High 5, with Ross Whyte

Electronic musician Ross Whyte and Gaelic singer Alasdair Whyte join forces for a selection of new arrangements of traditional Gaelic songs and original compositions, accompanied by projected images. Performing at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Thursday, 5 May, their combination of ambient soundscape, abstract visuals and traditional vocals promises a unique aural and visual experience

AAA caught up with Ross Whyte for a quick chat ahead of Thursday’s gig…

 

number1 Favourite Film

 

It changes all the time, but at the moment, I’d say Orson Welles’ adaptation of The Trial. Visually, it’s like stream of consciousness, almost like Alice in Wonderland, and Anthony Perkins is amazing as Josef K. It’s one of those films that you can choose to get really deeply engaged in, or just let wash over you like a weird dream.

 

number2Favourite Single

 

The first single I ever owned was the theme tune to Twin Peaks.  I was pretty young at the time, but I remember liking that it had this sickly-sweetness to it, but with something a lot darker going on underneath – a lot like the show itself.

 

number3Favourite Album

 

It’s very difficult to pick one, but maybe Boys For Pele by Tori Amos.  That album changed my life.  It’s pure, visceral, terrifying, heartbreaking, uplifting, timeless and was a huge influence on how I play and write for piano.  Nothing else sounds like it.

 

number4Favourite Gig

 

Maybe Radiohead at T in the Park in 1996.  It was pre-OK Computer, so most of the songs they played were from The Bends.  It was a flawless performance.  Plus, I’ve never seen so many grown men crying in one place before or since.

 

number5Favourite Book

 

It would probably have to be Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  It’s one of the most life-affirming things I’ve ever read.  A beautiful, beautiful book.

 

Ross Whyte and Alasdair Whyte play the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Thursday, 5 May. For tickets, visit www.tracscotland.org