One month after spending—and I’m not kidding—about $10,000 on vintage drum machines, I stumbled across FunkBox. It’s an app that replicates the sound of every vintage drum machine known to man. I swear to you, once you’re playing the app’s sounds in the studio, on big speakers, you cannot tell the difference. So now I’ve got about 10 grand worth of drum machines that nobody wants to buy.
I wasn’t a fan of the big Beats by Dre headphones—they sounded terrible. But the Powerbeats earbuds , the new sporty ones, are actually amazing. Unfortunately, they’re all wireless and I can’t work with wireless. The Bluetooth is too frustrating to connect. Just give me a wire I can stick into something.
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I try not to buy guitars off the internet, because you’ve got to hold them in your hands first, you know? My favorite electric guitar is the one I bought in the 1990s, a 1960 Gibson 355. I don’t play it so much nowadays because I’m making a different kind of music. Right now I’m often playing a Nash Jazzmaster, but on the EPs that I’ve been working on, I play a copy of the Edge’s 1974 Fender Stratocaster. It’s quite f—ing amazing. It’s one of the best guitars I’ve ever played in my life.
I had a laptop, but I got so frightened that if I hit the wrong button rockets would launch over Ukraine or something, that I sent it away. The iPad I have now is fantastic, and I discovered the best app that’s ever been invented. It’s called djay and it’s not even that expensive. You just put all your music into it, and then, if you’re having a party, you turn it on and just leave it, and its A.I. auto-DJs the entire evening for you.
I love to collect sunglasses. My favorite high-end pairs are from an American brand called Garrett Leight. Otherwise, the expensive ones I bought 10 years ago are all mainstream now, so I can get the same frames cheap at Harvey Nichols in London
—Edited from an interview with Jeff Slate
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