Soundtrack Of My Life: Queer Eye foodie, Antoni Porowski

Fab Five member, food and wine expert

The first song I remember hearing

Édith Piaf – ‘La Vie en Rose’

“When I was a little kid at the dinner parties that my parents would throw, before the guests would arrive my parents would have a toast and they’d have a cocktail and they’d listen to this.”

The first song I fell in love with

Oasis – ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

“I was at a camp, and I heard this song, and I cried because I hadn’t even fallen in love yet, but I think I understood what it was like to have a heart broken.”

The first album I ever bought

Ace Of Base – ‘The Sign’

“What I tell people is Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’, but the actual album was Ace of Base – ‘The Sign’, and it was a cassette, so there’s my age.”

The first gig I went to

The Up in Smoke Tour with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem

“We were in Junior High, and my best friend Lindsay’s Mum drove us from West Virginia to Atlanta, to a concert called ‘Up In Smoke’, and waited in a parking lot while a load of 13- or 14-year-olds went into the concert, and then drove our asses back to West Virginia afterwards.”

The song that makes me want to dance

Arcade Fire – ‘Rebellion (Lies)’

“It’s so instrumental and boisterous. I’ve seen them in concert a few times, and what they manage to do is pure joy and collaboration, and this family that they’ve created which is multi-cultural and ethnic – it’s just such a symbol of joy and partying and excitement. I love them.”

The song that reminds me of home

Celine Dion – ‘On ne change pas’

“It literally translates to ‘We Do Not Change’, and it’s about how we put on different masks and we evolve and we have different relationships with our loved ones, but we never really change. We’re always still the same, and it’s a really beautiful, poetic piece about the notion that everything changes but everything is still always the same.”

The song that changed my life

Richard Ashcroft – ‘Science of Silence’

“I think it’s the quintessential song about the path to self-actualisation. Lines like: “Is it my genes that have made me? Is it the things I took, is it the things I said, does karma rule/well if there’s a God well can you hear me now?” He’s just questioning it all out there, and there’s something really humble about putting it out there – even though he’s Richard fucking Ashcroft, and he’s such a genius. He’s like: “I don’t know everything and I’m trying to figure it out.”

The song I want played at my funeral

Babyshambles – ‘Fuck Forever’ or Oasis – ‘Live Forever’

“If I wake up defiant, it’s ‘Fuck Forever’, and when I wake up filled with love it’s ‘Live Forever’.

“‘Fuck Forever’ reminds me of when I was in a film last year when I had to bleach my whole head… it’s been a while since I felt really rebellious and like a badass the way that I did in college, when it was just life of no consequence and packs of cigarettes and endless parties and concerts. It takes me back to that time when it was like: “Fuck everything” – and there were zero worries and zero concerns.”

“And then a song like ‘Live Forever’ is kind of like running through a meadow, picking wild strawberries with the love of my life. It’s just sheer joy – that’s the vision that comes to my mind.”

The song I like listening to the most while cooking

Miles Davis – ‘Nature Boy’

“I sort of vacillate. If I want to hear a voice, Lana Del Rey is very soothing, and I could just listen to her on repeat, but my real go-to that’s been very consistent for at least the past ten years is Miles Davis. Even though I’ve been listening to him for so long, there’s always something kind of unexpected. I run more towards lyrics than melody, but there’s something about his music, it’ll take me through even the most methodical tasks.”

The song that reminds me of filming Queer Eye

Robyn – ‘Dancing On My Own’

“We all got to pick the songs for the opening credits when we were dancing around like maniacs, and one that came up for me playing on repeat was this. It’s such a good song.”

Antoni appears in Queer Eye, which is available on Netflix now.