When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?
I started banging on my moms pots and pans at age 3. Moved to piano age 7, saxophone age 9, drums age 14 and it was a total wrap once I got my first guitar at age 17. I jumped onstage during a Pretenders concert that same year. Chrissie Hynde let me sing a line to Tattooed Love Boys and there was no turning back after that. I packed my stuff and headed for NYC – that was 1984.
How would you describe your music?
I do what’s best for the artist or film. I’m a deep lover of all music so I can always pull from some point of reference on every project. I like things to sound lush and pure even if its a minimal arrangement.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
This year has been really great – I co wrote and produced three new songs for Blondie, composed two film scores, mixed the new record by The Cliks and produced songs that are included in the book “Harley Loco”. One of the films I scored “Concussion” won the special jury prize at the Berlin Film Festival so the next few months are going to be about going to a lot of film festivals and traveling for work.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
There are so many artists I still wanna work with and it’s only because they’ve already brought so much to the table musically it would just be a gift to be part of their process: Jill Scott, David Bowie, Paramore, Beth Ditto, John Legend, Black Veil Brides, Annie Lennox, Jay z, Aphex Twin, Alison Moyet, Chris Cornell, Karen O and Muse are among the living.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
I’m going to steal Debbie Harry’s quote on this one: if I was on a desert island, there wouldn’t be any electricity so whatever disc I brought wouldn’t really matter!