This week’s Friday Mixtape is curated by David Shrigley! The multi-faceted artist needs little introduction, but in his career that spans illustration, sculpture and animation, music has been a strong companion for the artist. Releasing a spoken-word record via Late Night Tales in 2006, and Music and Words with Malcolm Middleton in 2014, this week David shares his recent record finds.
David will be in conversation with founder of It’s Nice That, Will Hudson at Brighton Illustration Fair, a weekend full of brilliant illustrators including Tuesday Bassen, Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk and Brie Monroe, to name just a few. The fair takes place at Sallis Benney Theatre Galleries from 21 – 22 October and more information can be found here.
*Disclaimer: one of David’s picks, Rio by the brilliant Aussie band Terry, was unfortunately unavailable to put in the mixtape. We highly recommend you still check out the band, you can listen to their record starting with Rio here, and David recommends it goes in at track four, sandwiched between Eleanor Friedburger and Chain & The Gang.
Over to the man himself…
Why have you picked these songs for the mixtape? What do they remind you of make your feel?
These are mostly just tracks from the records I’ve been listening to lately. If they remind me of anything it’s that there is always good stuff out there that you haven’t heard yet.
Was there a band or musician in particular that got you into music at a young age? Any heroes whose posters you had on your bedroom walls?
My first favourite band was Adam and The Ants circa Kings of the Wild Frontier. I was about 11 years old at the time so a bit too young to go and see them.
I actually went to see Adam Ant maybe five years ago. He was great as long as he stuck to the first two albums.
What would you like to do next music wise?
I’ve been writing some lyrics for my pal Iain Shaw. Iain is a singer songwriter in the mould of Jackson C. Frank or perhaps Elliot Smith. We released a single last year and are planning an album. We’ve had a few plays on 6 Music which we are pretty chuffed about.
If a feature film was to be made about the life of David Shrigley, what song would you choose to play on the trailer?
Something by Slayer. Everyone loves Slayer, no?
Do you listen to music while working? If so, any records to recommend?
I listen to music most of the time in the studio. The most recent Terry album is perhaps the current du jour.
About the Author
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.