was an aspiring indie-tronician for ten years – first under the moniker Manitoba – before he released «Swim» in spring 2010. Herewith Canadian-raised/London-based mathematician Dan Snaith defined how pop music should sound today. Besides Four Tet, Matthew Dear and Matthew Herbert Snaith is one of the most important contemporary artists/producers.
Is it allowed to name a song by a former member of the Beatles? If so, then it’s «Ram On» by Paul McCartney.
Sun Ra Arkestra
Lightning Bolt; and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Both of them in London.
I never drink. And I don’t do drugs either.
Renato Carosone - Tu Vuo’ Fa Americano (Bull DJ Remix). One of my touring band members is listening to it now all the time and it’s driving us all completely crazy.
That’s a good question. Because I tend to look for records a very long time. One example: Sidney Owens & North, South Connection - Sputnik, a 7" on Moving Up Records.
My wife’s favorite song is «Ginger» by the Lilys. So I chose this one.
I can’t really recall the name of the record. It was some British folk music my parents were into. They were really folk fanatics when we lived in the UK before moving to Canada. I remember the name of the drummer on that record though: Dave Mattacks. I must have been into drums already at the early age of four.
Crazy Frog - Axel F. Even better would be an actual appearance by Crazy Frog himself at my funeral.
Well, every summer is better than the last one, isn’t it? But I’ll chose «Fly Like An Eagle» by Steve Miller Band. I listened to lots of Steve Miller one summer driving down the Pacific Coast with my girlfriend then.
I never really had a specific song connected to a break up. But a true heartbreak song in my ears is «Les Fleurs» by Minnie Riperton. Eventhough I don’t have a clue what she’s singing about.
When I moved to London in 1999 2Step was really big and I loved it. Zed Bias’ «Neighbourhood» was a huge hit back then.
That changes all the time. But if I’m DJing and it’s really peak time I drop «Muranyi» by Pryda.
I bought a lot of box sets by prog rock bands when I was young. For instance one by Canadian prog rockers Rush.
Europe - The Final Countdown. That’s the song they play when I enter a room!
The soundtrack to Werner Herzog’s «The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner». It’s only a 45min documentary about a sky jumper but it’s absolutely brilliant, and the soundtrack is by Popol Vuh. I adore Werner Herzog. And if I’d ever do a soundtrack, then only for a Werner Herzog movie!
I’m either working on my own music or I’m not listening to any music at all. Maybe I put on a documentary on BBC World about a war torn country somewhere or something like that. I can’t listen to music first thing in the morning.
The Russian Futurists - Your Big Brown Eyes And My Broken Heart. I used to share a house with Matthew Hart of TRF.
Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
John Coltrane - India; or Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity. This is probably the best music ever written. I mean, I would never be able to play something like that, but free jazz has always been my biggest influence.