Being a collaborative effort between Liam, Ellis and I, a great deal of our posts on here are based on an amalgamation of all three of our opinions. I’d say most of the time we agree; we can all agree on Frank Ocean being incredible and we can unite in our disdain towards artists like Russ, but there are plenty of occasions where Liam has been wrong and Ellis has been wrong. The great thing about music, though, is that they aren’t wrong at all, they just hold views that they’re perfectly entitled to- and I just happen to disagree. Here’s a brief Q&A that might shine a light on the reasons we don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to music.
Q: The Viberant Classic Album Leaderboard is made of scores between all three of you, but if it was on your own what would you change?
A: Is This It by The Strokes for me, one hundred percent. It certainly got plenty of praise from all three of us, but still underrated in my opinion. Arguably the most influential rock album of the century so far, and for me it’s pretty close to a perfect record: running at just over 35 minutes, 11 tracks long and not a single one I’d think about changing. So it probably doesn’t come with any surprise when I say that I disagree with one Arctic Monkeys album ranked higher than it, let alone two.
Q: What was the first album you ever bought?
A: I remember getting the self-titled Busted! album (the one with all the bangers on it) when I was really young, maybe even a 5ive CD, who I was as equally mental about. As for the first one I actually bought with my own money I’m not particularly sure- maybe one of the first Arctic Monkeys albums.
Q: What’s your most controversial music opinion?
A: I think the one that has caused the most division amongst Ellis, Liam and I is my dismissal for Lil Uzi Vert’s song XO Tour Llif3. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a terrible song, and I like Uzi- I think his inventive melodies and level of artistry make him a real wildcard in his particular field- but when it came to picking our best songs of last year, it was far from a front-runner for me. I could pick a fair few Uzi tracks that I prefer over that one.
Q: Who are your top 5 rappers right now?
A: In no particular order, I’d probably say Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown and, mainly for his amazing album with Czarface earlier this year, MF DOOM.
Q: If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?
A: Probably Frank Ocean, mainly because I don’t have the faintest idea as to what he gets up to on a day-to-day basis, so I guess it’d be pretty interesting to find out.
Q: What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
A: For festival appearances, Queens of the Stone Age at Leeds 2014 and Frank Ocean at Parklife last year definitely stand out amongst the rest. As for an actual gig, it’d probably have to be Kendrick Lamar.
Q: What do you love outside of music?
A: I like graphic design, so plenty of messing around on Photoshop. Other than that, playing video games.
Q: What was the last song you listened to?
A: Friend Zone by Thundercat- full to the brim with wacky grooves and a great sense of humour.
Q: What genre of music are you most into?
A: I’m a fan of most genres, whether it’s rap, R&B etc., but when it comes to what genre I keep my ear closest to the ground to in terms of new releases, it always comes back to indie music.
Q: Favourite band?
A: Right now? The 1975. Of all time? Probably The Strokes.
Q: Favourite R&B Artist?
A: Frank Ocean. When it comes to being both an artist, in every sense of the word, as well as a gifted vocalist, nobody comes close in that conversation right now.