WARNING! This is SUPER long so I've divided it up into CAPS
SECTIONS for your reading pleasure. Just skip to whatever sections
you care about/interest you.
MUSIC (the big one):
As a music student, I'm surrounded by a wide expanse of music every
day. As such, my music taste is large and diverse (my iTunes
library, mostly consisting of music from CDs I own, is currently
sitting at around 11400 tracks - which comes to 34.8 days,
Despite this, a lot of my regular listening tends to be made up of
bands that could be considered Progressive Rock or Progressive
Metal. I have also become rather partial to Black Metal recently,
and I have enjoyed Industrial Rock and Metal for a while now.
Various rock and metal bands also hold appeal, from Stoner Rock to
Doom Metal to Funk Rock to Classic Rock to Noise Rock to Indie Rock
to Ska to... you get the idea.
Jazz Fusion is a recent love that I want to explore further.
Likewise with Free Jazz. When it comes to composers, I tend to be
mostly interested in Avant-Garde and Experimental ones,
encompassing both modernism and postmodernism, though I also have a
soft spot for the impressionists. Anything from Total Serialism to
Musique Concrete is fair game.
Soundtracks also have a place in my heart. TV series and film
soundtracks are good, but video game soundtracks really get me
If I had to pick a favourite band of all time it would have to be
the almighty King Crimson (yes, they are reforming, yes, I am
excited, yes, I will sell most of my organs to see them live). The
Norwegian band Shining are definitely up there too, though; they're
one of the most exciting bands making music today.
Devin Townsend, Ihsahn, Tool and Primus are all fantastic artists
that I keep a regular eye on throughout their all of their
projects. I will always have a soft spot for the other 'classic'
prog rock bands: Genesis, Yes, Focus, Emerson, Lake & Palmer,
etc. and I have the utmost respect and a lot of love for other
'classic' artists like David Bowie, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Rush,
Queen, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles.
Some of my favourite artists from times gone by are Madness, Franz
Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kyuss, Fightstar, Joe Jackson,
Muse, Stevie Wonder and Nine Inch Nails. Some other totally awesome
bands are Melt-Banana, Meshuggah, Electric Wizard, Gorillaz,
Igorrr, Daft Punk and the Eurythmics. There are plenty more that I
John Zorn is another major inspiration for me. Few composers match
up to him in my books and his work with Naked City, Painkiller and
Masada is sublime. The soundtracks for the Christine Love games
Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus, by Isaac Schankler are
exquisite and get frequently played on my iTunes. However, the all
time greatest soundtracks go to the Ace Attorney games, composed by
Masakazu Sugimori, Akemi Kimura and Noriyuki Iwadare.
Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Karlheinz Stockhausen,
Pierre Boulez, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Benjamin Britten, Steve
Reich, Philip Glass, Gustav Holst and Claude Debussy are all people
whose music I need to explore more because I love what I know of
theirs but I just don't know enough.
You could just check out my last.fm... I mean, come on, it'll show
you exactly what I've been listening to:
Note: If you make a blanket statement such as "I don't like metal",
chances are I won't take you seriously. Make that double if you
only listen to one or two narrow genres of music. Music is my life
so being able to talk about it in its many forms is extremely
important to me.
I used to be an avid reader of fantasy but have acquired a taste
for more "serious" (I use the word tentatively) books. My favourite
authors at the moment are Milan Kundera and J. G. Ballard, though
I'm also starting to enjoy Franz Kafka, Anthony Burgess and James
This is definitely a section that could and should be expanded by
it's such a daunting task that I shall leave it for now.
TV AND FILM:
Avid Formula 1 watcher. Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean and Valtteri
Bottas are my favourite drivers. Also love Kevin Magnussen, Sergio
Perez, Kamui Kobayashi and Felipe Massa. Go McLaren, Lotus,
Williams and Force India!
I love a bit of Doctor Who, Sherlock and numerous Anime, especially
Neon Genesis Evangelion. I'm about to start Game of Thrones; wish
I love comedy shows, like Monty Python, Black Books, Fry and
Laurie, The Mighty Boosh and Spaced. Can't go wrong with panel
shows either: QI, Buzzcocks, HIGNFY. I'm also partial to a number
of solo comedians and stand-ups like Bill Bailey, Tim Minchin, Ed
Byrne and Michael McIntyre.
I enjoy most films I see, but most don't stick in my mind if I'm
particularly honest, and I haven't been watching that many
recently. If I had to name a favourite, at the moment it would
probably be Pulp Fiction. However, I also love Inception, the
Avengers, Hard Candy, the Rush Hour series and the Cornetto Trilogy
(Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World's End).
Doesn't ask about video games but I'll say anyway; I love RPGs
mostly (my favourite game series is the Elder Scrolls), also
partial to specific fighters and driving games (Soul Calibur and
Gran Turismo respectively). Love lots of Nintendo games. Not a huge
fan of shooters unless they contain a lot of story or RPG elements
e.g. Bioshock, Farcry series. Though L4D2 with friends is
hilarious. I enjoy RTS games but am terrible at them. I also enjoy
Turn Based Strategy games and Grand Strategy games, and am
significantly better at them than RTSes.
BOARD GAMES AND RPGs:
I am a huge fan of board games and tabletop RPGs, as well as card
games (both based around the 52 card pack and TCGs). I play a fair
bit of DnD or similar (e.g. Pathfinder) with friends, but not as
much as I would like since being at university. Skype is a
wonderful tool in that respect.
I love playing (proper) Mahjong. I have my own set and all. I will
happily play any board game, but challenge me to a game of the
Nasty Horse Racing Game and expect no mercy. I've recently become
rather partial to Cards Against Humanity (again, I have my own
I've become a deft hand at cooking Chinese style food, because of
my love of it. Nothing can quite beat a proper Chinese takeaway
I love curry, particularly because of the Caribbean side of the
family, whose special recipe I have learnt for myself and is well
loved by my housemates when I decide to cook the house a meal. I
will occasionally stoop to a takeaway version, though, as it has
its own charm.
I don't eat tomato or cheese, partially because my body doesn't
like them, partially because I don't. That doesn't stop me from
enjoying a barbeque pizza without cheese or meaty spaghetti
Most seafood is absolutely fantastic. I love trying different and
new fish, and prawns, scallops and scampi are all delicious. I
can't stand oysters though... My favourite meat is duck but I like
most meats. Couldn't live without bacon. Slow cooked red meat is a
secret love of mine.
I love chocolate, cakes, marzipan and sweet things in general. I
have a horrific sweet tooth but also enjoy extremely rich dark
chocolate, both in solid bar and hot drink forms.