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(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #88: Amanda Bergman of Amason

 
By on Wednesday, 4th March 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

Number 9, number 9, number 9… (You heard that sounding like on the Beatles’ ‘White Album’, yeah?) Number 9 on our SXSW 2015-flavoured Quickfire Questions hit parade is Swedish supergroup Amason‘s frontwoman Amanda Bergman, who is a solo musician in her own right. Amanda gives her take on what SXSW must look like to aliens, while also telling us if it hadn’t been for music, why you might be bringing your moose round to see her. Your interest is sufficiently piqued now, isn’t it? Read on…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Simply to play as many shows as possible, humbly hoping that most of them will be good ones!

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?
To be fully honest I haven’t really looked in to this matter yet… Also, I like being spontaneous with concerts. I do not necessarily like to listen to my favorite music live as much as I can enjoy any type of show simply as a part of a good day. So I’ll just go to as many shows as I stumble upon, I suppose!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I always bring dried raspberry leaves which might seem odd when I think about it. But it’s very useful on tour. Other than that – nothing unusual. Normally it’s just a tangle of bad decision making, my bags.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
That would be whiskey, always.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard a lot about the festival! I’m sure it will be super fun and I’m excited to go there, for sure. I’m guessing it’ll be somewhat chaotic but I suppose that’s just natural when you throw that many people in to one city for that much beer and music. It’d probably look stupid to aliens.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Probably ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers…

What song makes you laugh?
‘Time To Bum Again’ by Waylon Jennings.

What song makes you cry?
The later version of ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell.

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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.)
‘Spirit On The Water’ by Bob Dylan.

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’m realizing I don’t have a song for that.

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

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I like Richard Bach for books and Bob Dylan for lyrics.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be a veterinarian of some sort. I’d be specialized in horses and cows and moose.

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.)
‘Apollo’ – Brian Eno, no doubt.

Thanks very much to Amanda for answering our questions and also to Carina, who helped sort this out for us.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #87: Leon Stanford of The People the Poet

 
By on Monday, 2nd March 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: I posted Leon’s surname as Spansword in the initial posting of this article, using the name on his Twitter account for direction. Whoops. Be forewarned, rock stars: if you want people to know who you are, use your real name!

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re at the eighth installment ahead of the big event happening in just 2 weeks, and today we’re chatting with Leon Stanford, lead singer of South Wales band The People The Poet this morning who on physical appearance alone looks to give Huw Stephens a run for his money in the cuddliness stakes. What anthemic song in the last 10 years does Leon wish he’d written? Have a read for that, why we probably shouldn’t ply him (too much anyway) with drinks in Texas and much more below.

Keen on learning more about The People the Poet ahead of their appearance at Latitude 30 at the Music Wales showcase Tuesday night in Austin? Read my band profile on them that posted here on TGTF last week through this link.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Being a band who are not really about looks, we mainly get excited about the same thing wherever we go and that’s getting fat and enjoying the local food and drink.

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’d have to say Catfish and the Bottlemen who we’re lucky to be playing the same showcase as! They’re an exciting young Welsh band who are quickly becoming future headliners for all the big festivals.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Like every other diabetic rockstar I shall be carrying some insulin pens (the hard drugs) to keep me alive throughout the week of drinking, food and music.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I do like a milkshake being a bit of a shit diabetic so a white Russian or Baileys will do fine.

Also a surprise is always nice, as long as your idea of a surprise drink is not spiking it.

And now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably something like singing Joe Cocker’s version of ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ in primary school assembly. Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’, The Beatles – ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Praise Hosanna’ were my school’s idea of a good selection of morning hymns.

What was your favourite song as a child?
I always liked a bit of Tom Jones – ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’. Those 8-year old birthday parties would go mental when a bit of Tom came on, clothes would be flying everywhere but not a single party hat in sight.

What song makes you laugh? / What song makes you cry?
‘Short People’ by Randy Newman. He has a way of making you laugh and then the next minute he writes a song like ‘Losing You’ and that’s all you do is cry.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
I wish I’d written ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay ever since watching him (Chris Martin) throw a light around the stage to it whilst headlining Glastonbury. It’s such a beautifully written song.

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Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Adam Duritz from Counting Crows is probably my all time favourite writer. His melodies and lyrics are incredible. [Read Carrie’s interview with Duritz from last year here. – Ed.]

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
It seems quite easy to get a job as a manger for Cardiff City Football Club, so I would love the opportunity to show up Russel Slade (current manager) with my managing skills that I learnt from Club Manager 2007 (PC game). I had them promoted 2 years in a row to get them to the Premier League.

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.)
AC/DC – ‘Highway to Hell’.

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Many thanks Leon for answering our questions and thank you also to Tyla for facilitating.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #86: Orla Gartland

 
By on Friday, 27th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re now at lucky number 7 of these ahead of the big dance next month, and this morning our interviewee is the lovely Irish singer/songwriter Orla Gartland, whose self-described “wacky guitar pop” will be on show on her first American headline tour scheduled around her Austin appearances. She just released her EP ‘Lonely People’ in January and sold out nearly all of her UK tour in February, so I imagine she’s raring to go with playing live in the States. Read on to find out what about SXSW she’s most excited about, which fellow Dublin act has a song that makes her cry every time (hint: they’re friends of TGTF) and much more.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’ve heard gooood things about the food, so probably stuffing my face, playing my own set with my band and then going to see tons and tons of other shows!

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?
Absolutely! Laura Marling has always been a QUEEN for me, she’s one of the first people who inspired me to pick up a guitar so I’m buzzing to see her play. I’ll also be going to see SOAK, Marina and the Diamonds, The People the Poet, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Shura and Jack Garratt!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Sun lotion, LOL. Seriously though, my skin’s so pale it’s borderline transparent – I’m gonna need to BATHE in that stuff and hit some some seriously shaded spots whilst there. I’ll also be bringing along my tiny Casio keyboard which is a must-have for long journeys jam sessions.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
YAY! I’ll take you up on that (even though I keep forgetting I’m not old enough to drink over in the US yet, LOL). I’m a cider girl at heart but I’m partial to a good G & T, too. I’m also a fan of horrendously fruity flowery sugary cocktails.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve heard there’s an absolute EXPLOSION of music in Austin throughout the festival, which apparently makes the whole place come alive; it sounds like a total dream. I’m excited because my lovely band are flying over to play with me, and it’s out first ever show in the States together which is awesome. And scared? Naw. I think I’m too excited to be scared!

And now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters was always on in our house. I still love it, what a tune!

What was your favourite song as a child?
Apparently as a young’un I would always scream in the car for someone to put on a Fleetwood Mac song, which is pretty funny because years later I rediscovered Fleetwood and completely fell in love with them again. I was (and still am) a huge fan of their song ‘The Chain’.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Tribute’ by Tenacious D, of course.

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What song makes you cry?
‘All I Want’ by Kodaline. “If you loved me, why’d ya leave me” – AH. MY HEART.

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.)
‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds. He sings the song just completely and utterly in awe of the person he’s in love with, it’s awesome.

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.)
It’s pretty comical but anytime I’m in any kind of confrontational situation ‘Final Countdown’ plays on loop in my head – it makes it pretty hard to keep a straight face.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Chandelier’ by Sia is amazing, so maybe that – it has one of my favourite pop choruses ever!

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
It’s forever changing but my favourite songwriter at the moment is Regina Spektor. Her approach to lyrics is so charming – they’re the perfect blend of literal and metaphorical!

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d love to be a graphic designer, it’s still what I’d study at uni if I ever go! I’m forever doodling and geeking out over fonts and layouts, so I’d love to be designing posters and logos.

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.)
THIS IS SO HARD, GAH. I’ll have to go with ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell. I’d happily drown in her voice whilst I drift around on clouds or whatever goes on up there.

Cheers Orla for answering our questions and thank you also to Zoe for making this happen.

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #85: Logan Kroeber of The Dodos

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event.

We’re at installment number six, and this time we’re quizzing drummer Logan Kroeber of San Francisco alt rockers the Dodos, who released their sixth album ‘Individ’ in January. Carrie also caught them live in Tucson last week. The duo are relative veterans to the indie scene, so it makes sense that Kroeber has sound advice for those coming to Austin for the first time, and he also appears to have a thing about Swiss musician and producer DJ Bobo

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I just found out there are some old friends living there, so catching up with them and eating some good food. If it’s hot going swimming too!

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?
There’s too many to choose from. I just hope I get to see some good rap and I’ll probably spend some time at the Thrasher Death Match.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ve got nothing weird in my bag except more clothes than most, because doing laundry on tour can be a nightmare and I wanna keep it to a minimum.

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 cold beer or a Hennessy on the rocks if you’re feeling really generous.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be nice to the locals and be prepared to suffer. Drink water.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’ played on a plastic recorder. The California Raisins.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘We Close Our Eyes’ by Oingo Boingo.

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What song makes you laugh?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

What song makes you cry?
DJ Bobo, ‘Vampires Are Alive’.

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.)
Rose Royce, ‘I Wanna Get Next To You’.

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.)
DJ Bobo, ‘Circus’. [I’ve never heard of this DJ Bobo character, and now I’m curious… -Ed.]

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘I Believe I Can Fly’ by R. Kelly.

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

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

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.)
Slayer, ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, because I bet he’s curious how the other half lives.

Thank you Logan for your answers and Brendan for sorting this out for us!

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #84: Jessi Williams of The Lonely Wild

 
By on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

Not long now before SXSW 2015! But just as we did for SXSW 2014 last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. Our fifth interviewee is Jessi Williams of Silverlake, Los Angeles band The Lonely Wild, who I introduced you all to in this Bands to Watch feature in January. The poor girl is above board about her motion sickness and has some excellent tips for bands making their virgin voyage to SXSW this year. Have a read…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
PLAYING!!! We have been so busy in the studio and gearing up to release the album, it feels like we haven’t played in forever!! I’m about to explode (ya’ll may want to stay a few steps back from the stage). [Duly noted. We’ll bring ponchos… – Ed.]

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 hope to get to see some shows, but I haven’t even begun to figure out which ones. We’ve hit the party at Willie Nelson’s ranch the last two years and always have an amazing time there. I’m also planning on swinging by the Laguintas party. They’ve been awesome supporters and we LOVE their beer.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
It’s SUPER rock’n’roll…. I get terrible motion sickness. I travel with every kind of ginger candy/food, motion sickness pill, sea bands and any remedy that I can find. (Suggestions welcome). I am really grateful that we don’t travel by boat. [I always keep mints in my purse. Oh, and carry my mp3 player everywhere so I can queue up a favourite song if needed – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’m a whiskey gal. I’d love a Buffalo Trace or a Belle Meade. Thank you 🙂

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Be realistic and manage your expectations. The first year can be loads of fun. Just be sure to give yourself enough time between shows to get where you need to go. Realize it’s going to be hard to park and most roads will be closed, so booking 5 shows in a day is probably a bad idea. Also, there are A LOT of shows going on… don’t be super disappointed if you have some that aren’t well attended. Give it everything you’ve got every time though. You never know who is watching. We’ve made lots of great contacts at SXSW.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘My Boy’ by Neil Young. ‘Old Ways’ was released when I was 3. My parents must have just played it over and over. I remember riding in my dad’s GTO on the backroads of southern Indiana listening to this song.

What was your favourite song as a child?
When I was 6-7, I was completely obsessed with ‘Touch of Grey’ by the Grateful Dead. I loved watching the video (on MTV- imagine that!!) I just thought it was so clever when they turned into skeletons and the dog stole his leg. My mom bought me the cassette tape, which I still have actually.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Wooden Ships’ by Crosby, Stills and Nash. The lyrics: “‘Say, can I have some of your purple berries?’ ‘Yes, I’ve been eating them for 6 or 7 weeks now, haven’t got sick once. Probably keep us both alive’”: WTH? Haha. AND Bob Dylan, ‘Bear Mountain Picnic’…. “cops a-comin’, me a-runnin”.

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What song makes you cry?
‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, Every- Damn- Time. I used it to work up the tears I had to shed in our “Holiday” video released this past December. “What A Wonderful World” and “Imagine” are on that list too.

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.)
The Beatles, ‘I Saw her Standing There’. I was just 17 (get it?) and he was a college boy. We’d go stargazing in the corn field (that’s all I swear!) . We’d crank the Beatles, Beach Boys, Doors, Zombies…lots of British Invasion and Laurel Canyon folk stuff. That song in particular brings me back. It also sort of captures the whimsy and simplicity of being in love in high school.

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.)
Pearl Jam, ‘Spin the Black Circle’. ‘Vitalogy’ in general is just a GREAT album when you’re kind of ticked off and just want to let some aggression out.

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Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Chasing White Light’ by The Lonely Wild. haha, but seriously, I think, lyrically, this is the best that Andrew (Carroll) has written to date and I’m so super jealous. Musically, too, it makes me feel all of the feelings.

If that sounds too self-promote-y, which I assure you is not my intention, I’d go with something by Neil Young, who is BY FAR my favorite songwriter. Maybe ‘Expecting to Fly’ or ‘Thrasher’ or ‘Powderfinger’ or ‘Mr. Soul’. I can’t possibly pick!!

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
That’s so tough!!! I read most of his stuff years and years ago, but I will always adore Kurt Vonnegut.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would have to be professionally sad. I kid.

I’d need to feel creative in some way and not stuck behind a desk. Woodworking or gardening maybe… So a landscaper?

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.)
What the hell kind of Heaven is that?! That God is a dick.

‘Dark Side of the Moon’. I’ve listened to a 1000 times or more since I was born and I’m still not sick of it, so I guess I could listen to it for, er, eternity.

Many thanks Jessi for answering these questions for us here at TGTF!

 

(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #83: beGun

 
By on Monday, 23rd February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2015 just as we did last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re rockin’ and rollin’ now with our fourth installment for this year, this time with Barcelona’s beGun, who will be bringing some unusual things to Austin in his suitcase…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
The first thing I usually do when I arrive to a new city is just walk and get lost, impregnate myself with the streets, the locals, the genuine non-touristic places, etc. As you said [in my Bands to Watch feature], my ‘business’ is transporting people somewhere else with my music or at least this is what I aim to do… so, the first and most important step is getting literally transported myself before I try to transport someone else. Let’s say that I’m not that guy that stays in the hotel until the gig begins.

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?
There are actually dozens of bands that I’d love to see, but I’ll focus on the electronic ones. Just to name a few: Lapalux, Brenmar, Ryan hemsworth, Shura, Deebs, Eprom, Tropics, Fort Romeau, Ikonika, Fjaak, Dream Koala, Kode9, Odesza or Rangleklods, among many others. Honestly, the lineup this year is completely outstanding.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Although I’d never admit that I’m superstitious, in fact I am a little bit and that’s why I usually keep totally unnecessary stuff into my suitcase, maybe because I unconsciously feel that those stupid things brought me luck in the past. So, you will find stuff like a non-updated map of Paris (from 1998), a broken Vishnu key reel from India, a green Kit-Kat from Tokyo (I feel I’m not ready to open it after 2 years) plus a pair of chopsticks from a random ramen place and a shabby useless Mexican fridge magnet. Yes, all this shit comes with me without a reasonable explanation. [This is awesome. – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’m pretty addicted to coffee; this would be a nice pick if we happen to meet in the morning. Otherwise, I’d choose a nice local beer, preferably abbey-type. Love them. At night, my choice is quite simple: iced dark aged rum.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’m excited, but not really anxious or scared. I’ve been listening for many years about this huge event and I feel this is an incredible opportunity for me to show my music through my live set. I have been always a musician, since I was 5 years old, but I’ve not been able to work full time on this until 2 years ago, when I decided to quit everything, I left my old job and focussed only on making music. So, when you get to a place where absolutely everyone shares the same passion and enthusiasm as you do, there’s only space for learning as much as you can and getting soaked by their music and their experience.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I’d say ‘Stop Whispering’ from Radiohead on 1993. [Think he’s gonna get on with a lot of our UK friends, I reckon – Ed.]

What was your favourite song as a child?
I used to be a big fan of Weezer when I was a child. I may have listened ‘The Blue Album’ like 2 million times. My favourite song, the last one on this album,‘Only in Dreams’.

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What song makes you laugh?
Not easy. There are no songs that literally make me laugh, but I’d choose one that always makes me feel good when I listen to it: ‘Go Do’ by Jonsi.

What song makes you cry?
‘Jamelia’ by Caribou. Same as before, I do not literally cry but I definitely feel something not happy.

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.)
‘Faking the Books’ by Lali Puna. Big fan.

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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 feel angry with me when I listen to the whole ‘Immunity’ LP from Jon Hopkins, because I would have loved to do this album myself.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
As I said before, I’d choose any song of ‘Immunity’. All of them are masterpieces.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Thom Yorke, definitely.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I cannot imagine a life without music, I’d say something related to it… a violin teacher maybe?

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.)
A few years ago, I’d have chosen ‘Ok Computer’ but since I’ve listened to it too many times, I will pick something relatively newer that I also love: ‘Lucky Shiner’ by Gold Panda.

 
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