Autre Ne Veut: "My parents were Kenyan expats, so they were out there for a really long time right before I was born. So, [we listened to] not so much East African music, but West African music and South African music was pretty big. Paul Simon-y sorts of shit. My dad loved Fleetwood Mac, so we listened to a bunch of that. Phil Collins, my mom was really into that.

 

I was also really into Brian Eno, and that’s why I started doing electronics in college. Trying to do music for airport knock off stuff which was no good.

 

"The first tapes that I wore thin on my boombox were Michael Jackson’s Bad and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. That was where I first kind of established my first sense of taste. A lot of reggae growing up. New Age-y shit, Enya and Enigma, things like that.

“[At one point] I got really into country music and started writing country songs. I was also really into Brian Eno, and that’s why I started doing electronics in college. Trying to do music for airport knock off stuff which was no good.

"I always loved R&B, even Boyz II Men shit. I would sing that and that pushes you into falsetto inherently. I always loved music like that and once I felt comfortable doing it, I never really wanted to turn back. It feels better to be able to go there. [Laughs.]

“I’ve listened to so much different music in my life and loved so much different kinds of music. [I listened to] anything between atonal and a percussive kind of noisy stuff to avante-classical. But I also have serious love for Timbaland, vintage Neptunes stuff, and J Dilla or whatever. Even Dr. Luke hits it on the head a lot. I am intentionally trying to not limit myself in terms of source material and trying not to prevent myself from making choices that seem contradictory, but then ultimately trying to make them work, you know?"