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Torre Florim from De Staat Interview

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Torre Florim started De Staat in 2006 and the Dutch rock band have gone from strength to strength in recent years, with fourth album 0 coming out in January and they recently supported Muse at the Olympiahalle in Munich. Check them out on their official website.

This is his music…

What is your favourite song of all time?

I don’t really have those. As soon as I think I have a favourite song of all time, I start getting bored with it immediately. But that’s the beauty of music. There’s so much, and it’s not like a painting on the wall. You don’t have to stare at the same song everyday. A couple of favourites are:

  • Chrome Hoof – Tonyte
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – Regular John
  • Beastie Boys – Get It Together (feat. Q-Tip)
  • Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad
  • The Stooges – Down On The Street
  • Tame Impala – Elephant

Just go check out my spotify playlist, I just don’t have one favourite song of all time.

Torre Florim’s Favorites: https://open.spotify.com/user/torreflorim/playlist/1UPOgVmWVRpZi6JldXw2CT

Can you remember when you fell in love with it?

Let’s talk about Queens Of The Stone Age.The first time I saw them playing on a festival on TV. I was probably 14 and I thought,Ohh. This is what I should be doing. You can actually do stuff like this. Be cool. Be weird. Not care. Before that I was listening to Deftones and Korn. QOTSA blew and opened my mind at that time. As a kid, that’s huge.

Has a song or album ever changed your life?

The album that changed my life the most, is our own first album: Wait For Evolution. I know that’s kind of logical, but still. No other album by anyone else can compete even a little bit with that. Your own music is too personal for that, and if it’s picked up and listened to, that’s a big deal. Everything changes. Everything falls into place. This was the album that gave my whole life a direction.

If you could only listen to five albums for the rest of time, what would they be?

  • The Stooges – Fun House – For some reason, at every party, I end up playing Fun House. The whole album. And it’s always good.
  • Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians – I listened to this a lot when I was in college (studying Composition & Music Production). Listening to this sitting in the train staring out the window. Everything I saw while listening to this felt magical and grand, like everything was part of something big. I felt like everything is one. And I’m normally not like that at all.I didn’t sleep a lot in that period of my life, that also helped.
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows – One of the best sounding records to me. When I listened to this album in my home studio, I always felt like I was nowhere near a good artist and producer. Radiohead is definitely another level, and will never be boring.
  • Sons Of The Pioneers – 1936 – 1949 – I love this stuff. It all sounds the same, but is all different. I put this on regularly during dinner or breakfast or, anything really.
  • Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (live) – Probably one of the coolest live pop shows ever. If it’s just 5 things I can listen to, it makes sense to listen to something live too. And this is still, after all those years, on of the coolest live bands ever.

How much of your day do you spend listening to music?

Not much of it, to be honest. It’s kind of like, if you’re a chef in a restaurant, would you go to eat at restaurants all the time?Silence is awesome.When I’m in a creating period though, I like to check out everything, all the time. Go to see all kinds of shows, look for weird shit. It’s getting harder and harder to be truly inspired.

What’s your ideal time and place for listening to music?

I love listening to music in any kind of transportation. Driving a car, or sitting in a train or a bus, riding a bike or walking. The cool thing about music is that it really changes your environment. So if the environment is dull, I like to spice it up.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?

There’s one band I saw around 2008 in a small venue in Nijmegen. They really madean impression. The stupid thing is, I can’t remember the name of the band. And I can’t find their record in my collection anymore. So this is weird.But it was a small show, there weren’t a lot of people, around 40. This band was based around a guy in a brown old school suit and a girl in an old school 50s dress.Both singers of the band. What impressed me the most, was not the music: It wasn’t that interesting or well played or anything. It was the way they handled the room. They were all over the place, dancing through the room, with each other, with the audience. It didn’t feel like an act. There was no fear, no acting, no mask (at least, it didn’t feel that way), it was just fun. Hangin’ around, playing in this town. Telling funny stories. So relaxed. And everybody became relaxed.Since that show I wanted to be that way, relaxed. Just have fun. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy your audience. I’m thinking super hard to come up with the name.

Approximately how big is your music collection? And in what format?

It’s huge. I use streaming services now most of the time. So it’s ridiculously huge.

What does music mean to you?

It’s the only thing I truly feel I know a lot about. It’s the core of most of the things I do every day, and probably the rest of my life. So. Yeah. I guess it means enough haha.

What song should we all go and listen to right now to make our day better?

Chrome Hoof – Tonyte . I wish I wrote this song. This has given me energy for more than 5 years now. It’s never boring to me.This should be a theme song for everybody at every moment. From sporting events to funerals. Especially funerals.

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