We recently featured “Rise” by James Atkin on our New Music Radar, a song from his third upcoming solo album entitled Popcorn Storm. James was kind enough to follow up that mini-feature by answering our batch of DISARMing questions that discuss music, art, travel, and the journey to becoming a musician.

This is what James shared with us.

What artists are you listening to right now?

The Chemical Brothers new album releases.

What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?

I think it was a Slade album my dad brought home for me when I was 10 years old.

Do you prefer Vinyl, CD, Cassettes, or streaming?

I seem to just stream these days unfortunately. The decks get an airing every so often, but usually just to play the old vinyl I collected in the 80s and 90s.

What are your favourite bands?

The Smiths/New Order/The Cure

Why do you live where you do?

Peace and quiet. Little action but it keeps me out of trouble.

What is your favourite journey?

The train journey from Moscow to Leningrad/St. Petersburg

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday?

Bloody Marys and techno music, sat out on the patio.

What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?

Headphones and a good audio book.

What is your dream vacation if money was no object?

An American road trip I guess.

What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?

Walk, walk, and walk.

What inspired you to take up music?

My dad singing me to sleep with rebel folk song.

What was your most memorable day job?

Massage parlor in West London.

What advice should you have taken but didn’t?

Buy houses and not drugs.

Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would the menu be?

Whitney Houston

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Gru from Despicable Me

What was the best live gig or music festival you attended (as a fan or artist)?

Early 80s Glastonbury’s when we were kids – Hawkwind, Gong, etc…

What are your “must” read magazines, news, websites, blogs?

‘Acid house experience – community’ FB page. Great threads and posts of old tunes and rave stories.

Name something you consider a mind-altering work of art.

Love ‘Jamie Reid’ (Sex) Pistols artwork pieces.

K Foundation antics over the years.

What does the next 6 months look like for you?

Getting to grips with turning 50 years old.

Which musician rule do you agree with? Always meet your heroes or never meet your heroes? 

Neil Young – I haven’t met him yet so can’t comment. I once met Bowie but was so rapped up in my own stupid importance at the time that I never valued it sadly.

Thanks James!

Pre-order Popcorn Storm HERE.