Once we were blobs in the sea, and then fishes, and then lizards and rats and then monkeys, and hundreds of things in between. This hand was once a fin, this hand once had claws! In my human mouth I have the pointy teeth of a wolf and the chisel teeth of a rabbit and the grinding teeth of a cow! Our blood is as salty as the sea we used to live in! When we’re frightened, the hair on our skin stands up, just like it did when we had fur. We are history! Everything we’ve ever been on the way to becoming us, we still are.
I’m made up of the memories of my parents and my grandparents, all my ancestors. They’re in the way I look, in the colour of my hair. And I’m made up of everyone I’ve ever met who’s changed the way I think.
I just talked about this with a friend: the most inspiring moment I witnessed as a kid, was when I was about thirteen years old and I was watching Rock School on BBC2. It was an educational program where youngsters were being explained how to make music. In that particular episode there was a demonstration by Vince Clark [the original synth-player of Depeche Mode, later Yazoo and Erasure]. He was surrounded by synths and was making a track. It really was a eureka-moment. What I remembered the most was that there was a coffee mug on his computer, next to that a Happy Shopper-bag. I didn’t know this type of world existed. Here’s someone in a room full of synths, it looked like just his own fucking room, he’s drinking tea, he just went to a shop to get himself a cake, and he makes a track in five minutes. When I saw that I knew it: that’s the life I want! That excerpt is my biggest inspiration ever. Not that I didn’t like his music, I did, but I was mainly in love with his lifestyle. Making music from the security of your own room, that was my dream and I’ve realized that years ago.’