1. The First Record I Bought:
The first record that I ever bought was a cassette version of the Dead Kennedys’ album, Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death. My mum let my sister and me each buy one album, and that’s what I picked out. Unfortunately, when we got back to the car outside the store, my mum made me return it. She didn’t approve of the artwork. Funny enough, the tape that I bought instead was Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses, which was way worse, in terms of the lyrical content.
2. The Last Record I Bought:
I was in LA, rolling around town with a buddy recently, and had the urge to listen to ATLiens by Outkast. I’ve probably purchased this album a few times already, but it’s worth buying as many times as I need to. Classic.
3. The First Thing I Recorded:
The first thing I recorded was myself singing and playing guitar, using an ancient cassette recorder. It was a toy, really. I can’t believe that I remember that. I was probably eight or nine years old, singing about something totally inappropriate.
4. The Last Thing I Recorded:
The last studio session had me working on a remix for the band Korn. I worked on it in an LA studio with my collaborative partner, UFO! Nobody has really heard it yet, but I think it’s going to go over well once we release it. We took a really different approach to making trap music with this one, infusing a load of drum’n’bass influence.
5. The Record That Changed My Life:
This is an impossible question for me to answer. So many artists have shaped the way that I perceive the world. From Minor Threat to Radiohead, or from N.W.A to Aphex Twin. If I were to choose one memorable moment, well… I remember listening to Thom Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, and it just hit me in a way that nothing had in quite some time. The song ‘Black Swan’ flipped a switch in my mind. I was going through a lot at the time. I wasn’t happy with my life at all, and I really wanted a change. I got home from an out of town trip and just didn’t want to be there. The lyrics, “Do yourself a favour and pack your bags / Buy a ticket and get on the train” came on and I got goose bumps. It was as if he was singing directly to me. Sounds corny, but it happened…