Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Musical Motivation: Mike Koster

As one half on When 'Airy Met Fairy, Mike Koster has got music critics applauding him for his dreamy melancholic sounds. Having just released their second studio album, When 'Airy Met Fairy have proven that they are far from just a one album wonder. However, what sounds have helped shape their own. We caught up with Mike to found out what songs make him...



Smile

Led Zeppelin - The Ocean

This mighty groove doesn't leave any doubt, life is good when you listen to it.

Contemplate

Morphine - The Night

Mark Sandman had already died before I bought this album, it's one of the few songs where everything flows together so perfectly, I still listen to it very often and I am this will be a classic like Led Zeppelin... you can feel it in your bones... Light a candle, play this song and watch how perception of time and the atmosphere in the room changes.

Cry

Asaf Avidan - Everybody (In a Box version)

Love relationships are one of the most complicated things I have experienced, and yet they seem so easy (when everything is fine). It is inevitable that you are down and out once in a while, and then this song will help you cry.

Laugh

Flight of the Conchords - Hurt Feelings

This is my kind of humour. Everybody is complaining about everything but nobody cares about the feelings of the rappers. Rappers have feelings, please respect them.

Want to work out

Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now

This song is better than steroids. Seriously, with that song on the stereo I can easily do 7 push ups... compared to 4 when I do listen regular stuff, like the Spice Girls or Phil Collins.

Reminisce

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Sorrowful Wife

Oh dear. I am a divorced man. Does that explain it ?

Relax

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - Magnolia Mountain

I really like Ryan Adams, whatever he does turns out to be brilliant in it's own way. His ability to translate emotions into songs. To me, he is one of great song writers of our time.

Feel Determined

Ben Harper - With My Own Two Hands

This song helped me a lot to get things done. I can't remember how many times is cleaned my flat with that song on repeat. Ben Harper is the guy who wrote a big part of the soundtrack of my youth life. I met him once at festival where we also played and he's such a nice guy. He even put a button of my former band on his shirt before going on stage.