This is the final part of the interview with Kilian Valkhof (from Lystener). As I always say… share and enjoy! (The first part is here)
MUSIC & YOU
When did you become interested in music? What was the first album or single you ever purchased?
I always liked music, and I believe the first single I bought was, shamefully, ‘candle in the wind’ by Elton John. I was 9 or so, then, and was very moved by it all. I redeemed myself with my first CD: Discovery by Daft Punk. Getting really into music only happened later a couple of years after that, when I started discovering bands via the internet that I really liked that you didn’t see on television.
Are you in a band yourself, or have you been in a band in the past? Is there a clip on YouTube or elsewhere we could watch?
Nope. I tried it with a couple of friends, but I’m just not musical enough. I own a guitar and dabble on it every now and then, but it’s nothing to write home about.
Musical likes and dislikes? Favorite artists?
Very diverse. Anything from folk to hip-hop, really, with some exceptions: R&B doesn’t do it for me, and the only time I tolerate dance music is in a club. I listen most to rock music, with my favorite artists consisting of Jack’s mannequin, Say anything, Third Eye Blind, Snow Patrol, Brand New.
To you, what is the role that lyrics actually play in contemporary music? Is that wrong or is that right?
It really depends on the artist. Some artists have lyrics to accompany the music, and some the other way around. I myself am drawn to more lyric-centric musicians, but it differs per person and per band.
If you had to name the song that moves you the most, what would it be? Can you pinpoint the reason why?
Pfew, thats a hard question. The one song that comes to mind is Hurt, but the version by Johnny Cash. There is so much emotion in the song, it sounds like he can break down at any moment, it’s very moving.
Is there a song that – to you – captures the spirit of your web app and what you have set out to do? What would it be?
I honestly couldn’t answer that. Lystener is like a little diddy, and I don’t know any diddy’s.
Thanks for the interview Emilio!
Thank you, Kilian!