Downtempo

Downtempo

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Meet Alex, 31 years old from Norway.
“At first, this playlist was just for myself, I really enjoy this kind of music. When it started getting followers, I felt like I had to keep it updated, so I began to discover a lot more artists. Now I just enjoy that in some way I am helping spread what I consider great music.”

 

 

What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?

I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock through my father. Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Creedence, Led Zeppelin. I always liked it but didn't really appreciate it the way I do now until I got in my 20's. I also listened to a lot of early trance. Old Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, ATB, Faithless. In Search of Sunrise are amazing albums and really takes me back. Trip-Hop like Portishead and Massive Attack also caught my attention and as I got older I dove a lot deeper in that genre.


What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

I don't think I can choose one, but Royksopp and Prodigy stand out. Royksopp because they went way past my expectations how good they were live. They had some incredible live versions of their songs. Prodigy because they are legends and I never thought I'd get the chance to see them live. This was actually 2017. After what happened to Keith I'm just glad I got to see them before he passed. They delivered!


Name one of your favorite albums of all time?

There are so many though. Lateralus (2001) by Tool is just incredible. Tool has this way of giving every song a different sound and vibe. It's kind of hard to describe them, you just need to experience them.


Do you play any instruments? If no, which instrument do you wish you could play?

I play drums but at a very hobby-based level. I've always wanted to play them since I was little but never took the time to learn how. I bought my own drum kit when I was 20. I play them 2-3 times a month now when I have the time but I really wish I could play them more.


Name your top 3 favorite artist and why?

I'd like to share 3 albums I think everyone could enjoy. The first is Pink Floyd - Pulse (Live) from 1995. This is the best live album/performance I've ever heard. In my opinion, David Gilmour is the best guitarist in the world. Not only because he's a technically good guitarist but because of the music he writes. Putting the right notes together beats impressive guitar skills in my opinion. The second album is Bohren & der Club of Gore - Sunset Mission (2000) This album is unfortunately not on Spotify - for that, I'd recommend 'Bohren For Beginners' (2016). Slow, dark jazz with an incredible mood. It will put you in an old black and white film noir movie from the 50's and make you want to solve a murder. The last album is Eyes closed. Jungle - Jungle (2014) Funky feelgood soul. I challenge anyone not to move their head with the beats to these songs. Super catchy, great album. They are also great live!