Once, twice a 10collectivist – Andrew Mead

May 13, 2016 | By Priya Bhana

Andrew is in his second life with 10collective and he’s back with a vengeance!
Andrew has been around creative and technical recruitment for years now and he’s one of the most genuinely nice guys you’ll ever come across.

When Andrew isn’t placing fantastic candidates in great roles, you’ll find him rising to the 101 Club beer challenge at Fitzroy’s own, Rainbow Hotel. He’s a lover of 90’s rock, social basketball and is a connoisseur of all things Japanese.
And we gave him the Desert Island Disc challenge…here’s what happened….

Ultrasonic – Tekno Junkies

This was my introduction to real techno music back in 1995. My friend on IRC sent me a file via FTP which I downloaded with my dial up modem. I then had to download WinAmp then play around with a whole heap of memory settings to get it to play without buffering on the pre-Pentium PC. Then I heard some absolutely mind-blowing hardcore techno! Ultrasonic, an iconic techno duo, also played at the first ever rave I went to in 1997. I then met the MC in 2002 and he signed my Adidas tracksuit pants that I wore to that rave. Total fan boy moment! From a musical/composition perspective, this is the tekno version of heavy metal – hard, fast and slightly angry! But plenty of love in there too. Do yourself a favour and have a listen.

Track – Check Your Head

Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty

Who doesn’t love the Beastie Boys?! A mix of rap and rock, this was an awesome album which saw the addition of one of the world’s best turntablists, Mixmaster Mike. Cutting lyrics with a bit of angst and anger thrown in, it was great to cruise around in my first car with the stereo pumping and the bass thumping. I then got to see them live in 1998 in Tokyo, one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

Track – Intergalactic

Queen – Greatest Hits

This was the first CD that I bought back in 1993. Prior to this I’d only had tapes. One of the best front men in rock history, I’d love to go back in time to one of their concerts. One of the best bands ever. Simple.

Track – Bohemian Rhapsody

Audioslave – Audioslave (self titled)

One of the best supergroups to form in the “naughtees” after the 90’s grunge rock era. Chris Cornell from Soundgarden fame on vocals with the band from Rage Against The Machine. That voice. Those heavy guitar riffs. This album is full of songs to get you pumped up or feeling retrospective.

Track – Like A Stone

Blur – Parklife

Blur, along with Oasis and Supergrass, were my introduction to Britpop in the mid 90s. Catchy tunes that you could sing along to and in general just had that good feeling to them. One of the best albums of the 90s, hands down. Plus also great to belt out at karaoke.

Track – Parklife

Hilltop Hoods – The Hard Road

Not everyone is a Hilltop Hoods fan, but I think you have to give credit where credit is due. They really worked hard to lift up the Aussie hip hop scene and this is one of their best albums. A lot of the tracks tell a narrative and take you on a story telling journey. My favourite track on this is “Stopping All Stations” – it tells a sad but true story about what’s gone wrong in some areas of society these days.

Track – Stopping All Stations

Pearl Jam – Ten

With Eddie Vedder at the front, Pearl Jam is one of my all time favourite bands. It’s a coin toss between who I think has the best rock voice – Eddie Vedder or Chris Cornell. Tough one! Pretty much every track on this album is great. My standout would have to be Jeremy. Pretty heavy stuff if you know what it’s about.

Track – Jeremy

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Billy. Darcy. James. Jimmy. I had the hots for Darcy! These guys played at the first concert I went to for an international band. For the first 15-20 minutes there was this weird video that they showed on a big screen of some car chase from a movie where probably more than 100 cop cars got absolutely totalled! After every car getting smashed to bits I was thinking “Surely they must come on NOW!?!?”. Eventually they did and their concert was so awesome!

Track – Zero