Beacon of bass-heavy British club culture, Hervé chats to The 405 about his major musical influences. The one man rave factory shares his memories of utilitarian electronic beats, pensive electronic moods and dance floor bangers.

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Kraftwerk – Man Machine

I think I was five when I first heard this. I was entering a fancy dress contest as a robot, my mum had made an amazing costume for me, and my dad slung a cassette player around my neck (under the costume) with 'we are the robots' recorded repeatedly across side A of a c90. I think it blew my tiny mind a little. It's definitely when I first really got into electronic music

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

I first heard this through a friend at school and instantly liked it and went and bought the album. It's so sonically unique, which is what always draws me into an album. It has a special quality for me because I can listen to it again and again and it always entertains with its woozy messy mysterious originality. It's hard to be an original guitar-based band but they did it 100%.

Aphex Twin – Ambient Selection Volume 1

Another artist I got into when I was at school and would listen again and again to and from school. It was so electronic but so emotional, you could really drift off to it and not realize how far you had walked or how much time had passed. No matter what the season it always was a great soundtrack, cold snowy mornings or walking past corn fields as the sun sets at the end of summer. He lost me for a while with all the speed breakbeat/jungle stuff. It sounded a bit like a joke and I don't like comedy records; but he won me over again with 'Windowlicker'.

Harold Budd and Brian Eno - The Pearl

It was through my parents that I got into Roxy Music and Brian Ferry. When I was about thirteen/fourteen I started to discover more about Brian Eno and what he was about; around the same time my eldest brother bought home a Harold Budd album called The White Arcades. They both made great solo albums but this one in particular has one of my favourite bits of music on it 'A Stream With A Bright Fish'. I love the otherworldly quality to the music and its very relaxing to listen to especially on the beach or in my garden on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.

Burial – Untrue

I'm not sure this album influenced me, however its electronic melancholy did affect me. I just thought it was wonderful and so mysterious. It gave me that same sense of something sounding new and unique like when I first heard Aphex Twin. Another album that stood up to repeated listening. He found an original voice, which is so hard to achieve. It reminds me of driving through rainy London in the back of a mini cab at night.