(Beach Break Live 2012 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #31: Matthew Taylor of Dry the River

By on Thursday, 7th June 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Dry the River‘s singer and guitarist Matthew Taylor was kind enough to answer our Quickfire Questions ahead of their appearance in Wales at students’ festival Beach Break Live this summer. You’d never guess what late singer he was obsessed with. (At least we never would have thought it for a moment!) And what album he’d bring to have a party with in heaven. Read on…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
My Mum had ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous by Michael Jackson’ on vinyl and I used to rotate them – just play them back to back constantly, and try and do the dance routines in our living room. I still do that sometimes.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Either ‘Dirty Diana’ or ‘Smooth Criminal’. I was obsessed, I made my mum make me his costumes.

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘The Clap’ by Yes. Ridiculous. So long.

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4. What song makes you cry?
‘Philadelphia’ or ‘Words (Between The Lines Of Age)’ by Neil Young.

5. 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.)
‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ by Steppenwolf. I remember cruising around in my cousin’s car when he passed his test, talking endlessly about girls with these tunes blaring out of the sub we bought from Halfords.

6. 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 can’t really think of any music that makes me feel angry about anything in particular – maybe just anger towards the music if it’s bad! I find if I need to calm down I’ll put on ‘Agaetis Byrjun’ by Sigur Ros – that will do the trick. It blisses you out.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Climax’ by Usher, or ‘Heartbreaker’ by Led Zeppelin – I wish I’d written that riff.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
This changes all the time! At the moment I am obsessed with the songs of Townes Van Zandt. I listen to him every single night. His writing is so pure and his voice has so much conviction, it blows my mind. He had some big problems, and you can hear how bad they are in the songs…it gets pretty dark, but it’s amazing music.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I shudder to think! I didn’t know what to do other than music when I was growing up. I even studied it at uni… Pete would be in medicine, Sill would maybe be a theologian, but I think me, Scott and Jon would be recording dodgy math-rock jams on an 8-track somewhere…

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I’d say ‘OK Computer’ or ‘Harvest’, but everyone else will bring copies of them…so perhaps I’d bring ‘Loud’ by Rihanna in case we want to have a disco at any point.

After a busy festival season, Dry the River will head out on a UK tour in October and November – all the details are here.

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