In celebration of our 'Albums of the Year' list we decided to get in contact with all the artists on our top 30 for a short Q&A. We sent them all the same five questions, from what their favourite album of the year is, to what they'd change about their album.

Every day during the voting period we'll post a couple of these interviews so that you can get to know the artists a bit better.

Remember, you can vote on your favourite album of the year here.

Looking back on the album, how do you feel about it? Is there anything you'd change about it?

Looking back I kind of wish I had gone further with the ideas on the record. Player Piano was meant to be a sort of small scale/musicbox answer to Seek Magic which was more of a grand sonic landscape sort of LP. There was a certain level of hesitation around me, and I think I gave in to it more than I'd of liked. If the people who didn't like or understand Player Piano really, really hated it...I think I'd feel like it was a more successful record.

Tell us something about the album, or the recording of the album, that isn't common knowledge!

Well what seems lost on most people is the sarcasm. I've seen a lot of commentary on how sunny and bright the record is (which is true) but the point was that it be sort of devoid of genuine emotion. The record was meant to be like a flawed mannequin sat at a false beach; very UP but with something definitely missing.

What's your favourite album of 2011?

I really loved the Terius Nash 1977 record. I'm a huge fan of The-Dream and that record kind of did away with some of the things I don't like about his stuff while adding a more human element. His "down to earth" personae is still pretty hilariously unrelatable to me but that's part of the charm.

What's the best thing you've done this year, besides releasing the album?

Growing my family.

What are your plans for 2012?

Several new releases...