My favourite sounds

Much of the time, when I’m at home, I have nature sounds playing in the background. I particularly love the sound of the sea (I wish I lived right by the ocean, so I could hear it all the time). The sound of the sea, feels immersive. It’s like breathing. It’s life. Ceaselessly unique, powerful and beautiful.

Music has always been a very important part of my life. I grew up mainly in the 70s and 80s so the sounds of those times, are the soundtrack to my earliest memories.

Although these are not necessarily artists I listen to now, through my parents I remember artists like Elkie Brooks (my Mum loved Pearls), The Carpenters, Abba, Queen, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, 10cc, ELO.

I also spent a lot of my childhood watching covers bands in pubs and clubs (as well as later playing those covers myself). There were lots of those 50s, 60s & 70s standards played.

In my early teens I got heavy in rock and metal. I listened to bands like Black Sabbath (still one of my favourites), Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses. I grew out of much of that though. My formative years were spent listening to 90s music but more the trip hop, ambient kind.

Sometimes I find it difficult to listen to music because of the emotions I experience intensely. There’s a lot that makes me cry. I do love it when music gives me goosebumps though!

Some of my favourite artists

Cocteau Twins
Bjork
Portishead
Curtis Mayfield
Fela Kuti
Massive Attack
Davy Graham
Black Sabbath
The Orb
Santana
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Pink Floyd
The Velvet Underground
Transglobal Underground
Ravi Shankar
Tito Puente
Blondie
Alice Coltrane
Pharoah Sanders
Jefferson Airplane
The Specials
The Selecter
Joy Division
Funkadelic
Parliament
Everything But The Girl
Fleetwood Mac
Ozric Tentacles
Goat
The Cult
The Doors
Traffic
The 13th Floor Elevators
Max Romeo
King Tubby
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Spacemen 3
Spiritualized
Dick Dale
Leftfield
Aphrodite’s Child

Some of my favourite singers

Elizabeth Fraser
Beth Gibbons
Martina Topley-Bird
PJ Harvey
Deborah Harry
Siouxsie Sioux
Curtis Mayfield
Bjork
Stevie Nicks
Peter Green
Grace Slick
Tracey Thorn

Published by Siobhán (she/her)

Musician, singer, songwriter, producer. Singer and Bass Guitarist with psychedelic rock band The Elephant Trip. My solo project is called Fire Healer. I am transgender and use she/her pronouns.

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