A question of taste: Talos

Eoin French is a Cork-based architect who releases music under the name Talos. He is in Iceland this week playing as part of the Airwaves festival. www.talostalos.com 

Best recent book: Laurie Lee - As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

Best recent film: Under The Skin.

Best recent show/exhibition/gig you’ve seen: It was a while ago, but the play DEEP about Sir Henrys was really great. Brilliant set design and a great performance. That was all before my time so it was interesting to see the story told in that way.

What formats do you access music? I tend to listen to music online for the most part. I do enjoy having something physical though, ie CD vinyl etc. But Spotify and certain blogs are my go-to’s.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old): Tim Buckley’s ‘Song to the Siren’. An impeccable piece of songwriting.

First ever piece of music or art or film or gig that really moved you: Its a bit cheesy but my Dad and grandfather played a lot of Beethoven when I was growing up on an old out of tune piano my grandparents had. I think thats my first memory of music.

One of the first times I remember being really moved by art in general was when I was brought to Salvador Dali’s museum in Figueres as a kid. His work is something I consistently take great inspiration from.

The best gig or show you’ve ever seen: Wild Beasts in Cyprus Avenue in Cork in 2010. I don’t know will I ever have the same experience again at a live gig. It is one of the core reasons I make music.

TV viewing: It’s relatively non existent. I watch the big shows when they come around, True Detective, Breaking Bad etc. But Netflix has taken televisions place at the moment I’m afraid. Oddly (and embarrassingly) enough Id watch a lot of cooking shows, Masterchef was a guilty pleasure for a while.

Radio listening: The car is the only place I’d listen to radio really. Among the presenters I like are Paul Mcloon, Stevie G, Dan Hegarty, Louise Mcsharry, Ashley Keating.

Name four of your music heroes: This is a tricky one as this changes for me on a weekly basis. Something that might sum it up could be Dr Dre, Caribou, David Bowie and Kate Bush.

Tech habits: what you use, and what you use it for: I use a Mac and a PC. Mac for Logic and Abelton [music production tools]. PC for 3ds Max,CAD, Photoshop... the boring stuff!



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