What would we become without music?
My own life owes a lot to my music discoveries, mainly in popular music, from the Motown artists to Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey and Massive Attack, alongside Chopin and Debussy.
These days, I'm going backwards from the 90s to the 80s and 60s, which inspired them.
An example 'Tattoo', writen by Siouxsie and the Banshees and majestically sampled by Tricky on 1996 on his second album
'Tattoo' is a song written by Siouxsie and the Banshees that was first released as the B-side of the 'Dear Prudence' single in 1983.
In 2004, it was included on the Downside Up compilation. 'Tattoo' was composed and performed as a three-piece by singer Siouxsie Sioux, bassist Steven Severin and drummer Budgie.
During this era, the band experimented other ways of recording and orchestration when they were in the studio to record extra-tracks for their singles.
For "Tattoo", producer Mike Hedges made them use the mixing desk as an instrument.
With his assistance, they recorded a track with whispered voices, droning basslines and slow drum beats. The result was spooky and atmospheric.
'Tattoo' is considered to be a proto trip hop track which helped Tricky when he shaped his style.
'Tattoo' would be later covered by Tricky in 1996 as the opening number of his second album, Nearly God.