Hammond: "Guided by Voices [the American indie-rock band] pretty much just changed my life."
Gabriel's Taiga Maya sounds nothing like her father's music
Taylor: "I like Fat Freddy's drop — it's kiwi-reggae-funk. I love good hip hop — The Roots, Mos Def. I still listen to Mos Def's last album like crazy. … A lot of Amy Winehouse. I can't help it. I think she's amazing."
Hammond: "The Kinks and the Clash."
Simmons: "Fabulous, Dipset, Ja Rule."
Gabriel: "Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bjork, Beck, Radiohead, Grandaddy, Wavemachines, Farafina, Joseph Arthuotis, Rush/Albert Lee, The Notwist, Feist, Cat Power, Sina Nordenstam, Arcade Fire, Joan as Police Woman, Cocrosie, Martha Wainwright, Nick Drake, Jolie Holland … and I stay open to new stuff."
Taylor has sung, played guitar and co-produced music with his mother, Carly Simon, and his sister Sally Taylor. He's currently singing and playing guitar on his mom's new album for Starbuck's "Hear Music."
"We sound great together," said Simon. "Our voices have a physically similar sound. … It has a lot to do with looking at each other and seeing how your lips move and it also has a lot to do with coming from the same family and just having sung together for so many years."
"I love working with my mom," said Taylor. "She's one of best singer-songwriters I've ever met and it's an honor to be involved." He adds that he plays with his sister Sally "as much as [he] can," but she's just had a baby so these days he's "honing avuncular skills."
One of the tracks on Simmons' first album is a remix of a Run DMC track. He is excited to be working with his father and is letting him handle his promotion. "I'm gonna have to trust a veteran. I'm new to the game, and he's one of the best. If you can't trust your family, who can you trust?"
For Gabriel, singing with her father on tour was "fantastic. … It was really lovely to have the opportunity to work with him. It was a bonding experience because his work always kept him separate from us. … It's really quite surreal singing with him on stage songs that he's written for me [e.g. "Come Talk to Me]."