I AM A CAMERA

Ian Watt, one half of the electro-pop duo, talks us through his favourite tracks - from Drowning in Berlin by The Mobiles to Nina Simone's My Father. Tune in to his top picks.

Paul Nichols
  • By Paul Nichols
  • 4 Apr 2014
  • min read


I am a Camera are Mancunian Francesca Ross and Northern-Irish Londoner Ian Watt.

The electro-pop outfit have worked hard over the last 12 months, releasing their own material, covering the Pet Shop Boys’ Rent and remixing the likes of Lana Del Rey, Tanika and Zebra Katz.

Current single Lost in Love perfectly captures their moody electronic pop and is taken from their debut LP, currently being prepared for a 2014 release.

Ian talks us through his favourite tracks...

The first music I remember hearing was…
The Demon Seed soundtrack. My dad worked night shifts in a factory so my mum would let me sit up late with her to keep her company and we’d watch scary movies. There was one film called Demon Seed [directed by Donald Cammell and featuring Julie Christie] about an evil computer that terrorises someone in their home. I remained behind a cushion for most of it but the weird electronic noises were incredible. It also led me to believe as a child that all electronic keyboards and drum machines were evil.

The first record I ever bought was…
Drowning In Berlin by The Mobiles. I remember watching Top of the Pops thinking this song sounded like it was from the future with the cold synths and hard drums. I also bought ABBA’s Super Trouper the following day. That pretty much still sums up my musical taste.

The last great record I listened to was…
John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts. He should have won Best International Male at the BRIT Awards. The Gus Gus production and his vocal are a match made in heaven.

The song I wish I’d written is… 
My Thief  by Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach. It’s a masterclass on how to write about heartbreak. Plus if I’d written it, I’d feel dead clever.

The song that makes me want to dance is…
Kym Sims’ Too Blind To See It. It still sounds fresh and this is the track I put on if I’m having a shit day. It’s all about the bounce.

The song that makes me cry is…
Nina Simone’s My Father. I came across this song not long after my father passed away. It makes me think of him and the dreams he never fulfilled.

The song that I know all the words to is…   
Prince’s Gett Off. Simply because it’s ridiculous and brilliant.

The song I want played at my funeral is…
Ghosts by Japan. To hell with all this let’s wear summer colours and celebrate someone’s life. I want folks bawling and crying at my funeral. Hopefully someone will throw themselves on my coffin for the drama of it all.

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