Meet Anders Landau, 38 years old from Copenhagen, Denmark.
“I’ve sorted my music by record labels for years before I got Spotify, as labels often have a distinct vibe that I can tap in to. I don’t recall exactly when I fell in love with the sound of Kompakt. Michael Mayer (one the owners of Kompakt) has played in Copenhagen many times, so it might be that, but it could also be from a Kompakt Label party at Barcelona beach. Since I get an image of scantily clad people smiling and dancing in the sunset in my mind, it's probably the latter. So every time I put on this playlist, I think of summer, happiness and smiling, dancing, scantily clad people. And who wouldn't want that in their life?!”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
For many years it was "Lonely Soul" by U.N.K.L.E from the Psyence Fiction album. Now I'd probably go for" You're My First My Last My Everything" by Barry White. Getting a kid changes you big time.
There's so many, but I'm going for DJ Shadow. I clearly remember being in London with my parents as boy, and out of boredom, I went to a Virgin Megastore randomly zipping through records. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but out of the blue this amazing cover pops up that says "U.N.K.L.E - Psyence Fiction". I listened to it and immediately fell in love with the album, bought it for the few savings I had and listened to it on my Discman on repeat for weeks. I was already into electronice music, but this was the first time I found something myself without others playing it for me. This was mine, my discovery. I kept digging in to the music, and found that it wasn't the sound of James Lavelle I was in to, but rather the sound of DJ Shadow. I went out and got his albums "Endtroducing....." and "Preemptive Strike" and that just cemented my love of DJ Shadows music. I have many favourites, but if I could only listen to ONE artist for the rest of my life, it would be DJ Shadow.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
Don't see the point of interviewing dead people, so I'll go for Dave Clarke. I follow him on Instagram and from his posts, it seems like we have compatible views not only on music but on society as a whole. I guess it would be more of a fanboys wet dream conversation than an interview, but still the same.
What is the best concert you have ever been to?
There's many to choose from, but Dave Clarke playing at Vega in Copenhagen circa 2000 - 2001. This was the first time I went into a complete trance and disappeared into the music for the entirety of a set. I was completely sober by the way, but the drive of music just picked me up and left me a smiling, overjoyed, dancing puppet in the hands of Dave Clarke. This has happend many times since then, but this was my first, it was amazing and it stands out.
Do you have a favorite quote?
"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives." ― John Stuart Mill
Do you play any instruments? If not, any you would love to learn?
I played the piano, guitar, and bass for years. But I sucked at it. My peak was at 16 when I wrote a song about my love of chocolate milk for the punk band I was part of. Since the dawn of Reason I've tried to make electronic music. I've had several keyboards, synths, and controllers, trying out Ableton, Logic and other DAWs. But I suck at it. I think it's because music creates images in my mind, but not the other way around. I've tried to DJ, but even though I'm pretty damn good at track selection, I suck at DJ'ing as well.
Do you have a life slogan?
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
HA! I don't know! I haven't listened to the radio since 2006. Probably some rap song about making hoes and money, since that always annoyed the fuck out of me.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
95% of the time, the human voice is just an instrument making sounds that are part of the symphony, but I don't listen to - and/or - care about the lyrics. The last 5% is when the lyrics are deeply profound to me, as in "Lonely Soul" by U.N.K.L.E or "Closer" by N.I.N.