The dream-pop babe on the songs that have shaped him.
It’s no secret that we’re slightly in love with Gus Dapperton. The hon from Warwick, New York has wowed us with his dreamy synth-pop sounds, dropping two incredible EPs – “Yellow and Such” and “You Think You’re A Comic!” – over the last year and fully establishing himself as one to watch out for.
Now with a headline show at The Garage approximately two minutes from selling out and several performances at this weekend’s The Great Escape festival set to catapult him into stardom, we got Gus to give us the lowdown on the songs he’ll be listening to on the flight over the pond…
The Beach Boys – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
I always enjoyed this song but I gained a new respect for it after learning about Brian Wilson. I think he is the epitome of a musical genius. He wrote the music for every instrument, directed each musician, and tailored the sound to create exactly what he heard in his head. He is a natural innovator. This song amazes me every time I listen to it.
Gene Wilder – “Pure Imagination”
This is my favorite song I often listen to it right before I perform. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite movies growing up. This song simply makes me feel like a child.
Spartacus – “Love Theme” (composed by Alex North)
I think to this day this is the best interpretation of love as a movement. I have been in love once or twice and it sounds like this. I think the fact that someone can capture pure emotion sonically is one of the only reasons that I make music. This theme proves that.
Michael Jackson – “Remember The Time”
The first time I heard this song I thought it would be the peak of any vocal performance ever. I think it still is. The improvisation at the end of the record is something that cannot be practiced or replicated. I love this song and when I listen to it I strive to be the best performer I can be.
Britney Spears – “Toxic”
Mostly everyone who knows me can attest that I listen to Britney Spears more often than not. I think she has a one of a kind voice and demeanour on camera. This song goes forever.
The Doobie Brothers – “What A Fool Believes”
This is an amazing arrangement and way, way ahead of its time. I still can’t believe it was released in 1978. I listen to this song almost every morning when I wake up. It clears my sonic palette before I start my day or start my night.