My Record Collection - May 28, 2019

My Record Collection by Daniel Tompkins
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My Record Collection by Daniel Tompkins

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of TesseracT and White Moth Black Butterfly vocalist Daniel Tompkins. Let's see what he goes for...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"This would have been Enigma - MCMXC a.D (1990) and it's a record that still inspires me and one I always turn to. It's definitely one of my favourite albums of all time - a real gem. It's not for everyone but I associate much of my childhood and spiritual nature with this record."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"Without a doubt the System of a Down self-titled. I was only one of a handful of teenagers at my school who listened to metal and this album was a revelation - it's pure furious, insanity."



The record I've played more than any other is…

"Michael Jackson's Dangerous. It's just one of those records that is hit after hit. I've listened to it less and less over the years but there was a period where it was all I listened to. You could say I was obsessed with this album."



The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Recently I've been rediscovering my love for Empire of the Sun. Their record Two Vines is a masterpiece in modern contemporary pop. It's not necessarily something I turn to when I'm down because I feel music is so varied and I can turn to anything, but this record very uplifting."



The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"This is an odd selection but it's a record that always calms me down and makes me feel at peace. It's the soundtrack to a game called Machinarium, written by Tomáš Dvorák, who is a Czech producer commonly known as Floex. It's stunningly beautiful and original."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Particularly in the rock and metal world, I feel that Synergy 2003 by Extol is one of the most underrated records of the last 15 years. The band are on hiatus working on other projects but this record is criminally underrated."



The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Diamond Eyes by Deftones has to be one of the more striking images, memorable and very beautiful. I mean it's just an owl but it leaves an everlasting mark. 'You've Seen The Butcher' is one of my favourite tracks."

 



The record with my favourite title is…

"A Perfect Circle's Mer de Noms or Sea of Names is a wonderful title. A Perfect Circle are one of the bands that made me want to be a singer. I'm lucky enough to have seen them live, supporting this record and it definitely was a wake-up call and one of the most memorable shows I've ever seen."



The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"I wholeheartedly respect the band and their legacy but I have never really understood Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction. Still to this day it just isn't to my taste but all my other friends and peers love them. Whenever 'Sweet Child O' Mine' drops in a club my head drops a little but it does bring a smile to my face at least and it's a classic to be fair."



The last record I bought was…

"The Alchemy Index by Thrice, I've already bought this record two or three times as a physical CD. That should tell the tale of how much I've listened to and how much I love the band."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"The new Tool album! It's very rare that I get excited about new music these days as I'm always creating my own but it's been a long time waiting and as a huge Tool fan, I cannot wait to hear how it's going to turn out."

 

Daniel Tompkins' debut solo album Castles is released on May 31st. 

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