Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

10. Michael JacksonThriller

Thriller is the album that I’ve listened to probably the most. I’ve always been obsessed with it. When you’re mixing records, often you’ll put a reference track on just so you can compare, and Thriller I think is just the greatest sounding record of all time. So I’m always playing it in the studio, if I want to reference, like how the drums are relating to a synth bass line I’ll stick on ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’ and it just sparks inspiration. I’m always discovering something new within it as well, which I think is amazing. I also really liked the whole story of Rod Temperton, who was a guy from Lincolnshire who worked on the album. He wrote all the hits on Thriller, but he’s just a bloke from Lincoln, you know?

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