Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

13. Miles DavisLive-Evil

This was really important to me as a teenager. I was 15 and my friend put these headphones on me – I think I’ve talked about this in other interviews. It’s embarrassing because I always say the same thing. But anyway he put these headphones on me and he had Live-Evil on his Walkman, and it just blew my mind. It was this culmination of wild instruments. It was just the funkiness, the wildness – it was all so beautiful. There was crazy trumpet on top of funky bass. I had never heard Miles Davis before so it was a crazy thing to hear for the first time. It really inspired my sense of exploration. I was listening to avant-garde classical music – which I never listen to anymore – and I was really interested in dissonance and wildness. So this seemed to be about letting yourself go and not worrying about, or being restricted by, style.


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