Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires shares his favourite things
Hey Mr. DJ
In town last week to headline new gig series Fred Perry SubcultureLive, drummer Jack Savidge takes time off indie rock outfit Friendly Fires to put on his DJ hat. Here are his best of the bests
Favourite memory from being in Friendly Fires: "The two that stick out are playing the Glastonbury Other stage at dusk in 2011, walking out and seeing all the flags. It looked exactly like all the Glastonbury television broadcasts I'd recorded as a teenager and the size of the crowd took my breath away.
Another was our time recording with Paul Epworth — it taught me so much about the music-making process, from lyric-writing to mix techniques, and I'm very lucky to have had this front row seat at a masterclass."
Favourite instruments and equipment: "Teenage Engineering OP-1, Elektron Analog 4 and Roland SH-101. The first two are beautifully intuitive synth/sequencer boxes that get you out of screen-staring computer land and into an interface that is purely musical. Perfect as little creative playgrounds. The Roland is simply a classic, and because it was the first synth I ever bought, I feel I can get any sound I need from it very quickly."
Favourite security item while on tour: "My Kindle, in which I ambitiously carry meaty reads like War & Peace, but ignore them in favour of books on cricket and football."
Favourite album from childhood: "Definitely Maybe, Dangerous or Gonzo Presents Muppet Weird Stuff. The first two were bought for me back when I only had a handful of CDs and I listened to them over and over again. I could probably sing each album front to back from memory. The Muppets always remind me of happy times riding in the car with my dad."
Favourite club in the world to party, ever: "I've only been once but Berghain is pretty incredible, as anyone who's been there will tell you. Closer to home in London wherever World Unknown and Bodyhammer lay their hat is going to be a blast."
Jack Savidge performed on 4 August for Fred Perry SubcultureLive.