INTERVIEW

Tom Elstob

The CoDI Move composer reveals his idea of musical heaven and hell

My first musical memory

I remember being very young and hearing Debussy’s Clair de Lune in a comedy sketch on TV.  Even though I only heard it once it the melody stuck with me until I was old enough to find out what it was called. I have similar memories about The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” and “Space Oddity” by David Bowie.

My musical idol

Thom Yorke. Sorry to be dreadfully predictable. His music meant a lot to me growing up and it’s now lodged in my personality forever. .

The composer I wish was better known

John Darnielle. He’s an American songwriter in a band called 'The Mountain Goats'.   His songs have this incredible enigmatic-storytelling quality to them and carry real emotional weight. The way he constructs his vocal lines is somehow both surprising and uncanny. He is a genius.

My idea of musical heaven

Ooh. A little place by the sea or the woods. Filled with instruments, friends and a modest recording studio. Or just at home with my family and my record collection. 

My idea of musical hell

Being trapped in a room with people playing music from the thin, tinny little speakers in their phones.