A Musician's Reading List — Lennat Mak

Posted on January 27 2017

Hi Lennat! Tell us more about yourself.

Hello. My name is Lennat and I do all sort of music things. I play drums in Obedient Wives Club and NO PANTZ, manage TOMGIRL and in my spare time, hold a day job doing music marketing. Sometimes I wish that I had something else to say when being asked for a short biois music going to define my life? To answer my own question, I’ve long come to terms with that. It’s not too shabby a deal if you could define your life with songs, lyrics and everything in between. If I were to tell the truth, I am not fond of the music business at all. It’s too much unnecessary nonsense but necessary evil. But don’t we all have to play the game to win the game? I rather know the game play inside out to break the rules, than be the fool.

My biggest desire is to one day be able to play the piano and bang out a good jazz tune with a couple of awesome musician friends, nursing with a glass of whisky on the piano top with a dangling cigarette between my lips. Romanticisingthat's what I like to do a lot. Your life is not a movie, y’know, so advised some of my wiser friends. I’d like to think they are not paying closer attention to life than I do.

What are you currently reading?
The 50th Law by Robert Greene & 50 Cent

Can you recommend us your best five titles to us?

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk – Legs McNeil 
Our Band Could Be Your Life – Michael Azerrad
Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung – Lester Bangs
The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory – John Seabrook
Just Kids – Patti Smith

And why? 
Music will always be a subjective truth. Indie and punk music sound thrilling because of the life and times they were created in. There will always be romance in rock ’n’ roll even if you could only afford a lettuce sandwich, and making disposable pop music is harder than you think. Musicit’s fucking complicated, man.

What's one quote you live by?
To quote the film 'Almost Famous',
I always tell the girls never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously you never get hurt, if you never get hurt you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely just go to the record store and visit your friends.

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