Lawrence’s musical passions...

My Passion
My Passion

My Passion are among the bands set to slip slide their way to the stage at this year’s decidedly wet and windy Download Festival, happening from today and across the weekend at Donington Park.

While band members, and new city fella’s Ande D’Melo and Jamie Nicholls reached for their wellies and plastic ponchos, frontman Laurence Rene answered our Cue & Play posers...

Tell us about the first record you bought/downloaded:

I think I had many dreadful purchases as a kid but most of my music was through browsing my parents’ record collection.

The one album I remember being the first I played to death was Radiohead Ok Computer in 97.

It was from there that rock music was never the same for me, I realised what could be done and how crazy and experimental a band with guitars could be.

An album that you can’t live without - and why:

I’ve always been a big mixtape man so I usually created my own albums of favourite tracks but if I had to pick one album it would be ‘Origin of

Symmetry’ by Muse.

That was a hugely influential album and still sounds amazing now,

It’s rare to find a collection of songs where each is different but as uplifting and exciting as the last and that is why I love that album.

Most embarrassing record in your collection?

I do a lot of DJing so naturally I need a lot of music which spreads over time and taste. Some of it much more distasteful than tasteful. I have it all from Backstreet Boys to Boy George and Wham! - although Wham definitely are a guilty pleasure.

Your favourite cheesy disc (it will be our secret...):

I’m a huge Gwen Stefani fan and it certainly does have a cheese element but still maintains some kind of cool i think.

The album is fantastic.

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t:

I still really want the latest album by Thrice I loved ‘Vehiessu and Beggars’ and the newest one is supposed to be somewhere in between.

I need that album.

What about your favourite artist of all time? What is the attraction?

Probably Muse or IAMX. Muse just have everything that I want in music they just manage to make songs for every possible emotion and mood.

I’m a sucker for a big anthem as well and they have had countless.

Its incredible what that band have achieved, somehow going along in their own world and ending up being one of the biggest bands in the planet.

Every part of what they do is looked at and so much thought goes in.

I think that very much.

IAMX feature Chris Corner who was once in a 90’s pop band called Sneaker Pimps.

They are a band that have completely isolated themselves from the music industry they live in an alternate reality and survive from it,

For them its an artistic exploration and creative outlet and I think they are truly unique.

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be and why? What question would you ask them?

Right now i’m into a huge amount of electronic music.

I met him a few years back when he was just a small chap called Sonny Moore,

Now he is an international phenomenon in the electro world.

I’d have a lot of boring techy questions to ask and be really interested to hear his story of development from the singer in a screamo band to being at the forefront of dance music.

I find all that genre smashing thrilling.

Name a song that never fails to pick you up:

This is easy because I posted it on twitter yesterday.

If you ever feel sad this song will make you smile and no one will be able to take it away.

It helps if you watch the video with it.

It’s ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin.


And one that chills you out...

‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys - it’s one of my all time favourites

What was the first gig you attended?

when I was 8 my dad took me to see David Bowie at Wembley I didn’t know what was happening but I remember it being full of characters and a real spectacle - it left me having high expectations for the rest of my life.

Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store, and what the appeal is:

There’s a little independent record store here in Hertfordshire called David’s Music,

It’s a little treasure trove.

I like that about those shops,

It’s not just what is thrown in your face like the big stores, it’s all about finding those little gems, music should be a bit of a journey of discovery and that’s what I like about a little place like that.

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours.

Who do you choose and what would you do?

I’d have to choose Matt Bellamy from Muse, and i’d love to experience playing a stadium like Wembley and beyond that in space as they are rumoured to be doing...

Is there a new or undiscovered artist that you think we need to hear? Spill the beans...

They aren’t undiscovered but they are new and have been an obsession over the past 10months.

Knife Party are for anyone who is open to electronic music that makes you want to get insane.

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?

Wow that’s a tough one.

I’ll say One Direction because that has absolutely no connection to me at all but it could well have been any of the other manufactured pop fiends out there.

You’ve got 10 songs to soundtrack your life. Give us the artist and the songs:

Side One

1 IAMX - Ghosts of Utopia

2 Muse - Hysteria

3 Knife Party vs Swedish house mafia - Antidote

4 The Cure - Lullaby

5 Smashing Pumpkins - Zero (Le Castle Vania remix)

Side Two

1 Chris Isaac - Wicked Game

2 Thrice - Between The End and Where We Lie

3 Yeah Yeah Yeah’s - Heads Will Roll (A track remix)

4 Mstrkrft - Fist of God

5 Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock