Viberant Profile: Ellis Karran

So for those that don’t know, Viberant is run by three people; myself, Liam Jones and Callum Galloway. We all have musical opinions and artists that we agree on enjoying, such as the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Brockhampton; but we also have some vastly disagreeable thoughts. Whether that be Liam completely disregarding Radiohead, Cal refusing to accept that bands other than The Strokes and The 1975 exist or me being a ride-or-die to bands many would consider cheesy these days like the Kings of Leon. Viberant profiles helps you get us more, so here is mine.

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: I think that Is This It by The Strokes was rated too low given the importance of it’s sound at the time and how impeccably it has aged; still containing some of the most essential indie-rock anthems of our generation. I would also give the likes of Yeezus and Oracular Spectacular a slightly higher score, perhaps leaning more towards an 85/100.

Q: What was the first album you ever bought?

A: The first album I always remember owning was Panic! At The Disco’s debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out and I can’t say I am ashamed by it one bit, look at some of the songs on that record, class. I borrowed a lot of CD’s from my parents so the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon came from my mum while Oasis and The Strokes came from dad.

Q: What’s your most controversial music opinion?

A: I have quite a few, I won’t lie. I consider the Who to be massively overrated as a musical outfit but can somewhat respect their legacy and the fact that they have iconic songs. Kanye West being the greatest artist of our generation seems to be the opinion that garners the most heat, but that shouldn’t be controversial because it is strictly true; the only reason people disagree is because they don’t want to accept that nobody comes close to him.

Q: Who are your top 5 rappers right now?

MY top five are based solely on personal preference, this isn’t who I consider to be the five best it is simply just who I enjoy listening to most. With that in mind I would say Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, MC Ride from Death Grips, Travis Scott and MF DOOM.

Q: If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Post Malone. Getting drunk, driving nice cars and being an international sweetheart/meme-lord; that’s the life to live. In fact I want that life so much that I would even take those awful face tattoos for it.

Q: What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?

Kanye at Glastonbury was biblical, Red Hot Chili Peppers at Leeds Festival 2016 was a pure nostalgia trip but there’s only one winner for me. Frank Ocean at Parklife; he made me cry five times in an hour. It was just an overwhelming occasion that made me thankful for all his music has provided me.

Q: What do you love outside of music?

Chanting about Jurgen Klopp and his boss Reds takes up a lot of my time, but I’m also a big fan of listening to old school Ricky Gervais podcasts or watching Peep Show.

Q: What was the last song you listened to?

All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem. Seven minutes and forty-two seconds of heaven. My favourite song of all time and the one I will hope people remember me for.

Q: What genre of music are you most into?

Hip-hop tends to be my go-to if I am struggling for new things to listen to but I also love the indie-synth genre that the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Tame Impala are best known for. If I am feeling sad then I’ll definitely be putting some Radiohead on though, can’t beat some of their acoustic cuts.

Q: Favourite band?

Radiohead, the best band of all time whether you like it or not.

Q: Favourite R&B Artist?

The Weeknd has always been great but if he was still making music like he was in 2011 then he would be the undisputed number one. A certain someone by the name of Frank Ocean has now taken that crown, is anyone really surprised?

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