Next up on Quick Fire is Sweetshop director Nicolas Jake Davies, know for his rich stories and highly cinematic and emotive work across film, television, commercials and music videos, working for brands including Barclays, Mailchimp, Google & Nike!
His work has won a host of awards including a prestigious Grierson for Channel 4 documentary, 'Payday', along with nominations at the Grammy Awards and MTV VMA's for Mumford & Sons acclaimed documentary 'The Road to Red Rocks'!
Nicolas sets our tongues wagging as his latest feature film, 'Rudeboy', which documents the story of Trojan Records - one of Britain's first multicultural pop movements, picks up rave reviews across the festival circuit and gets our firm approval around the office!
Nicolas gives us the low down on what he's been listening to recently, his favourite album cover, and what he can't live without, here on Quick Fire 15...
1. What bands or artists are you listening to most right now?
Idles & The Beatles.
2. What was the first record you bought?
If you see ‘record’ as an album, the answer is Guns n' Roses ‘Appetite for Destruction’, if you see ‘record’ as a single, the answer is ‘Always on my Mind’ by the Pet Shop Boys. I had range at 10 years old!
3. What radio station do you listen to?
I listen to podcasts more than the radio. Music-wise, I like 'Song Exploder', 'All Songs Considered' on NPR, ‘Soundtracking' with Edith Bowman and I love ‘Disgraceland’.
4. What was the last gig you saw?
I’m currently at Austin City Limits Festival working so by the time you read this the answer could be Guns n' Roses (again) or with a bit of luck Childish Gambino.
5.Favourite album cover?
Elvis Presley 'Elvis Presley'.
6. Favourite movie and soundtrack?
If it's movie and soundtrack together I cannot choose between ‘Rocky' and ‘Trainspotting’.
7. Favourite music video?
'Weapon of Choice’, Fatboy Slim.
8. What's your go to Karaoke song?
'Dancing in the Dark' by Bruce Springsteen, although I do a pretty good 'Gangsta’s Paradise', too.
9. What song gets you on the dance floor?
'Proud Mary', Ike & Tina Turner.
10. If you could direct a music video for any artist/band, who would it be?
I just asked if I could pitch to do one for Kano.
11. Film director idol?
Alfonso Cuarón. I had the chance to interview him when I just started out and it was properly brilliant for me. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious and it made me want to quit what I was doing and do something better.
12. What can’t you live without?
My kids, and giant chocolate buttons.
13. What did you last have to eat?
A cinnamon bun.
14. What are you reading at the moment?
I’ll be honest - Mikhail Gorbachev’s biography.
15. Anything you want to tell us about?
Not after admitting what I'm currently reading, ha.