The political protest song has been declared dead by many over the last few years, while other suggest that it has simply taken a different form in recent years. When referencing the epitome of the form, many cite Bob Dylan, which is exactly what RJ Thompson has done in response to the crazed current political situation. While he ponders Trump, Putin, Brexit and the many other world woes, we asked him to take us on a trip down musical memory lane.
What song reminds you most of your childhood?
Ticket to Ride by The Beatles.
Which song inspired you to become a musician/singer?
Difficult to know really… I started playing the drums when I was 4 or 5. In terms of songs that inspired me to start writing music, I would say it was any song from U2’s Achtung Baby.
Which song do you wish you had written?
Thunder Road by Springsteen.
Which artist/band has been the most inspirational to you?
Springsteen, Dylan, Ryan Adams… classic singer songwriters mainly. Although I also grew up listening to Michael Jackson and The Beatles.
Which song/album currently dominates your attention?
Randomly, and this may go against what you’d expect me to say, but I’m a bit obsessed with the musicianship and sounds of the new Bruno Mars record. Not usually my thing, but I love that album.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Springsteen, without a doubt.