My Fantasy Band: Rob Da Bank

Thursday 30 December 2010 01:00

Vocalist - Prince

When I was 15 years old, every square inch of my bedroom walls and ceiling were covered in pages torn out of 'Smash Hits' and 'Sounds'. Prince probably accounted for about 70 per cent of the wall space. As a singer and songwriter, he's up there with The Beatles.

Backing Vocals - Robert Smith

I know just about every lyric to every song by The Cure. Robert Smith is a hero of mine for his songwriting, singing, and even his hairstyles. The less said about my own attempts at his unique backcombed barnet in my teens, the better.

Bass - Squarepusher

Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher is loved by so many artists from Björk to Thom Yorke. Flea from the Chili Peppers calls him the best bass player who has ever lived. And who am I to argue?

Piano - Thom Yorke

I've never been big on weeping but I feel like a good weep when I listen to Thom Yorke's playing on Radiohead songs like "Sail To The Moon". He is an amazing composer and I'd be proud to have him on the old Joanna.

DJ - Yoda

Perhaps not a traditional member of the orchestra but I'd have to have a DJ in my band, and there is no one more versatile than DJ Yoda. Whether he's scratching like a flea-ridden cat or just adding beats and bass, the man is a genius.

Listen to Rob Da Bank every week on his Radio 1 show, an eclectic mix of music from the UK and beyond. Every Saturday 5am to 7am and on BBC iPlayer

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