“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.
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.