Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
When I first listened to this album I was probably under the age of five. My dad constantly played the Beatles in the house, in the car, really where ever we were we were listening to the Beatles. It wasn't until years later when I actually realized the significant impact Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band had on the way people composed and recorded pop music. From the incredible production work of George Martin, to the wonderful writing of the Lennon-McCartney team, to the psychedelic Indian influence of George Harrison, to the sophisticated simplicity of Ringo Starr's drumming; this is the album of albums.
Sky Valley by Kyuss
This is a pivotal album in my metal and rock career. This album introduced me to a different meaning of "wall of sound" that Phil Spector had introduced in the 60's. Instead of multiple tracks and final mixes drowned in reverb, it was now stripped down and completely back to basics. This wall of sound in Kyuss' is referring entirely to the guitar and the massive amount of fuzz and noise that I have tried to recreate countless times. Kyuss also inspired me to make all of my recordings from then on to be about the performance and to capture the sound almost as if the recording is completely live.
Foo Fighters and Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
Kanye West is my biggest influence when it comes to Hip Hop and the production and work that goes into it. This album was Ye's response to all of the backlash he had gotten for interrupting Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech to proclaim that he thought Beyonce had the one of greatest music videos of all time. Ye secluded himself to Hawaii and made what is arguably the best hip hop album ever. Yeezy is a known perfectionist and so much time was obviously put into the production and writing of this record. Every single song on this album has so many layers in the production. It also has such a lush sound that, at the time, was very uncommon in hip hop. Ye influenced the next generation which led to albums like Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City by Kendrick Lamar, Take Care by Drake, and Channel Orange by Frank Ocean.
Currents by Tame Impala
This album made me realize that pop music is not a bad thing. For at least a year, I tried to make music reflecting Kevin Parker's style of production and approach to recording. I would spend hours trying to find the perfect synth and drum sounds before finally being satisfied with them because of this album. This is another album that I might put in the realm of Sgt. Pepper's as a "perfect album."