Marshall Amps, Northampton Saints’ official audio partner, supply the squad with market-leading headphones and amps to help them prepare for matches both within the gym and the changing room.
We sat down with scrum-half Henry Taylor to find out what music gets him rugby ready…
1. What track is the last thing you listen to before a match and why?
I actually don’t have a specific song but I do like to listen to film music – the likes of Hans Zimmer and so on. It brings a bit of emotion and gets me revved up. I’m a bit different to a lot of the lads who prefer rock or drum & bass music to get them in the mood, I’m a bit more classical.
2. Who’s in charge of the post-match music?
I like my old-school cheesy music, so often TC [Tom Collins] and Furbs [George Furbank] get the right stuff on for me.
3. Does your playlist change between training and match preparation – and what is different about them?
Not massively. I’ve never been someone who has to get really, really hyped up before a game, and funnily enough quite often I will just sit in the car in silence before matches because I have a brain that overthinks things! I like all sorts of music from pop, to jazz, to classical, to a bit of R&B every now and again.
4. If you were to start a band with some of your team-mates – which ones would you pick and what kind of music would you play?
Symo [Andy Symons] would be on the drums, because I only just found out he plays the other day. I’d be on keys, with Furbs on vocals – he’s got the looks for it, so he’d be our frontman. I reckon someone like Luds [Lewis Ludlam] would be good on bass, while we’d have Colesy [Alex Coles] on guitar with his curtains and Tui Uru on sax. We’d play some weird stuff; some old-school punk-rock jazz or something. And Marshall could sponsor us – I need some new speakers for my keyboard.
5. What’s the last gig you went to?
I have a friend called Ben Roberts who is now gigging around the UK, and I went and watched him in a pub in Notting Hill. Before that was Bon Iver.
6. If you could learn to play an instrument, which would you pick?
I’d love to play the sax. It’s very cool and you can play along with anything.
7. If you had to pick a song that represented your life – which one and why?
‘Now we are free’, by Hans Zimmer. The theme tune from Gladiator.
8. Who’s got the worst taste in music in the squad and why is it so bad?
Reuben Bird-Tulloch. Let’s just say we’re from different cultures.
9. What’s your go to karaoke song?
That’s a good question, it used to be ‘Roxanne’ but not anymore. I’ll go with ‘Your Song’ by Elton John.
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