DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Takar Nabam
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Takar Nabam sat on the beach. The island is far from his home, so how did he end up here and how did he cope with life on Devil's Island?
Find out now...
Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.
You're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
In that case, I probably wouldn’t have much time to make up my mind on one single record. Although I wouldn’t mind picking up John Mayer’s Continuum, which is my one of my all time favourites. From songs like Stop This Train to Waiting on the World to Change to Bold as Love, this record has it all, and I really enjoyed all those variations. With no help at the Devil’s island, I’d probably listen to Gravity or Heart of Life to feel a bit calmer.
Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?
Ah a palm tree! Never thought I’d have to put up a poster on one of those. I’d probably go with Anderson Paak’s Album, Malibu. If you look at that poster, it shows Anderson Paak playing the piano in the middle of the ocean with all different kinds of stuff around him. So if I can somehow look at that poster and put myself in that creative zone it would be pretty cool. I’d rather write a few more songs like this than feeling depressed about getting stuck!
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
So I’m getting a tropical, yet a spooky vibe about this Devil’s Island. I think I’ll just keep my expectations very simple and choose a beer for my stay, I guess it would at least help me fight the devil inside me while I’m there!
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?
Probably a beer mug by The Derek Trucks band for the beer for my stay at the Devil’s island. I remember picking up one of their beer mugs at their show in New York in 2019.
You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
I’d probably get really irritated seeing them for far too long and the devil inside of us would come out very soon, which would be a total chaos! So I’d rather prefer to be with my other better half, my wife, who I can spend the rest of my life with without a speck of doubt! I know She’d kick the Devil’s butt quite well. 😉
There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?
Guns N Roses Live Era ’87 - ’93. I literally grew up listening to this record for I don’t how many times over and over again. This record has some of the most well recorded performance of that band when they were in their peak moment.
You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
My message would probably be like “Home, where my love lies waiting silently for me, help me!” to Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel.
You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?
Well Since I’m mainly a solo Artist and I have other Session Artists who play with me, it would probably be the keyboard player! Sorry Mr. Keyboardist. We’d still be able to survive with a bassist, drummer and myself for the rest of our days.
Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?
It would probably be the guitarist Derek Trucks, whose playing and approach taught me that less is more and that it’s not really about proving oneself on the instrument, but rather using it to say something that really means something to you.
Thanks for your time. We hope you get back to dry land before you're next due out on tour!
I started getting used to the Devil’s Islands way of life, Hah! But thank you for having me.