In listening back to this episode with my guest Mike Lloyd I was reminded of John Miles 1976 hit “Music”. It’s not a track I particularly like musically but I have always loved the sentiment in the lyrics:
“Music was my first love, and it will be my last, music of the future, music of the past”.
It’s very clear that those lyrics apply to Mike, and in this episode, he takes us on his journey since the 70’s to seek out fun, interesting, innovative and challenging music, that at times has also been a guide and a moral compass for him.
He now lives in London, with his wife Carmen and close to his two children Roslyn & Rees. Originally from Llanelli in Wales, Mike has travelled to over 30 countries during his career and had stints living in Brussels and San Paulo. All that travel has influenced his musical tastes and during our chat I believe he touches on more categories of music than any other previous guest.
Mike is a deeply curious technologist and writer with a lifelong passion for learning. In 2013 he launched his own business https://www.learn-tech.io/ with the goal of making the complex simple and democratising deep technology.
In addition to music Mike loves science, culture, modern art, and cinema. Being Welsh, rugby is inevitably added to that list.
Mike’s song choices are:
60’s Led Zeppelin Ramble On
70’s The Who Love Reign O’er Me
80’s New Order Blue Monday
90’s Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club
00’s Elsa Soares Mas Que Nada
10’s Tom Jones Did Trouble Me
20’s Roslyn Lloyd Wait & See
In addition we also played out with “Eclipse” from Pink Floyd.
Mike's wide ranging taste in music is represented in this Spotify Playlist which contains a song from every artist mentioned in the episode.