“THE RECORD THAT MADE ME WANT TO MAKE MUSIC
Bow Down to the Exit Sign, David Holmes (2000)
I was working as an engineer on this album. David Holmes was much more confident than I was. He didn’t seem to wonder if he should be doing things, he just did them, and I was in conflict with him a lot. The first comment he made was, “I want to make a record that’s like Can” – and my reaction was, let me explain to you why you can’t. I spent so much time being like that. And then I was just like, why don’t I make some fucking music and stop complaining? And that changed my life.
THE FIRST RECORD I REALLY DANCED TO
Tomorrow Never Knows, The Beatles (1966)
I never used to dance. I would listen to Kraftwerk and R&B and a lot of other synthy stuff as rock music, not dance music. Then, quite late on, I got into going out dancing and doing a bunch of drugs and that changed my perspective on music. The first song I ever really danced to was a Beatles song, Tomorrow Never Knows, when David Holmes played it during one of his DJ sets. It made me ask: What do I want out of music? What do I hear in music? It changed everything.”