Archive - Under the Influence - Soundblab


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In what we're hoping will become a regular feature. To start with, we asked Archive about their influences, here's what they said:

Rosko John

OK, influential - Dillinja's 'Warrior'. This tune blew me away when I first heard it. Heavy bass and intricate beats. Opened me up to the further possibilities of electronic music.

Curtis Mayfield performing 'We Gotta Have Peace' on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Love this - great song, great outfits. The guitar player looks like a total dude. Five stars.

Darius Keeler

A very important song, and one I wish I'd written is Kraftwerk's 'Radioactivity'. It completely blew my mind, the space and time in it, so much emotion with zero effort, totally unpretentious. It is one of earliest examples of drum machines being used, and I still think on a large PA it seems so much more powerful than a lot of the drum machines they use currently. This song sounds so deep, has so much warmth but is also bleak. It is a true masterpiece.

Another of my favourite clips is the 60s footage of the Stax tour with Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs and Sam and Dave. My God, what the English must have thought when those dudes performed here for the first time. So much soul - this is what music is and should always be, raw, raw and raw, from the fucking heart.

Maria Quintille

Interesting question. I don't actually have a track that has been influential to me and Archive. I grew up listening to a lot of soul music which isn't what Archive is about at all. The guys sometimes talk about rock bands I have never heard of and I talk about artists they have never heard of. It's interesting writing with them as I guess you get a fusion of both styles. The track that I think has been influencial to me, simply because it was the first track that excited me musically and the first track that opened my ears to music, is 'Wanna Be Startin' Something' by Michael Jackson. My sister had the 12 inch and I would constantly play it when she wasn't at home. Funny, I still do that actually. If I really like a song, I will play it over and over and over…

One of my favourite YouTube clips is this live footage of Donny Hathaway. There isn't much live footage of this wonderful artist. He has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. I would have loved to have seen him sing live.

Danny Griffiths

For me one of the most influential songs that got me excited about music was 'Rebel without a Pause' by Public Enemy. When I first heard it, I couldn't believe the power and energy in it; it's relentless and as for Chuck D's vocal skills and tone, there are not many who can compare. I miss the way samples were blatantly used back then and that heavy production.

On YouTube, I've been watching Sly and The Family Stone perform on some talent show, they start with 'My Lady' then just go mental. It's a proper party on stage.


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