I just talked about this with a friend: the most inspiring moment I witnessed as a kid, was when I was about thirteen years old and I was watching Rock School on BBC2. It was an educational program where youngsters were being explained how to make music. In that particular episode there was a demonstration by Vince Clark [the original synth-player of Depeche Mode, later Yazoo and Erasure]. He was surrounded by synths and was making a track. It really was a eureka-moment. What I remembered the most was that there was a coffee mug on his computer, next to that a Happy Shopper-bag. I didn’t know this type of world existed. Here’s someone in a room full of synths, it looked like just his own fucking room, he’s drinking tea, he just went to a shop to get himself a cake, and he makes a track in five minutes. When I saw that I knew it: that’s the life I want! That excerpt is my biggest inspiration ever. Not that I didn’t like his music, I did, but I was mainly in love with his lifestyle. Making music from the security of your own room, that was my dream and I’ve realized that years ago.’
I think when you are truly stuck, when you have stood still in the same spot for too long, you throw a grenade in exactly the spot you were standing in, and jump, and pray. It is the momentum of last resort.