18. What artist or band do you always recommend when someone asks for a music recommendation?
I am going to show my age a tad here, but I go with the following;
Artist: Gary Numan as I have loved his stuff, even when members of the press and UK public did not.
Now(ish): Gary Numan - My Name is Ruin
Artists: Depeche Mode, because I am a hardcore fan and when the UK press didn’t take to them long term, they made it in the States - hahaha. Plus Dave Gahan is my Elvis from Essex, who is one of those rare individuals that gets better with age.
Now(ish): Depeche Mode - Cover Me
2020 Bonus - This year, da Mode have *finally* gotten into the rock 'n roll Hall of Fame.
Honourable Mention: Massive Attack, because they have an interestingly layered sound (albeit sampled from other people’s work).
Now(ish): Massive Attack, Feat. Ghost Poet - Come Near Me
Ditto Tricky, who has shared history with M/A and has a similar approach to layering.
Now(ish): Tricky - I'm Ready