On the tail of releasing debut full-length album Hanging Gardens, we asked Tyler Blake, one half of LA production duo Classixx: What was the first CD you bought?
The first CD I ever bought was Use Your Illusion 2 by Guns ‘N Roses but if I can cheat I’d say it was Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 because my older sister strategically bought 1 at the same time. When I got the CD, for better or worse, my sister and I probably thought G’nR were the coolest band in the world. We were really young so the aggressiveness of the music appealed to us but there was a swagger, flamboyance and almost feminineness to it in the way the Rolling Stones had but didn’t exist in other hard bands like Metallica. In that way, they caught my attention.
There was a lot of attention to detail in them during that period too. The performance aspect, aesthetic and style was nearly as important as the music. Plus, the music videos they made for those records were wildly far beyond anything anyone else was doing at the time as far as scope and scale goes. Like, the video for ‘Estranged’ literally has Axl Rose jumping off an aircraft carrier into the Pacific Ocean and getting saved by real dolphins, and then all the sudden Slash rises from the sea shredding while standing on the water like Jesus Christ. Like how fucking weird and crazy is that? And it’s 10 minutes long. To a little kid it was kind of mind blowing.
I don’t know how much that music has had an effect on Classixx’s music and I don’t really listen to it much anymore but I will say that it was probably the first time I thought about music being more than just music. My sister and I bought those CDs with our allowance as little kids ’cause we thought they were cool, and in turn made us cool. All the sudden I was buying this thing because it also represented style, aesthetic and concept. It’s kind of crazy to think about a 7-year-old thinking about that for the first time.