“Late at night, chain-smoking alone in my underwear…” Canadian tech maestro Sid le Rock reveals his musical favourites.
What’s the first record you ever bought?
My first offence was First Offence, an album by the Canadian heartthrob Corey Hart. My folks took us to Kmart department store. With five bucks burning in my pockets (earned from my weekly work chores), my younger sister and I combined our allowances and together, purchased this bad boy. ‘Sunglasses at Night’, uh, obviously.
The first time you remember hearing electronic music?
“WTF is this?! I want more!” is what I said to myself, when I first saw Herbie Hancock’s video of ‘Rockit’. One of many life changers!
Your favourite ever record?
If you would have asked me this question last week, or say… each and every week in the year, you’d get a different answer from me each time. This week, as it’s coming out warm from my speakers, I’d go with The Low End Theory album by A Tribe Called Quest. From top to bottom, this album is supreme. ‘Buggin’ Out’ gets a few more repeat plays.
The guaranteed floor-filler?
I’ll go with a ‘Fog Machine’ as my final answer.
The guilty pleasure?
Detroit Grand Pubahs – ‘Sandwiches’!
The last track of the night?
‘Safety Dance’ by Men Without Hats is usually my go-to track to end the night. Equally, a good way to start the night.
The best chillout record?
Heard many times around the house as I was growing up, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac will always be embedded in my memories. C’mon, there is no denying it. Everyone loves ‘Dreams’.
The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?
Lazy Sunday afternoon? I own this. Here’s some more Canadiana I gotta drop. The Cowboy Junkies version of ‘Sweet Jane’. In my opinion, this blows away The Velvet Underground’s original version. But, play em back to back… perfect combo.
The worst record you’ve ever heard?
This is a harder question than “best record”. The worst are better left forgotten.
The record you’re proudest of?
There are a few I am truly proud of as I reflect on the many records that I’ve put out during my 15 years of producing. On the other hand, a few that I wish could be wiped out from existence. However, I am quickly drawn to ‘Still Life’ and ‘Foreign Love’. Both of these tracks embody a naivety, yet a sense of realness to my self expressions. Putting all my truest emotions in ‘captions’, captured in a personal snapshot that rehashes fond memories that are only known to me whenever I revisit these songs, late at night, chain-smoking alone in my underwear. I do enjoy airing out 😉