The Sound Of Me

Colin Stetson

Music — this thing that is as much part of our life as it shapes it. Whether we’re going through the perks of early mornings or in search of the perfect catalyst to get a party started: we all have a mental playlist for specific memories and moments. Since here at Subbacultcha music is essential to our existence, we decided that from now on, every month, we’ll ask an artist to take some time to reflect on moments in life and the music that completed them. This month we’re asking Montreal-based saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Colin Stetson. 

A song for waking up

Almost every morning for the past fifteen years I’ve listened to this record first thing upon waking.  It is the perfect music to help a newly refreshed mind begin to engage with all the realities of another day. 

A song for working out

Meshuggah- Neurotica:  at the core of the incredible metric complexity of every Meshuggah song lies a basic driving pulse.  That pulse drives the body, while every inch of the mind is lit up by all the rest.

A song for relaxing

I am a man of habits, and nothing quite feels like home after the fatigue and exhaustion of a tour as that first day all to myself, a book, a view, and this album.

A song that makes you sad

It is a rare song that on every listen reliably brings tears to my eyes, rarer still, one that I’ve actually recorded on.  I believe this may be the only one. It is simply beautiful.

 A song for on the road

Listen to this song. You’re driving, the sun is nearly set, the air is just starting to cool after a long summer day, and your there just thinking and feeling…

A song for your funeral

A religious song for the nonreligious.  No one puts the sacred in the secular like Tom Waits.


Colin Stetson plays De Roma, Antwerp, 20 April. The show is free for members. Become one here.