“I grew up on pop music with synthesisers… it was just the sound of the era.” A Sagittariun talks us through his formative musical moments.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
The first records that were bought for me would have been ABBA’s Greatest Hits Vol 2 which included such favourites as ‘Eagle’ and ‘Name Of The Game’ (I always preferred ABBA’s more melancholic moments), and another pivotal album for me was Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam & The Ants.
The first time you remember hearing electronic music?
The first electronic music that I heard would have been Kraftwerk’s ’The Model’ and the all the big synth-pop acts of the early 1980s, such as Soft Cell, Human League, etc, but I didn’t really make much of a connection to ‘electronic music’ as this was, to my ears, pop music of the day. Having grown up on pop music with synthesisers, it wasn’t a case of, “Oh, this is electronic, it’s different to guitar-based pop music,” it was just the sound of the era.
The guaranteed floor-filler?
Well there are certain staples now in the techno arsenal that will always do the business, tracks like ‘Loop’ by LFO vs F.U.S.E. or ‘Quetzal’ by Los Hermanos, but perhaps the lesser-known record that always unites the dancefloor for me is ‘Mystical Rhythm’ by Vince Watson. It’s just the warmest sounding record that really lifts and unites.
The guilty pleasure?
The last track of the night?
The best chillout record?
Has to be The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld for me, an absolute journey of sound and samples, really inventive and so well produced.
The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?
The record you’re proudest of?
One of my own productions? Well it’s probably gonna be something like ‘A Lucid Dream’, which was the B-side on my Rapid Ear Movement EP and also on my first album, Dream Ritual. I think it’s one of the tracks that best managed to capture the A Sagittariun musical aesthetic and vibe. In fact, I’m very proud of both my albums, Elasticity and Dream Ritual.