Friday Mixtape: Illustrator Adam Higton's mix of music for kids

10 August 2018
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Illustrator Adam Higton and his collaged characters are regular pals of It’s Nice That and for a while now we’ve had an inkling he was a music head. Not only does this show in his personal work, but also in his illustrations which accompanied publishing gem Rough Trade Magazine’s regular horoscope column, written by a whole host of bands and musicians.

This week Adam is our guest DJ combining his own tastes with the fact he’s also a dad and is listening to a bunch of child-friendly tunes too. Over to Adam!

It’s Nice That: Why have you picked these songs, what do they remind you of or make you feel?

Adam Higton: I always struggle making mixes. I have a good start but never get round to finishing them, I must owe my friend Marcus at least two mixes by now but having a limit to ten songs certainly helps.

I have picked these songs to reflect on what I am currently listening to at the moment. It is a combination of wonky electronic music, percussive duelling pianos and music for children. They make me feel positive and inspired.

INT: When or where should this mixtape be listened to?

AH: This mix is made to be listened to anytime, anywhere.

INT: Are there certain albums you listen to during the different parts of your creative process?

AH: Yeah, I normally like to listen to quite calm music when I am actually making stuff. I bought Tomita’s Snowflakes Are Dancing from a charity shop in Bristol a few years ago, I think it’s quite a common charity shop find. This album is cooling me down in this hot weather at the moment and makes me feel relaxed. Last year I had to give a lecture to students at Leeds University and it had been some time since I had stood up and talked to a large group of people and I was feeling pretty anxious, so on the train there I listened to Red Kross and Shonen Knife records back to back.

INT: What records did you listen to when you were a teenager?

AH: I wasn’t really into music until I was about 17… I did grow up sharing a bedroom with my brother who is seven years older than me. though so listened to Slayer, Burzum, Black Flag and Misfits amongst others.

When I started college I became really interested in the early eighties punk and hardcore bands, mostly DC and Dischord records stuff. like This is The Untouchables covering The Monkees.

INT: If a feature film about your life was to be made, what song would be on the trailer and why?

AH: I think Hurry On Sundown by Hawkwind could work. I am working on a new Florian zine inspired by that song.
The band Vetiver did a pretty good cover a few years ago — I can imagine the trailer to my life might look similar to that.

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Lucy Bourton

Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.

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