What do you listen to while you work? Actually, I love listening to someone talk while working! That means I listen to a lot of radio and podcasts and collect all sorts of weird and wonderful information on music, political issues, and comedy. However, I also like listening to music, which is usually within the jazz, soul, or easy-listening rock/pop genre. There's nothing like putting on an Ella Fitzgerald album while sitting down with the first cup of coffee of the day. I also happen to be lucky enough to have a boyfriend who's a jazz pianist, who happens to practice just next door to me. That means I'm not always allowed to listen to music (headphones distract me), so I sit and listen to him practice the same tune over and over again.
How do you listen? I'm not very proud to say that I'm not that high-tech. That means I play music off my computer... or if I feel a bit more motivated, I put on a vinyl on my old vinyl decks. There's something special and real about the scratchy sound of and old Joni Mitchell vinyl.
Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? I listen a lot to Danish national broadcast's new station P6 Beat. I love BBC's selection of comedy shows, Monocle's weekly podcast, and the funky soul mixes at royalgroove.org.
Does music influence your work? Hmmm. Besides suddenly realizing that I've been sitting and singing along out loud all through some old album--not really! The music I listen to while working has fallen completely to the background and I listen without really noticing. If the music is too attention-seeking, I simply can't concentrate.
Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? As my boyfriend is a jazz musician, I have a kind of living jazz encyclopedia walking around my home. He's amazing at recommending new (old) stuff. Recently, he's made me fall back in love with James Taylor and discover the amazing Ethiopian vibraphone player Mulatu Astatke.
What song or artist best represents the work you create? Eek--that's a hard one! Maybe Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's sublime collaboration Painted From Memory. The album is a weird and unusual yet exciting and beautiful mixture of two completely different key figures within the history of music. I like experimenting and combining well-known techniques and styles in atypical ways in order to create something new and exciting.
- Yèkèrmo Sèw, Mulatu Astatke
- California, Joni Mitchell
- In The Darkest Place, Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
- Ta Douleur, Camille
- You Don’t Know What Love Is, John Coltrane
- Autumn Leaves, Cannonball Adderly & Miles Davis
- How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore, Prince
- Mean Old Man, James Taylor
- 'Round Midnight, Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea
- Bon Voyage, Mathieu Boogaerts
- Use Me, Bill Withers
- Black Coffee, Ella Fitzgerald
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