One Minute With... Rodney Smith, Roots Manuva
Friday 23 January 2009
Where are you?
In Sheffield, South Yorkshire. I'm preparing to do a show and we are doing sound checks.
What are you currently listening to?
On the tour bus, a lot of old reggae: Lee "Scratch" Perry and Yellowman.
Who is your favourite band?
That's a hard one. I like a lot of bands. I think I would pick Elbow because they are a down-to-earth band and it's great they have been together for 18 years.
If you could have written one song, which would it be?
"Killer" by Seal. I want my songs to be as compelling and intriguing as this one. I have listened to it over and over again. I still don't understand why it is such a great song, but it is.
What distracts you from work?
Ladies... nice cars. I have a few.
What did you want to be as a child?
A bank manager. It is terrible saying such a thing at this time of economic crisis – but I had strange perception that bank managers could be as rich as hell and make money out of thin air.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
Tracey Emin, because anybody who can get out of bed and sell art for thousands of pounds is a genius.
Is there a song that changed your life?
Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares To You". It was written by Prince but the way she sings it with such honesty was reassuring.
Who is your hero?
Martin Luther King. The whole peace thing. His relentless regard for peace.
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 5 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV - TV review: No wonder Cilla's chuffed with this story of her life – even the Beatles take a back seat
Doctor Who, Listen, review: Possibly Steven Moffat's most terrifying episode
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke