My Musical Memory | Dan Croll Interview and Playlist
Singer/songwriter Dan Croll is obsessed with Meshuggah and Burt Bacharach!
London Grammar fans might have caught the sweet sound of Dan Croll when he supported them on tour earlier in 2014; plus his debut album Sweet Disarray is riding high in the iTunes chart. The bespectacled and dashing fellow himself took time out of his touring schedule to compile a playlist of the songs that influence and inspire his music making.
The song you listen to when travelling...
‘Electric Relaxation’ by A Tribe Called Quest
"It’s so simple, the sampled beats and looped guitar progression just have an incredibly relaxed feel. It's a pretty smooth romantic song, and definitely has a feeling of movement in it which helps long journeys fly by."
The song that reminds you of home...
‘To Build A Home’ by Patrick Watson
"This is a song (and artist) that my sister first introduced me to through this track. Patrick Watson creates such a delicate warm and welcoming track that just reminds me of home. My little brother is also a big fan of his and knows a couple of his tracks on the guitar and piano, so it's nice to be reminded of him through his music too."
The song you wish you had written...
‘South American Getaway’ by Burt Bacharach
"Just an all time classic for me. Such a complex engaging song that I'll never get bored of. It's so catchy it didn't even need lyrics, just the vocal arrangement itself can have you hooked."
The song most played on your iTunes...
‘Swarm’ by Meshuggah
"Because I'm obsessed with them, they've got at least the top 30 played songs on my iTunes. Swedish tech-metal, whats not to like?"
The song that’s always the last one at the end of the night out...
‘Seven Days’ by Sting
"Once me and the boys have finished a gig, we pack down, load the gear in to the van, then blast this as loud as possible. It's ridiculously good fun to play and sing a long to this track, tricky too as it's in 5/4."
The song you listen to when you are feeling blue...
‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel
"I forgot about this song for a long time, until my keyboardist Jacob told me he had a bridge over troubled water binge and was listening to it at least 6 times a day. I thought I should re-listen to it and remember what it was all about, and he was totally right to binge on it. It’s an incredibly warm and uplifting song, and the arrangement blows your blue socks off.’"
The song that was the first one you learned to play...
‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ by Bowling For Soup
"Me and some friends in high school decided to form a rock band, we'd just play covers in the music block at lunchtime to try and swoon the girls. This song was the first on our four-song set list."
Listen to Dan Croll’s My Musical Memory playlist on Spotify