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Phoenix's Thomas Hedlund Outside NYC's Legendary Apollo Theater


Fast Tracks

With Phoenix’s Thomas Hedlund

By Heather Smith

I caught up with French band Phoenix’s Swedish drummer Thomas Hedlund at the band’s May concert at NYC’s legendary Apollo Theater. I asked him, what music he was listening to, and what made each track special. Here’s what he had to say.

- "Ffunny Friends" by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

"Such an awesome groove. I also love the sound of the drums, the hi-hat is perfect."

- "Goldie" by A$AP Rocky

"Sweet shuffle in the hi-hat. One of my favorite tracks from last year."

- "Sutphin Boulevard" by Blood Orange

"Just a really heavy, straight groove with a perfectly placed snare. And the guitar hook is lovely."

- "Yet Again" by Grizzly Bear

"Chris Bear is a really, really great drummer; one of my absolute favorites. He always leaves me inspired. His sounds are sweet and timing impeccable."

Watch Thomas performing with Pheonix on "Saturday Night Live" here and here.
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