‘Pearl Jam and the grunge wave changed me completely...’ Tina Dico

Tina Dico - at The Stables this week
Tina Dico - at The Stables this week
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DENMARK’S Tina Dico has just issued her seventh album, Welcome Back Colour – a double CD of new recordings and reworkings of favourites.

Tina is currently on tour in the UK, and calls into Milton Keynes this Sunday evening for a gig at The Stables.

But what about the music that left its mark on her?

Tina spills the beans...

Tell us about the first record you bought...

I’m afraid to. I believe it was David Essex on vinyl. Mainly because I thought he looked like Dick Turpin. I can’t have been very old, and I don’t think I ever listened to it.

Either that or it was Wham’s Make It Big

An album that you can’t live without – and why

One answer would be my own as they have all been an enormous part of my journey in life and who it has made me.

Apart from that I would say a Bob Dylan album.

The Times They Are A Changin’ or Bring It All Back Home, I think.

His music keeps me grounded because it’s so timeless and ever-relevant.

The nuances and intelligence in the writing is so inspiring to me, as a writer but also as a human being searching for ‘the good life’.

What is the most embarrassing record in your collection

I was a big Bon Jovi fan from when I was nine to 12 so I have their first five records – also the two lesser known ones from before Slippery When Wet. At the same time I was into Guns N Roses and Def Leppard; my rock phase.

Your favourite cheesy disc

Bill Withers is quite cheesy. His Best Of.

An album you wish you’d bought

There are big artists that I started listening to quite late which is a shame as I’m sure I would have grown with their music in my teens – people like David Bowie and Joni Mitchell. I should have bought Hunky Dory when I was 15.

What about your favourite artist of all time?

Tracy Chapman and Pearl Jam. Tracy Chapman was my soulmate when I was 12, a contemporary singer/songwriter with such an intimate, personal sound and important things to communicate.

Pearl Jam and the grunge wave changed me completely when I was 15.

I stopped doing sports, got dreadlocks and suddenly felt ‘understood’ and free somehow.

Bob Dylan’s writing though, probably puts him at the top spot.

If you could meet one musician or band, who would it be and why?

It would be interesting to meet Joni and hear her talk about songwriting and tell stories from her life.

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

REM Losing My Religion

And one that chills you out?

DJ Shadow Fixed Income

What was the first gig you attended?

I think my mum dragged me to a Cliff Richard show when I was little.

Most memorable are Rage Against the Machine and Bjork at a small venue in my hometown, two nights running when I was 15.

Tell us about your favourite records shop or online store

I only shop at iTunes actually. When I decide to get something I like to get it right away and because I travel so much I like everything to be as easy and mobile as possible

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours. Who do you choose?

I would choose someone like Rihanna and do a huge, choreographed over-the-top pop concert, just to see if it’s any fun.

And spend the rest of the day at a spa.

Or be Bono and go and try and make the world a better place.

Is there a new or undiscovered artist that you think we need to hear?

There’s a lot of good stuff coming out of Denmark at the moment.

A lot of indie bands; Treefight for Sunlight and Figurines to name a couple.

To book tickets to see Tina, call MK 280800