Taste Test: Guy Chappell-Lawrence

4 April 2012 | 8:14 am | Cassandra Fumi

The first album I bought with my own money
The first album I bought with my own money was when I was 11 and it was From The Muddy Banks Of Wishkah by Nirvana. It was one of their live albums. I also bought Smash by The Offspring at the same time. I remember my drum teacher being like, “Man, you have to get these two albums, they'll blow your mind” and they did and turned me on to rock music as opposed to just what my parents listened to.

The album I'm loving right now
Nostalgia by Frank Ocean is pretty awesome. He has released it for free on his website and it's sort of gone viral on the net now. It's a mixtape and has everything from Jay-Z to Kayne. I really like R&B from the early '90s and I think he is sort of doing that in a cool way. I'm all about making R&B cool again.

My favourite party album
Smash by The Offspring is probably one of them. I think Astro Creep by White Zombie is also really good. We party to these albums before we play, when we're in the car to and from gigs… usually to keep people awake because they are falling asleep in the back seat.

My favourite comedown album
I looked at the albums I have listened to most on my iTunes and Moon Safari by Air has had an absolute blasting over the past ten years since it came out. And lately I've been listening to Le Voyage Dans La Lune: A Trip To The Moon; Air re-scored a movie that came out in 1901 and it's just been released. It's absolutely amazing. So they are probably the two best comedown albums I can think of.

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The first gig I ever attended
I went to the Big Day Out with my dad when I was about 13 or 14 and saw Marilyn Manson and Korn – that was pretty amazing at the time. I think dad was trying to get on board, but I was a big [Manson] fan back then. I had all his t-shirts and what-not.

Weirdest gig experience I've had
Oh, I don't… it's hard to think of just one… I think it was when we were playing in Melbourne at the Prince with Hunting Grounds, who we're touring with again at the moment. At the Christmas show at the Prince, a girl was on stage dancing up against the drummer; she was really just pushing him around and he was like, 'I'm not gonna take this', so lightly pushed back. There were lots and lots of people on stage so he couldn't really see what was going on. She turned around, lifted up her dress, pulled down her underwear and pissed all over his leg on stage. That was certainly pretty weird.

Biggest non-musical influences
I am a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino. I was thinking the other night though, that I have seen so many good Cameron Crowe films but I don't think he gets quite the props he deserves, so him too. I am a huge movie buff. I like Tarantino's fresh take on the genres and the way he melds bits of music and odd visuals together. Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill 1 are my favourites, I guess like everyone else.

The coolest person I've ever met
A dude I met at my cousin's 21st, his name was Corey and he was a brand awareness agent for Nike. He could seriously talk the leg off a chair and everything he said was fantastically interesting. He worked for Nike going to nightclubs and nice restaurants to start conversations with people and introducing Nike into the conversation. He would leave shoes for people in their size and do sneaky things like that and that was his job. Immediately after meeting him, I desperately wanted some Nikes and literally ran out of the party to buy some; I bought some vintage, '80s style remake high tops.

Biggest celebrity crush I've had
I've never sort of been star-struck by anyone I've met but I did feel a little bit of a boner when I met Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Falls in Tasmania a few years ago. She just never stops moving and is always dancing around, doing handstands. She is super manic, drop dead gorgeous and makes amazing music.

The most surprising record in my collection
I recently dusted off Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. I don't even know how I ended up with it. I think I got it as a present. I'm going to say I got it as a present.

If I could hang out in any time and place in history
It would be a toss-up between New York in the '70s to go to Studio 54 or Paris in the '20s. After seeing Midnight In Paris, It reminded me of all the great art that came out of that period. I actually did six months of an art degree and was going to be painter before I became a DJ. I would basically love to hang out with Picasso and Hemingway.

If I wasn't making music...
I'd probably be working at KFC or Taco Bell or a combination of KFC and Taco Bell. Before I was DJ I was teaching drums, so I'd probably be doing that.