Not really my thing – not a big fan of auto-tuned vocals. Most of my favourite singers are famous for mumbling, like Thom Yorke (Thom Yorke), Eddie Veddier (Pearl Jam), or Michael Stipe (REM). I like vocals that are delivered with some sincerity, like it was recorded in one take – take it or leave it. A lot of early Pixies songs were in fact recorded live. It feels more ‘real’ to me. I do like hip-hop, though. Big fan of Beastie Boys, Saul Williams, Gorillaz, and Beck has more than a few hip-hop sort of albums. My favourite rapper is Zach de la Rocha, from Rage Against the Machine.
The history of hip-hop and rap is really interesting. Can be traced back to street parties in black communities in New York City. It was all about making the most of what they had, which was spinning other people’s songs on vinyl – very old school! – and rapping over the top of them. No instruments. They could not afford any. I love the concept of just getting on with it, making the most of what you have. Some major life lessons there – be grateful for what you have. Having restrictions is a great kickstarter for creativity.