our continent at SXSW 2016. Given her hard-working musical ethic at home, I was very curious to see what music inspired her as she grew up and what continues to inspire her. Read on…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Cosmic. Dreamy. Textured.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Canada’?
Drake.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Toronto? Have you been before?
Never been before, so just looking forward to exploring a completely new city

Of the bands who have already been announced (https://cmw.net/music/artists/), do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Just wanna try and see as much new music as possible.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase for your time at CMW that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Chocolate wafers.

You are receiving funding from PRS for Music Foundation to make the trip over to the pond to showcase at CMW. Tell us about how you got involved with PRS Foundation and what their funding means to your trip / your career.
PRS for Music Foundation have a strong reputation for supporting new music in the UK and a few people recommended to me that I should apply for funding with them. So I did… And I was lucky enough to receive it! Without their support, my trip to CMW wouldn’t have been possible.

After CMW, what’s up next for you? Writing and recording? TGE / summer festivals / etc.? Do tell!
I’m DJing in Prague straight after CMW. Then back to London where I’ve got quite a hectic schedule of DJ and live dates over the next few weeks. Need to make time for making music too though… So I’ll see how it goes.

Tell us about your time in Austin for SXSW 2016. What were the highlights and lowlights? What was your favourite moment?
SXSW was incredible! It was my first time there. Highlights would have to be my three performances, being part of the Ninja Tune party, meeting Moodyman, seeing SOPHIE play, and meeting lots of great people. Not many lowlights, except the fact that I spent way too much on Uber :-/

We’re going on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions now…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Michael Jackson – ‘Smooth Criminal’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Anything by Michael Jackson.

What song makes you laugh?
‘OAR 003-B’ by Oni Ayhun.

What song makes you cry?
Right now, ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ by Prince.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l6G2WI8gTo[/youtube]

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Dunno… maybe something off Joanna Newsom’s first album ‘The Milk-Eyed Mender’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Joanna Newsom’s second album ‘Ys’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Isis’ by Bob Dylan.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1qsScOtTDI[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Herman Hesse (but I have more than one).

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Human rights barrister.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘My Favourite Things’ by John Coltrane.

Many thanks to Nabihah for her time in answering our questions.

 

(CMW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #108: Elle Exxe

 
By on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2016 takes place next week. So this week, in the lead-up to the event, we’ll be previewing some of the acts I’m keen on seeing while I’m in Toronto. We’ll be asking some of these artists to answer a special list of Quickfire Questions tailored specifically to CMW 2016. Fans of Edinburgh singer/songwriter Elle Exxe (pronounced as the letters L X) are called ‘EXXTERMINATORS’ (sure beats ‘Nesbians’, eh?), so that should indicate to you the level of devotion that already exists for the young ‘dirty pop’ artist.

Hey Beyonce, you better watch your back! She’s got wayyy better hair than you and you know, in case the day gig doesn’t work out, she can start her own salon in London on the back of her mastery of all things that make a woman’s hair did. What do *you* have going for you, eh? If you’re heading out to CMW 2016 next week you have four chances to catch her live: Wednesday the 4th of May at the Cave (upstairs from Lee’s Palace) at 11 PM; Thursday the 5th at the Nest at midnight; Friday the 6th at the 300 Club at 2 AM; and finally Saturday the 7th at Drake Underground at 11 PM. For now, Elle has kindly answered our questions and you can read her answers below.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Loud. Feisty. Hormonal.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Canada’?
Can I? Duh..

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Toronto? Have you been before?
I’ve never been before. Honestly I’m mostly looking forward to seeing and hearing loads of amazing bands and artists with my friends and eating good food! We’re playing every single night so I’m not sure if we’ll have much time for exploring. I’d love to take the day trip to Niagara Falls though, that’s on my bucket list. I’d also love to do the Edge Walk on CN Tower.

Of the bands who have already been announced (https://cmw.net/music/artists/), do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Yes – NAO is a must see!!! I’m looking forward to seeing Willa on Saturday night at Drake (Underground) before our set. I’d love to see Tegan and Sara too.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase for your time at CMW that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Probably wig glue..there’s not gonna be time for my usual glamour routine and I gotta keep my hair on while I’m moshing, hahaha.

You are receiving funding from PRS for Music Foundation to make the trip over to the pond to showcase at CMW. Tell us about how you got involved with PRS Foundation and what their funding means to your trip / your career.
My manager told me about it. The funding means I can take my band with me and showcase my music in the best possible way. I think the trip would have been almost impossible without the PRS Foundation giving their financial support. It means a lot to me as an artist as well because it shows that they believe in me and my music. It gives me faith and hope and strengthens my belief that this is what I’m meant to be doing. I’m so grateful for it!

After CMW, what’s up next for you? Writing and recording? TGE / summer festivals / etc.? Do tell!
Yes I’ll be playing TGE, Liverpool Sound City and Xpo North amongst others. I’ll be writing and recording at the same time and working on some visual creative projects too. It’s going to be a mad few months; my album ‘Love Fuelled Hate’ is out in September.

We now go back to our regularly scheduled programming of our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘We Will Rock You’ – Queen.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’– The Offspring.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AltMeuPkWRs[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
‘Business Time’ – Flight Of The Conchords.

What song makes you cry?
‘Good Goodbye’ – Lianne La Havas.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Safe Home’ – Anthrax.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8SM_Hr1Ldk[/youtube]

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Caught Out There’ – Kelis.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Aaah, there are too many to choose from! The most recent song I wish I’d written is ‘7 Years’ – Lukas Graham.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHCob76kigA[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Screenwriter John Waters.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be running a unique hair salon specialising in creative-do’s and synthetic hair.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Cartel – ‘Chroma’. It’s an album I loved when I was a teenager and although it’s not my favourite album now, it’s always something I can listen to without getting irritated at or bored of. If you only have one album to listen to you wanna make sure it’s something you never get sick of. But…it wouldn’t be heaven if I could only bring one album!

Thanks, Elle, for answering our questions! And many thanks, too, to Umong for his kind assistance.

 

(CMW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #107: NINA

 
By on Monday, 25th April 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

I’ll be leaving for my first Canadian Music Week (CMW) in just a few days, so leading up to the event, we’ll be previewing some of the acts I’m keen on seeing while I’m in Toronto. We’ll be asking some of these artists to answer a special list of Quickfire Questions tailored specifically to CMW 2016. German born but now London-based singer/songwriter NINA specialises in synthpop, so it’s not surprising that she cites Depeche Mode as one of her earliest musical influences. Somehow I think this woman and I will be fast friends!

Given her love of all things from the ’80s, I was quite surprised to hear which album she would take with her to heaven, as well as the two artists she narrowed her choices down to for her favourite writer of all time. And thanks to NINA, I’ve got four more artists to check out in Toronto, so thank you NINA for your kind assistance! If you’re heading out to CMW 2016, you can catch her at the Cave (upstairs from the legendary Lee’s Palace) on Friday the 6th of May at 9 PM, as well as at Studio Bar Saturday the 7th of May at 1 AM.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Dreamy. Melancholic. ’80s.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Canada’?
Idyllic national parks.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Toronto? Have you been before?
I’ve never been to Canada before, but it’s always been a dream of mine. I’m very excited to discover Toronto and explore the local music scene.

Of the bands who have already been announced (https://cmw.net/music/artists/), do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Love X Stereo – I’m kinda in love with this girl’s voice.
Jesper Munk – What a voice! This German boy’s got soul.
Glass Apple Bonzai – Awesome synthpop band. Nostalgia!
Big Black Delta – Of course! I worked with him in the past, and he always delivers an amazing show.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase for your time at CMW that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Everywhere I go, I take my rather big Dr. Nelson’s ceramic inhaler with me. It’s a weird shape so people don’t usually know what it’s for. It helps my vocal chords to relax and hydrate with steam. Let’s see what the guys at the airport say!

You are receiving funding from PRS for Music Foundation to make the trip over to the pond to showcase at CMW. Tell us about how you got involved with PRS Foundation and what their funding means to your trip / your career.
I played at ‘Live At Heart’ in Sweden last year and someone in the music industry mentioned I should go to CMW and so my record label Aztec Records applied for PRS funding and luckily we were accepted. I’m so grateful to PRS for making this trip happen. Their support is vital for independent artists and labels like us, to get heard abroad and to reach wider audiences.

After CMW, what’s up next for you? Writing and recording? TGE / summer festivals / etc.? Do tell!
My new EP ‘Beyond Memory’ will be out on the 27th of May worldwide. The rest of the year I’m focusing on touring and finishing my debut album. I’ll be playing some shows in the UK, France and Italy and I’m also supporting DE/VISION again in Germany in October, which I’m super excited about.

Now, let’s switch gears to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Talk Talk – ‘Such A Shame’. Still one of my favourite songs. They were huge in Germany in the ’80s.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtHDkbgF6AU[/youtube]

What was your favourite song as a child?
Michael Jackson – ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’. I must have been about 4 or 5, and I always listened to this song on our long car journeys with my mum. I knew all the lyrics.

What song makes you laugh?
Alanis Morissette – ‘Ironic’. It’s such a classic, and the lyrics are so true.

What song makes you cry?
Phosphorescent – ‘Song For Zula’. It’s really beautifully written. So sad, it moves you. You can tell Matthew is a real poet. The melody was made in heaven. The first time I heard it, I had to Shazam it instantly.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Maria McKee – ‘Show Me Heaven’. I remember being on a skiing trip in Austria with my dad when I had a crush on someone for the first time. I was sad when I had to leave and then the song was playing on the radio as my dad drove off. I never told anyone, I tried to keep my emotions to myself.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo_s0iEA41o[/youtube]

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I love Pink Floyd – ‘Comfortably Numb’. It’s pretty dark and a perfect song for when you’re feeling angry or frustrated.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Purple Rain’ by Prince. It’s genius and out of this world.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Can I pick two? David Bowie. I think he was a very special artist (visually and sonically) and wrote the most beautiful lyrics and melodies. And Bob Dylan, I recently read his book ‘Chronicles’ and fell in love all over again with his writing. I was already a fan of his music, but his book was something else.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
A photographer. I love how you can freeze a memory in just one click. Taking photographs is really therapeutic for me. Or maybe a perfumer. I’m very passionate about fragrances and one day I’d love to create my own.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘The Doors’ by The Doors. I’m the biggest Doors fan, I grew up listening to their music. Jim Morrison always inspired me, especially as he was quite shy and reserved like myself. His performances were magic, unpredictable and captivating.

Many thanks to NINA for her answers and Laura for her kind assistance!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #106: Oli Burslem of YAK

 
By on Friday, 11th March 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin next week, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. To round off the week in style, today’s set of answers are from Oli Burslem, frontman of London-based psych rockers YAK. The band’s debut album ‘Alas Salvation’is scheduled for release on the 13th of May on Octopus Electrical/Kobalt, so bets are the YAK lads are pretty excited to be going out to Austin and showing America what they’ve got.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
BURSLEM / JONES / RAWSON

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Playing some shows and having a party.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I haven’t looked who is playing, to be honest. I’m not much of a planner, and I know we are gonna be pretty busy, so I’m all open to a surprise along the way.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A wedding suit.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A pint of weak cheap lager or if I think you’re worth a bit, then a double bourbon. Maybe Old Rip Van Winkle Family Reverse, something expensive.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve played a couple of times before in the U.S. but never Austin. I have no expectations for SXSW. For us it’s just another gig. I have heard some mixed responses about SXSW from bands who have played there, but we’re just happy to be getting out there in front of people. I’ve never been to Texas and I can’t wait to see all the bits in between. I watched a doc about Townes Van Zandt in Austin the other day and it’s got me excited.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My first musical memory is at church singing monotone Anglo hymns. The first music I can clearly remember being obsessed with was anything Elvis….

What was your favourite song as a child?
Bill & Ben – ‘The Flower Pot Men’ (theme song).

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcF9JSxkUSE[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
Sleaford Mods’ ’14 Day Court’.

What song makes you cry?
Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Waiting Around to Die’.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Shakespeare.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Buying and selling antiques to the well-to-do of London. For exaggerated prices.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
If I ended up in Heaven, I would very surprised as I’m an atheist. So I would ask God to stream ‘God’ by John Lennon, which is on the ‘Plastic Ono Band’ album.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi3pjl29yPo[/youtube]

Thanks to Oli of YAK for taking the time to answer our questions!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #105: Oscar

 
By on Thursday, 10th March 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin next week, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today’s installment features the responses from quirky singer/songwriter Oscar, a favourite of Huw Stephens who will be appearing at the ginger teddy bear’s curated night Tuesday at Latitude 30, the home of the British Music Embassy for the week. Oscar’s debut album ‘Cut and Paste’ is scheduled for release on the 13th of May on Wichita Recordings. I rather enjoyed reading this…I think you will too.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Soulful. Melodic. Groovy.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Getting some sunshine and drinking frozen margaritas. Handing out my shiny new business cards.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
YES! Alex G, Blaenavon, Santigold, Whitney, Yak, Formation, Danny L Harle, Karriem Riggins, Vince Staples to name a few. Because some are friends and some I’ve heard great things about.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
The sheer amount of Disney merchandise that I own. Thank you, eBay. Manuka honey is also essential if you want honeyed vocals, obviously!

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Rum and Coke is my go-to. But if we’re abroad, then maybe an ice cold G&T, and if it’s on you, then maybe a fancy cocktail!

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve played to an American audience a few times now and have always really enjoyed the energy that they give. I’ve heard SXSW is pretty mental and can run you ragged. Hangover central. Not for me though, I’m gonna be professional (to an extent). [Famous last words…ha! – Ed.]

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Sitting on my mum’s lap whilst she played the piano.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Spice Girls – ‘Wannabe’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLIiF15wjQ[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
Shaggy – ‘It Wasn’t Me’.

What song makes you cry?
Lou Reed – ‘Perfect Day’.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Radio Dept – ‘Peace Of Mind’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM4-MhGWPWg[/youtube]

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Nirvana – ‘Territorial Pissings’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Lionel Bart – ‘Where is Love’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Douglas Coupland.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Chocolatier.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
The Velvet Underground – ‘Loaded’.

Cheers Oscar for taking the time to answer our questions!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #104: Avec Sans

 
By on Wednesday, 9th March 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin next week, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today, we’ve quizzed electronic duo Avec Sans to give us their answers, with singer Alice Fox answering the SXSW-specific questions first. Her partner in crime Jack St. James joins her for the rest. Our Rebecca introduced the London-based pair in this previous Bands to Watch back in January. Read on to find out what album the both of them remember hearing growing up, and what songs by previously featured on TGTF artists remind them of the first time they fell in love.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Dreamy happysad electropop.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
It’s been our dream to go to SXSW since we started playing in bands when we were in our early teens, so we’re going for the whole thing and just want to soak up as much as possible. We’re taking some friends along for the ride and we know it’s chaos, so we’re aiming to just be in it.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
We’ve never seen AlunaGeorge before so we’re keen to see them and Lapsley’s going and she’s a brilliant talent. I know we’re all keen to see what Bloc Party are like live these days and curious to see what Charli XCX and SOPHIE are up to. (I’ve attached a photo of SOPHIE taking the piss out of my hair.)

Avec Sans and SOPHIE

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
10 disposable cameras. We’re taking photos of the trip and leaving them undeveloped as part of our album pre-order. There could be anything on there.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Spiced rum and diet coke for me (Alice) and a cold beer for Jack, unless there’s a frozen margarita with a beer turned upside down in it, in that case, he’ll take one of those.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
We’ve been out to play CMJ and also played in LA, so far our shows in America have been such an incredible experience and they’ve taken us to places we’d never thought we’d get the chance to go to. We’re so excited to play in Austin and in a dream world we’d play to some full rooms of people who are up for a good night out. We know it’s crowded at SXSW, so we’re going to have a great time no matter what. Hope to see you there.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
We both remember Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ being played by our parents.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Alice: Jimmy Ruffin – ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’. This is telling.
Jack: Green Day – ‘Dookie’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vf3ZE7CLg0[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
Alice: Clarence Clarity‘s remix of Kate Boy’s ‘Midnight Sun’ made me laugh, he’s that brilliant and it’s that weird. I love it.
Jack: Hot Chip – ‘The Warning’. Geeks singing about taking people down.

What song makes you cry?
Alice: Bat for Lashes – ‘Sad Eyes’.
Jack: Death Cab for Cutie – ‘Transatlanticism’.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Alice: Bon Iver – ‘Skinny Love’.
Jack: Freelance Whales – ‘Generator First Floor’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Alice: Taylor Swift – ‘Shake it Off’. I hate to dwell, and it makes it hard to stay mad.
Jack: MØ – ‘Kamikaze’.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVD9j36Ke94[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Alice: The Beach Boys – ‘God Only Knows’.
Jack: ‘Happy Birthday’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Alice: Jon Ronson.
Jack: John Niven.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
We fantasise about a world where we would have to rack our brains thinking what we’d be doing outside of music. We both work in creative industries as well as making music, we’re lucky that our jobs positively feed into each other. We’d love to run a label too.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Alice: The Postal Service – ‘Give Up’, as it’s the most perfect and beautiful album ever made.
Jack: Green Day – ‘Dookie’. I’ve never got sick of it up until now, I can’t see myself getting sick of it.

Many thanks to the fantastic Avec Sans for answering our questions! You’ve got three chances to check them out at SXSW 2016: a DJ set on Wednesday, the 16th of March 16 at Speakeasy at 10 PM, followed by a live set around the corner at Lucky Lounge at 1 AM, then an appearance at the International Day Stage on Friday, the 18th of March at 2 PM.

 
 
 

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