Who is How To Dress Well?

Musical Influences

How To Dress Well: “I mean I’m into ‘80s and ‘90s stuff but to be fair I’m more into like 2000s and contemporary stuff too, just cause it’s more fresh in my mind. There’s some stuff from the ‘90s which I still go to all the time, like Babyface and Maxwell’s Unplugged record, and stuff like that.

"But on the other hand I’m much more of like a Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel guy than a Butterfly Mariah guy. I like her later stuff, especially that [Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel] record because she’s working with The-Dream and I think Tricky Stewart is the producer on that record too. I always post my favorite records of the year on my blog, and if you look at the shit that I’ve fallen in love with over the years it’s like equal doses The-Dream, SpaceGhostPurrp, and stuff like that, and Mount Eerie, and Oneohtrix Point Never. I’m not invested on the one hand in pop music and R&B, and on the other hand experimental music—I just love sentimental, affectively charged music in whatever shape.

”It might be some string quartet music one day, some Ligeti piano experimentation the next day, like “Hate You” on repeat like all day long. It’s just I love music for this sentimental charge it can have, this affective charge it has when it’s really real. Same thing for like “Fuck This Industry” by Waka Flocka [Flame], like when I put that on my headphones I’m like ‘fuck this song is so heavy-duty.’ It’s got a real emotional tenor to me that makes it art period. It’s just about trusting myself and being like I think I have good taste, I think I’m dialed in on something in music, which is something emotionally resonant to me. So if I hear it in whatever—if I hear it in Jimmy Eat World, I’m gonna be like ‘I love this song.’”

“I think [I’m influenced by ‘90s music] just cause that’s my backbone. As a little kid that’s all I listened to. It was like, why would I listen to whatever–I don’t even know what rock was popular. I was listening to “I Will Always Love You” single by Whitney. I think I was a little too young to be into grunge. Like it just didn’t touch me at all. At that time I was 5 and I was listening to Tevin Campbell. That just was what was up for me emotionally.

“I think that a lot of the ‘90s influenced stuff was just cause of when I was born and what my parents were listening to as well. My dad listens exclusively to free jazz and experimental jazz, and my mom listens to exclusively like, when I was a little boy it was always Smokey Robinson, and Janet and Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul. And this was the stuff that my mom was dancing and singing to in the house, so I just followed their lead on that shit. I mean my dad hates The Beatles. This is something that I remember at a very young age, him being like ‘Oh The Beatles suck.’”

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