The Singer Not The Song comes to you from Spain, although you may find him in Germany from time to time as well. His music / look evokes memories of how rock n' roll used to be. And I don't mean rock n' roll as I think its become known today. I mean rock n' roll in its undefined form. Or, at least, I know that I've been a fan from the first listen and always look forward to hear what he's been working on.
To accompany your reading, here is a track off his EP 'Winter Demos'. So press play and read on.
Desert Island Top 5 albums (i.e. you can only have 5 albums to listen to and yes, there is a cd player and unlimited batteries on the island).
- The Velvet Underground & Nico by TVU
- Songs of Love and Hate by Leonard Cohen
- White Album by The Beatles
- A Nina Simone CD with all her songs
- A double CD wit 'The Brandenburg Concerts' by Ludwig Van Beethoven & 'Für Alina' by Arvo Pärt
Your biggest musical inspirations (or things that inspire your writing).
Everything that happens in a fraction of a second looking into the eyes of another human being (or even oneself). Dreams (good and bad). Looking at trees dance and flowers brittle. Dawn. Dusk. Quantum mechanics.
What do you play and record with?
I own a '72 Ibanez 12-string acoustic guitar, a custom Martin acoustic, and an old and small spanish guitar I just managed to restore last summer, a banjo, a little glockenspiel and an accordion that usually lay around the place... and a Danelectro DE 59 is joining the pack soon. To record I currently use a Rode NT1A mic through a Presonus Bluetube preamp and a Fast Track Pro M-Audio sound card, all of it plugges into a dysfunctional PC (Mac will soon follow).
Top 5 favourite books
- 'Ferdydurke' by Witold Gombrowicz
- 'The Magic Mountain' by Thomas Mann
- 'O poema continuo' by Helberto Helder
- 'The birth of tragedy' by Friedrich Nietzsche
- 'Poet in New York' by Federico García Lorca
Top 5 favourite movies
- 'Persona' by Ingmar Bergman
- 'Buffalo '66' by Vincent Gallo
- 'The Exterminating Angel' by Luis Buñuel
- 'There will be blood' by Paul Thomas Anderson
- 'Don't Look Back' by D. A. Pennebaker
What is one song (or name a few) that you never seem to get tired of, no matter how many times you listen to it?
National anthems and supermarket jingles. Also some religious chants performed only on certain nights at certain places in a certain tone and swing.
Top 5 artists / albums that you think more people should know about.
- Hurray for the Riff Raff (from NOLA, USA)
- Redink (from Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Persons (from Madrid, Spain)
- B Fachada (from Portugal)
- Milenasong (from Berlin-Norway)
You can only have one thing for the rest of your life, which do you chose: cigarettes, coffee, wine, beer or ketchup?
Hmmm, i guess instead of cigarettes I'll go for a bag of green flowers....