Watch/Read/Travel: Lau Nau

Instead of picking all-time favourites, I picked a theme I have been thinking of a lot lately: immigration, being forced to leave home, staying at home at hard times or searching for a better life. These books and films happen to look at the theme from a historically European point of view, creating one type of narrative to this issue.

Watch/Read/Travel: Mira Calix

"My home and its surrounding fields means I’m pretty much the only person making a noise. I relish this, along with the clean air, sunshine and cheap and tasty farm shop produce. John Peel, a fellow adoptee of this lost county, famously said the only way to get him out of Suffolk would be in a box – a sentiment I can empathise with."

Watch/Read/Travel: Rudi Arapahoe

"It's a beautiful book that moves deftly between philosophy, sharp clinical observation and poetry. It's here that Laing first posited the notion of False Selves. I first encountered The Divided Self as a Psychology undergraduate student. Shortly after I read it, my housemate developed schizophrenia; I decided not to pursue a career as a Psychologist."

Watch/Read/Travel: Sophie Hutchings

"I love the contrasts going from pressing populated train stations to open beautiful deserts unfolding an eerie type of beauty, the unknown. Getting lost wandering down colourful alleyways. Feasting on earthy, spicy cuisine and the sweet steaming chai stands at every blink of an eye."

Watch/Read/Travel: Federico Durand

"I collect Christmas seals and charity stamps issued by orphanages and hospices. The most beautiful were made during the early 20th century. Denmark, Sweden and Finland made very eerie, fairy and rare items. We all know that we can travel very far while listening music. Something similar happens to me with my favorite charity seals – which reveal (and also hide) the misty world of childhood."

Watch/Read/Travel: Scanner

"Books have always played a key role in my life, alongside music and visual arts. I studied literature at University and have built up my library since I was a teenager. Looking back at the hundreds and hundreds of books I now own is a kind of travelogue, pulling me through history and memory at the same time."

Watch/Read/Travel: Chra

"I love the seaside. I love South America. I've been a couple of times in Mexico – the beach of Pie de la Cuesta is wide, beautiful and it's very close to Acapulco... it even has a very serious history. We went there with public transport what makes it even more exciting."

Watch/Read/Travel: Robert Rich

"When we have visitors from far away, I like to take them to our redwood forests, to the remaining old growth, to show them the cathedrals built by trees, the silence and dark solitude that only invites people who wish to share their shadows with respect, to show them the silence that I learned to love and tried to emulate, branded on my childhood consciousness."

Watch/Read/Travel: Clem Leek

"My one gripe with books today is with the covers. Walking into the book store I find that modern books have the ugliest covers! It is one of the reasons I began to collect Penguin books from the 1930’s and 1940’s."

Watch/Read/Travel: Markus Guentner

"The most beautiful and the calmest place I've ever been to. Before I got there I thought: OK, postcard pictures always look better than the original place, but it was a blast! It looks exactly the same in real life! No... much better!"

Watch/Read/Travel: Erik K Skodvin

"I'm sure most Belgian people would think I'm crazy for adding their country as my top favorite travel destination. I also have to note that I actually never saw the sun while visiting Belgium. I've probably been there over 10 times now and still as far as I remember... no sun."

Watch/Read/Travel: Jannick Schou

"The collection serves as a grim reminder of the excesses and violence brought about by war. It is a testament to the fragility of life, but also to a certain kind of adaptability; an ability to go on even in the face of such despair, hopelessness. I am not sure I'd recommend this to anyone, as it is not a pleasant affair at all, but on the other hand, it has really stuck with me as an important experience."

Watch/Read/Travel: Ran Slavin

"The pace, locations, visual style, surprising turn outs are all great. The whole film throughout takes place in a freezing icy setting in an industrial suburb in Northern China and involves a melancholic femme fatale working in a dry cleaners. Great premise."

Watch/Read/Travel: Erik Wøllo

"As a Norwegian I like to go to places that are completely different to the Scandinavian nature. The southwestern parts of USA have some really interesting places, with large remote deserts and vast plains."

Watch/Read/Travel: Joel Tammik

"I had my first proper long motorbike adventure trip in 2008: 12,000 km to Albania and back. I had the opportunity to see this country before the "Western invasion". Albania was the adventure motorcyclist's dream country with hundreds of kilometers gravel roads in the mountains and kilometers long beaches with zero people."

Watch/Read/Travel: Dirk Serries

"A serious movie about an extremely deformed man that is considered to be freak but in fact is a highly intelligent man. A metaphor for all of us that do not really belong to what society predicts and expects, no?"

Watch/Read/Travel: Brendon Anderegg (Mountains)

'Musicophilia' is a really interesting and easily digestible collection of stories about individuals with neurological disorders who experience music in completely different ways than most. From synesthesia, to amusia (lack of pitch recognition), to a man who has no memory for anything other than music, the book explores the way the mind processes music.

Watch/Read/Travel: Bram Bosteels (Kaboom Karavan)

"My girlfriend and I lived in an abandoned art-deco villa for some weeks. On an exploration tour through the many different rooms of the house, we opened the door of the basement. We found the remains of an old, bizarre café there, with an old gas lamp standing on a small table. To our surprise the lamp was lit, we saw a flame dancing right in the middle of it."

Watch/Read/Travel: Chris Hooson (Dakota Suite)

"I find myself being upset with anyone who doesn't think it's in their top three films ever. In the same way that I cannot understand people who look at me oddly when I suggest that I consider myself to have been altered on a structural/DNA level when hearing 'Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten' by Arvo Pärt for the first time."

Watch/Read/Travel: Richard Skelton

"I have a particular fondness for the ITV adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes stories, starring Jeremy Brett, which ran for a decade during the 80s and 90s. Watching them all these years later provokes a peculiar nostalgia, and Brett is at once histrionic and yet utterly compelling – he draws you in. Benedict Cumberbatch has a long way to go…"

Watch/Read/Travel: Ezekiel Honig

"I've had many serendipitous moments of randomly passing a piece of work that inspired me, just on the way to look for the restroom or a drink of water, or accidentally entering a room that I found fascinating as a means of passing through to a different, intended one. It’s really a benefit to ignore all maps and guides and just wander and get lost, because you will always see something new, and learn something new."

Watch/Read/Travel: Marsen Jules

"This is one of H.P. Lovecraft's masterpieces. I love how he is drawing you deeper and deeper into the story with his mysterious announcements and subtle anticipations of the plot. A style of writing which can also be found in some stories of Edgar Allen Poe and which was later adapted by Stephen King for some of his less 'horrific' books."

Watch/Read/Travel: Wouter van Veldhoven

"This place combines things I really love: old industrial buildings, open space and nature. Located in the middle of a nature reserve there is this colossal building, a concrete cathedral which used to be a longwave radio transmitter for communication with Indonesia..."

Watch/Read/Travel: Christ.

"I lived on a traveller site with various forms of travellers, hippies, anarchists and oddly, a couple of traditional gypsy traveller families. It was an interesting time… It allowed me to experience life from the point of view of someone for whom most daily activities had tangible, touchable results."

Watch/Read/Travel: Ben Woods

"For a couple of miles you can follow the walk ways and bike trails all the way to the sea. I’ve spent many nights in my teen years cycling along these lit paths listening to my favourite tracks in my headphones. I knew that even at that age that these images would stick in my mind forever."

Watch/Read/Travel: Tor Lundvall

"There was an underlying creepiness to the 1970s, at least that's how I perceived the decade as a child. I was afraid of strangers, apprehensive that my mother wouldn't pick me up after my piano lessons (I walked home alone several evenings whenever she was late). Most of all, I dreaded the dreams and visions I'd have when I was really sick, like seeing faces and patterns in the carpets and wallpaper, or when the bedroom seemed to grow at least ten times its normal size at night."

Watch/Read/Travel: Aidan Baker

"The primary narrative tells the story of a man who writes pornography and creates an idealized fantasy woman (who may or may not be the embodiment of the 20th century) for Hitler, and in the process alters the course of history, creating an alternative reality wherein the Germans won the second world war…"

Watch/Read/Travel: Lawrence English

"There was a day where I had one of those properly life changing experiences, something that I guess some people would find incidental, but I found innately powerful. I was standing on the edge of a large chasm, a sloped fall that ran from the edge of a plateau to the ocean. The temperature began to drop incredibly rapidly and the wind died away."

Watch/Read/Travel: James Ginzburg (Emptyset)

"and he gets paid well up there in norway, so everything is pretty expensive, those norwegian potatoes aren’t cheap. but it's ok. living in a cabin, you can get a lot of food out of a few potatoes. the north atlantic is still uninterrupted, and the islands are there this time, but the edge of the universe is there too, looming. casually. and you are already dead. how fortunate to see it, for a moment."

Watch/Read/Travel: Jason Corder (offthesky)

"I love all works by this author for their typically surreal, odd ball spiritual, and whimsical nature that often brings the reader into worlds that bridge reality with fantasy. This particular sci-fi number has stayed tirelessly in my mind over the years – the characters are odd and intriguing and the tempo of the book makes it easy to get along with."

Watch/Read/Travel: Sylvain Chauveau

"The jungle where almost everything you see could in fact be a strange animal, is haunted by insect noises that recall the electronic sine waves of Ryoji Ikeda et al. In the evening the volcano became all dark, showing red and yellow lines of falling lava that looked like flashes in the night."

Watch/Read/Travel: Aaron Martin

"At the bottom of the hill where sleds and shadowed bodies would rush on winter nights was a tire swing. On the other side of the property was a large tree with a faded yellow, knotted rope. I would often climb up with a book and sit or look out onto the roofs in the distance."

Watch/Read/Travel: Marc Dall (Dalhous)

"Cronenberg's film based on the novel is equally lurid and provocative, but I find the film a lot funnier, it has a mischievous sense of humour that wasn't as visible in the book. Still, the novel is a haunting vision of the future we're currently living."

Watch/Read/Travel: Vladislav Delay

"I'm totally drawn to that landscape where nothing much grows anymore, it's just rocks and sea. Whatever else is there it really is there for a reason and because of serious resistance and strength. There's very little nonsense there, which I truly appreciate."

Watch/Read/Travel: Jessica Bailiff

"The view was gorgeous and surreal: the water and sky were perfect blues, the springtime-green grass was dotted with dandelions, and the cliffs [...] were glowing white. The sun warmed us as the wind cleansed our spirits, after a very trying and somewhat unsuccessful venture on the continent."

Watch/Read/Travel: Félicia Atkinson/Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier Indian Summer Picks

While spending the summer between the French Alps (where she lives now) and on tour in West Canada and the Pacific Northwest, this is what Félicia enjoyed reading, listening and watching the most.

Watch/Read/Travel: Kyle Bobby Dunn

"Sure I want to see more northern Canada and Quebec and of course see Poland or Europe at some point and always said I might die happy on a beach in the French Riviera with a good bottle of vino and a strong sense of finality,.."

Watch/Read/Travel: Brambles

"I am currently focusing on the topics of neuroscience, gender theory and peak oil. But, what I really enjoy is the escapism of a simply written novel, involving an average person who finds themselves in some sort of obscure or magical land."

Watch/Read/Travel: Christoph Berg / Field Rotation

"And with its timelessness it comes to my mind every now and again picturing the omnipresent conflict of beneficial and destructive effects of science and knowledge, their control, the seamless transition between force, conscience and madness – especially when all these conflicts converge."

Watch/Read/Travel: Grischa Lichtenberger

"Open two fireproof steel doors and find yourself on a street inside the building where all the supplies for the faculties are stored. It’s one of the most peaceful places in the world. Only the sounds of buzzing neons and rumbling heat tubes…"

Watch/Read/Travel: Benoît Pioulard

"I had the privilege of an extra day and a half off while I was on tour in Europe last month, and opted to spend it in Siena before my show there. Being one of only a few places in Northern Italy that totally escaped being gutted in World War II, it feels by comparison like stepping back in time in a truly impressive way. Narrow brick streets shared by cars and pedestrians, incredible views of the Tuscan countryside..."

Watch/Read/Travel: Christina Vantzou

There's a close family friend who lived in Greece for over 50 years. He was a New Zealander who was on holiday with his wife and children, and when it was time to go back home he said, "I'm staying here."

Watch/Read/Travel: Marcus Fjellström

Is there life outside music? Do you ever take the time to read a delightful book or watch a superb film? Which one of these made the deepest influence on you? How about changing places? Where do you think everyone should go at least once in their lifetime? We are seeking hundreds of different answers to these questions with the help of our guests. First let's see how Marcus Fjellström's world looks like when he is not thinking about new melodies.