Who are you listening to at the moment?
Lately I’ve been listening to this American punk rock band called Desaparecidos. They sound really intense, really raw, and have great songs dealing with various social and political topics. It’s something you don’t hear too often these days, so I really like their two records.
Courtney Barnett is a brilliant indie writer and performer. Her songs can be lazy, energetic, deep, or really mellow. I’m sure she’s Kurt Cobain’s secret cousin or something.
Last I can think of is the album Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age. Although some tunes on there are complex, their production is straight to the point and can be brutally simple. Surprising at first. Plus a hero of mine, Dave Grohl, plays drums on it, so that’s a double win.
I always like to remind myself that these are people who wrote, played, and recorded these songs. So when the music shows it a little more than usual, like these three, I usually enjoy it.
What do you love about London?
The fact that you can find about anything when it comes to music. In such a big city you’re bound to find that particular scene you’re into or to be exposed to this new and exciting artist/band you hadn’t heard of. There’s always something to do and people to work with.
Why Music Production?
When you produce songs, you isolate yourself into a ‘cave’ to then come out with music you can’t wait to show people. There’s an entire world of recording and inviting different musicians to step into it is always a unique and exciting experience.
Music production touches everything that goes into a record: songwriting, arrangement, lyrics, playing styles, and so on. You also step into a musician’s world when you bring input on these aspects. I find this two-way relationship kind of amazing.