Music & Me: Seb Rochford, Polar Bear

Seb Rochford is a British drummer and member of the experimental jazz band Polar Bear. He has also drummed for the likes of Pete Doherty, David Byrne, Brian Eno and Herbie Hancock. Here he tells Music Magazine about some of his favourites.

The first record I bought was...

Adam and the Ants.

The first gig I went to was...

Kim Wilde, after I saw I used to listen her album, close my eyes and imagine I was still there...

My favourite album is...

I have so many but "Purple Rain" by Prince I like a lot.

But my parents always liked...

Stevie Wonder, Bill Evans and Bach.

I couldn’t marry someone who liked...

Racism.

In the studio I like to wear...

A clean body underneath my clothes.

I’d love to have on my show...

The Queen, Jay-Z, Tiny Boost and Young Fresh.

One thing that must change in the music industry is...

I don’t think I have an answer for that. Every musician and artist is responsible for their own decisions

A great album cover is...

Jahmanji by Jammer

On my iPod I listen most to...

At the moment: Trim, Gunna Dee and Kaushiki Chakrabarty.

If I could have written any song it would have been...

“Monk’s Mood” by Thelonious Monk

The worst song I’ve heard is...

Probably one of my own that I never played outside my house.

Polar Bear will be appearing with Jyager at the Westminster Reference Library as part of the London Jazz Festival on 13/14 November. New album "Common Ground" is out now.

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