Each week, a leading musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s Chelsea fan Taka Hirose (above, left), of Feeder fame…
1. You’re on a desert island and can have one album with you and one item of football memorabilia – what do you take?
Anything by Bob Marley and I’d want to wear a Chelsea shirt, of course.
2. Number one song or your club top of the league?
Tough! But Chelsea have been champions a few times, so now it’s our time with a number one song.
3. Which football manager do you think would make the best music artist?
Claudio Ranieri could be good with Opera.
4. Would you rather record a Bond theme or the World Cup’s official song?
It’s a tough choice, but it might be a Bond theme. You don’t hear the World Cup song often these days, do you? There isn’t much excitement with England team at the moment, either.
5. Which footballer would you record a song with?
Eric Cantona. Let’s just say that it would be interesting.
6. What was the first single you bought?
‘In The Navy’ by Village People. Ha ha!
7. And what was the first football match you went to?
Chelsea v Newcastle. I saw Zola, Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer – so many greats were playing.
8. Who is your music idol?
Bob Marley, James Brown, David Bowie…
9. And who’s your all-time favourite footballer?
Gianfranco Zola. He was part of the reason I started to support Chelsea. Class on and off pitch.
10. What’s the greatest moment you’ve experienced as a football fan?
I was watching AC Milan v Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final on TV on my own and AC Milan won. When Paolo Maldini lifted the trophy, they played Feeder’s ‘Feeling A Moment’ at the stadium! I could not believe it. I was so excited, but no one was at home. So, I couldn’t share my excitement with anyone. Doh!
11. If your club could sign any player in the world TODAY, who would you want that to be? (Please be realistic!!)
Messi!? It can be realistic with Chelsea! Or maybe not… But you must love to have Messi in your team, innit?!
Feeder release their brand new album, ‘All Bright Electric’, on 30 September 2016. See feederweb.com