Ahead of next week’s PrettyFresh & BFI collaboration, called Sonic Cinema, we caught up with the Sunday Best curator and Radio One impresario. Recovering from ” The best Bestival in years” in his words, Rob is excited to be on the Southbank for our inaugural event.
On the original idea to re-score King Kong.
” I was looking at ways of making my radio show more interesting and audio/visual for the internet. The idea was to come up with a soundtrack for an imaginary show. The BBC liked the idea and wanted to do something for BBC4. They sent me a list of films and I chose King Kong. I remember watching it as a kid and thought why not…”
On the choice of tracks
“There’s some Pixies in there, a bit of Bruce Springsteen..A bit of dubstep, a bit of electronica. The soundtrack hasn’t stayed exactly the same each time. It keeps it interesting for me. ”
On why it’s a different experience.
I like the fact it’s a different discipline – I like sweaty clubs and festivals of course, but it’s more demanding, stressful and rewarding. You have to think more: people are watching the screen so I have to make sure of small things – like not putting a happy track on if someone is dying or whatever…”
On playing to the crowd.
It’s a bit ‘seat of the pants’ you could say – I’d say ‘free flowing’. Just like a DJ set really. It’s not that I’ve just pressed a button on a hard-drive. The disclaimer is, don’t expect military precision!
On doing it at the home of cinema.
I’ve done it twice now – in Manchester and recently in Jersey – both brilliant, alternative events. Bringing it to the BFI Southbank is a bit “Oh dear – better make it work then…”. It’s a privilege to be doing it here – I’m feeling a bit dwarfed by the surroundings but luckily I’m standing alongside King Kong to help me out…”
There was loads more, but that’s your lot for now… come to the event where there will be a Q&A between Tayo and Rob before and after the screening, as well as a chance for questions from the audience. We will also be playing music in the Benugo Bar & Kitchen afterwards til 1am.
Tickets are still available from the BFI Southbank site – See you next week…