What is your favorite song to sing in the shower?

"Memory Babe" by The Boo Radleys.

What is your favorite lyric, and from what song?

"Woke up in another lifetime / It's a shame it's just not right now" from "Coast of Carolina" by Telekenisis.

Which song would you like to sing with The Killers?

I would love to sing "Human."

If you could meet any living musician or artist, who would you meet and why?

I would meet July Skies, a post-rock/shoegaze band from the U.K. that creates beautiful ambient soundscapes. I want to thank them for many nights of staying up late and reminiscing with their music.

If you could dedicate a song to your pet, which would it be and why?

I have a feisty cat back home that deserves "3 Fist Style" by Datsik for its old kung-fu lyric samples and heavy bass lines.

How would you describe Billy Joel in three words to someone who has never heard of him?

Demigod, lyricist and extraordinaire.

If you were to give a piece of advice to any artist, living or dead, what would the advice be and for whom?

For anyone recording: don't give into the loudness wars. Compressing the dynamic range that much kills the nuances that make listening to something like "Dark Side of the Moon" on a great hi-fi system such a spiritual experience.

If you could only listen to one soundtrack for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The soundtrack to "Blade Runner" by Vangelis. It's an ambient masterpiece.

What's the first concert you went to as a teenager with your friends?

Sesame Beats, a sketchy rave in South Central Los Angeles when I was a freshman in high school.

How would you title a song with the word Bowdoin in it?

"Bowdoin Basslines."

Best friendship song ever written?

It has to be "With a Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles.

Best concert you've ever been to?

Seeing Carl Cox two nights in a row at the Ultra Music Festival 10 Year Anniversary in 2007 was life-changing.

Name a song to which you do NOT know all the lyrics.

"Aces High" by Iron Maiden.

Best partner dance music?

Two-stepping to liquid drum n' bass.

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- Compiled by Mariya Ilyas.