Recently, we shared a wild and extremely fun Baeble NEXT session we did with English folk-rockers Crystal Fighters
. Anyone who's a fan of the band or watched their session (if you haven't yet, check it out!) knows that they wear their many influences on their sleeves, pulling in sounds from a wide array of cultures and genres spanning across the globe. Since there are so many inspirations behind the band's lovably upbeat sound, we took the chance to ask members Sebastian Pringle and Gilbert Vierich which five artists are essential to making Crystal Fighters who they are today.
Here's a quick rundown of their picks, along with videos so you can hear them yourself:
1. Ricardo Villalobos
This pioneering DJ/producer became known for his long, bombastic, and explosive style of electronic music, and helped inspire the band to get a little crazy with their own work.
2. MF Doom
The famously elusive, masked MC has always had a small but incredibly loyal fanbase, and Pringle and Vierich both count themselves as proud followers. Known for his many different stage names, collaborations, and personas, Doom has always brought a theater element to Hip-Hop better than anyone else in the game, and you can definitely see that idea of putting on a grand show in Crystal Fighters' own performances.
3. Frank Zappa
You can't call yourself a fan of musical experimentation without mentioning the father of experimental rock himself. Frank Zappa built his entire career of doing the unexpected with his music, so anyone who likes to blend genres and styles should have him on the influences list.
4. Luzmila Caprio
This Bolivian folk singer is a perfect example of how sticking to your roots can create something truly special. Caprio found widespread success by composing music in the style of her indigenous ancestors rather than trying to adapt to modern times, and the result is unlike anything else being made today.
5. Daniel Owino Misiani
This Tanzanian musician is widely credited with creating "benga," a unique mix of dance and folk music that's completely unique to Kenya. You might never have heard of Misiani until now, but a quick listen to his work will prove just how many artists owe their careers to him, from Paul Simon to Vampire Weekend to, as they point out themselves, Crystal Fighters.