First album you bought?
LL Cool J - “Bigger and Deffer”
Last album you bought?
Was there any one record that made a significant impression on you?
The only “album” I still own is “A Blaze in the Northern Sky” by Darkthrone, a cassette version that I bought when I was 16. I chucked or sold all physical copies of my records years ago, but kept that tape for the one or two minutes a year I am nostalgic for my youth.
Who is your musical hero?
The “STOP” button (and finger that presses it) on any device that plays/emits music or Ennio Morricone...depending on the day.
How important is music to your creative process?
100% unimportant. These days, when I do work, I would rather hear general room noise (air conditioning, idiots yelling in my building, street chatter bleeding through the windows) then have to listen to some poor dummie fumble their way towards a song’s end. However, when I did listen to music when making this Steak junk, I mainly listened to Top 40, which was excellent because it is so finite in it’s ease to ignore and holds an unwavering dependability in it’s base sounds and structures. Pop music is the pet that never died, the spouse that never left, the parent that never punished you, the friend that never changed, the dirt that won’t bury you. It’s wonderful stuff.
The Steak Mtn. Playlist
1. Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme) - Riz Ortolani
2. Maybe (Steak “Remix” - 2014) - The Shangri-La’s
3. Barber / Adagio for Strings (1971) - Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
4. Barber / Adagio for Strings (1982) - Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
5. When I Hear Music - Debbie Deb
(ad nauseum) You Suffer - Napalm Death
186. Radio promo for Lucio Fulci’s “House by the Cemetery” narrated by Brother Theodore
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