Vamps & ’choons – a Blood Bank Playlist!
Unlike most authors I know, I never listen to music while I write. It’s not that I don’t love music, I do! It’s just that I can’t listen and type at the same time for love nor money. My mind can’t process the two activities simultaneously. In fact, a lot of the time when I write, particularly in the summer when everyone’s outside and all the windows are open, I tend to write wearing earplugs. It’s my weird way of completely immersing myself in my made-up world.
Although I don’t listen while I’m actually writing, a lot of my ideas for characters come when I’m out walking, usually backwards and forwards to the supermarket or traipsing out the school run. I pretty much always have my headphones in, so there’s still a relationship there, even if it’s maybe not quite so obvious as actually belting out tunes while I write.
In Blood Bank’s case, music features quite prominently in the novel itself. There’s Ben’s 90s Indie fixation alongside the Grime soundtrack to life on the estate and in the club. Both genres of music that I enjoy, and that have the ability to make me feel like two different people when I listen to them.
There are always songs in my head for each of my characters, whether the songs themselves inspire them, or a new song on the radio makes me think of them. I’d love to know what you think of my choices, and whether you hear anything different when you read the book!
Blood Bank Playlist
(There are a couple of tracks featuring ‘explicit’ lyrics. As with the book itself, this isn’t one for younger readers/ears.)
1. Fools Gold - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSD11dnphg0
This is what I imagine Ben listening to as he walks through the estate and tries to block out all the sounds around him. A character out of his time, his taste in music just one more thing that alienates him.
2. Bassline Junkie (Explicit) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1gl46hh3sQ
This track’s the one I think of when I see the estate, and most of the people around Ben. Energy, anger and passion. An easy-going humour on the surface, with a dangerous aggression sitting just beneath.
Shut up (Explicit) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqQGUJK7Na4
As above. Pure Penrill. There’s an almost tribal fury in this one. A sharp, showboating warning.
4. Take Me To Church - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVjiKRfKpPI
Every time I hear this playing I imagine Zach driving to church, thoughts churning over and over in his head, desperate to see a way out for himself.
5. Human - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3wKzyIN1yk
6. No Good - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svJvT6ruolA
I always imagine Lucy playing this one, so angry at Zach before she has any idea what he’s going through.
7. Don’t Look Back In Anger - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8OipmKFDeM
Ben’s anthem. I think he tries so hard not to, but he wrestles with the still-human part of himself so hard…
8. Master of Puppets - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnKhsTXoKCI
This one’s all Viktor. I’m not sure he’d like the style, but I do think he’d appreciate the sentiment J
Feel free to contact me on Twitter if you have any other suggestions, and I’ll happily create a definitive playlist and make it public!
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