“One of the characters in Breakin’ does a dance with a broom and Kraftwerk’s ‘Tour De France’ plays. It blew my mind…” Brooklyn duo Sam Walker & Gavin Royce talk us through their formative musical experiences.

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What’s the first record you ever bought?

Gavin Royce: Michael Jackson – Thriller. I was very young when this album came out but I became obsessed with it. I had the jacket from the video in three different colour combos and the personalised record player.

Sam Walker: Appetite for Destruction by Guns n Roses:

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

Gavin: I lived in Manhattan in the mid 80s and breakdancing was really big so my favourite movie for a while was Breakin’. There’s a scene in the movie where the character Turbo does a dance with a broom and Kraftwerk’s ‘Tour De France’ plays. It blew my mind…

Sam: I guess the first really obviously electronic thing I ever heard was the album Deep Breakfast by Ray Lynch. It’s a beautiful album and taught me how expressive purely electronic music can be.

Your favourite ever record?

Gavin: Gino Soccio – ‘Dancer’, this is such a hard question to answer and on any other day I may say something else, but this record by Gino is just so good.

Sam: Simple Minds – ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’.

The guilty pleasure?

Gavin: Janet Jackson – ‘Alright’. I LOVE Janet and this is one of my favourite pop records ever!

Sam: any Foreigner.

8th July, 2015

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