My Life In Music: J. Willgoose Esq. (Public Service Broadcasting)

The first record I ever bought

The first one I can remember buying was a cassette copy of Nik Kershaw’s The Works from a service station garage somewhere. Possibly Trinity Road in Tooting.

The first gig I ever went to

Oasis at Earl’s Court, 1995.

The first song I ever performed

Hmmmm. Good question. As PSB it would’ve been ‘Introduction (Let Yourself Go)’, which was a fun one we used to start with.

One song I wish I wrote

So many! Today let’s say ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill Withers.

One song I wish was never made

I don’t like to be negative (in public!) about other people’s music as we’re all trying to do the same thing really. Having said that I recently watched a ‘live’ video of David Guetta doing ‘If You’re Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands’. I don’t think the world would be a worse place without that, to be honest.

I first fell in love with music when

I’ve always loved music for as long as I can remember, but Oasis and Definitely Maybe were what made me want to learn the guitar.

A song I can’t get out of my head at the minute

As soon as I read this question I instantly started singing (mentally) ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by The Human League… no reason. Let’s say that then.

A record which reminds me of a specific time and place

Nearly every record reminds me of somewhere or some time, particularly if I’ve listened to it while travelling. The War On Drugs album reminds me of basically passing out on planes last year on tour. I’d put it on a loop and doze off, mid-terror (I hate flying). It was a life-saver and means a lot to me even though I still haven’t really heard it while awake!

Music allows me to

I don’t want to say something horrifically pretentious – that’s normally for actors – but I don’t think I’d be happy without it. I can’t not make music or I become quite depressed. It has to come out.

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