I often see people wearing headphones as they are going about their day and wonder what they are listening to. It's easy to make assumptions based on appearance but I'm sure they are not always correct.
The other day we had some friends round for a meal, so put the iPod on party shuffle and left it to do it's thing whilst we relaxed and enjoyed ourselves.
Our guests were quite surprised at the variety of sounds filling the room.
As a classical musician you would expect Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, as a guitarist, they weren't surprised to hear Pepe Romero and Paco De Lucia, they weren't even too shocked at The Beatles, Pat Metheny or Ravi Shankar, (Robin does own a sitar and there are plans to do some recording with it at some point in the future).
They were most surprised by Steely Dan, Shakira, Billy Cobham and Black Eyed Peas. I don't know why really. As I've said before it is essential for musicians to listen to all styles of music to give a more rounded performance. Classical musicians particularly are often required to play in many different styles, so it can only help to be truly eclectic.
Anyway, I must go and ask him to turn down the Arctic Monkeys a bit...
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman