(OneRepublic, slightly embarrassed at being deemed, “classic” — they’d have settled for, “an edgier Quiet Company”)
Though he draws the line at Stephen Jackson’s unspecified CD collection (“once I started hearing what they were saying and everything I just gave them back,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich tells NBA.com readers his musical faves include “Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Led Zepplin, those kind of guys”. You may or may not want to take age into account when judging the musical acumen of Houston F Royce White, who tells Rockets.com’s Jason Friedman he’s got a slightly different playlist in mind than Pop’s.
JCF: What have you been immersing yourself in musically of late?
RW: I’m really doing a lot of my own things right now. I think you’ll hear this from other people who are very creative: I’m really focused on blocking out all the popular things so that they don’t influence you and that you don’t just become another piece of the pop movement. Of course if your things are successful then they become popular, but it’s important to have your own identity. So I’m really trying to create my own identity without having too much influence.
I definitely listen to a lot of OneRepublic. Maroon 5 is one of my favorite bands and they just came out with a new album. Even though they have a new band member, he’s fantastic and it’s just a different Maroon 5. And I’m still into the Beatles. I’m really trying to go back and find unheard Beatles material now – that’s what I’m really into: the under the radar stuff; who was writing with them; who was helping them. So I’ve been trying to find that stuff out and then going to listen to those people’s music as well.
So I’ve just been digging, getting into music history – that’s what I’m into. But OneRepublic is always classic and Maroon 5 is obviously pretty good, too.