Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

6. Arvo PärtTabula Rasa

I was introduced to this by a filmmaker who worked with Derek called Richard Heslop. I went round to his house when it came out and he played it to me, I was gobsmacked. I think I’m quite shallow, when I hear things I’ll immediately like it, I knew that it was super special and I’d never heard anything like it in my life. In the mid-80s after Caravaggio I spent some time in Berlin with two girls called Meg and Schneider, they are performance artists, filmmakers, hat makers, German art terrorists, and we used to play it endlessly. It was a penniless time in Berlin, listening to Arvo with these crazy girls who I wasn’t involved with at all but were really intriguing because they disturbed things like film premieres, they’d turn up at film premieres naked and throw paint at everyone. Tabula Rasa suits Berlin and having no money.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Jarboe, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Agnes Obel, Mick Harvey
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