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E1MA: Desert Island Discs

The E1MA team has been stranded on a desert island. Which items can they simply not live without? How will they keep themselves entertained? Let’s find out.


Ben – Digital Marketing Executive

Album: Chinoiseries (Pt.1 – 3) by Onra

I already spend most of my work days listening to this collection of obscure, eastern-inspired hip-hop beats, so naturally its accompanying me to the island. 

Food: Lasagna

It was a toss-up between this or pizza, but you really can’t go wrong with Lasagna. I can eat it for many days in a row without getting bored, as my former uni flatmates will attest to.

Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

I’d take them all if I could, but the 2nd LOTR film is easily my favourite. I have fond memories of watching this film with my mum as a child. The extended edition is nearly 4 hours long, so should stop me going insane for a while.

Luxury Item: My bookcase

I’m an avid reader, so I’m taking my books with me. They’re a great source of entertainment, don’t require electricity and make great tinder if I need a fire.


Bryce – Digital Marketing Assistant

Album: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum by Kasabian

It was the first album/CD I ever bought, and still to this day. I can not listen to this album and not resist singing along!

Food: Roast Chicken

In my eyes, Roast Chicken is a timeless classic which never fails to satisfy whatever mood you’re in!

Book: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

It was very close between this and the book I’m currently reading(Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts). But following the ideologies of The Celestine Prophecy by connecting with everything living doesn’t sound like a harmful way to live on a deserted island!

Luxury Item: My Bed


A good sleep makes everything better!


George – Senior Digital Consultant

Album: Playground by KiNK

It’s a real mix of electronic hedonism and I think I’d probably be missing being surrounded by people and dancing so listening to this with the volume all the way up might take my mind off my pretty dire situation.

Food: Risotto

I had the most incredible tomato risotto from this random pub in Surrey a few years ago and it’s not left my thoughts since so I reckon I’d take that!

Movie: The Simpsons Movie

I used to watch it on repeat with my friends during school and it’d remind me of home! Also maybe the constant jokes would lift my spirits – The Simpsons abandon Homer at one point in the film so maybe I could draw some comparisons there!

Luxury Item: My Pillow

I can’t function without a decent night’s sleep and would need to be on my A-game!


Joel – Head of Digital

Album: Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest

I’m a huge hip hop fan and ATCQ are my favourite hip hop outfit so naturally I’m going for this album, which always features in my Spotify tracks of the year at least once or twice.

Food: Fried chicken

Just the best food to be honest. I’ve tried to be a vegetarian out of guilt many times but chicken fried in one way or another is always too tempting, drawing me back to the dark side.

Movie: La Haine

I studied Photography at university and took a film module in which this was one of the films that we watched. I wrote an essay on it and even love it so much that I have ’so far so good’ tattooed on my legs because I’m a big nerd.

Luxury Item: Paper and paints

I’m terrible at painting. But if I had all that time to do something, maybe I could learn. It’s something to do at least.


Joey – General Manager

Album: For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver

Bon Iver broke up with his girlfriend, band, got sick, and decided to seek refuge in a remote cabin in the Wisconsin woods where he recorded this debut album so it only seems apt to listen to it in a similar environment alone on a desert island. 

In the event that I get too depressed on my own there listening to this, I will probably regret not choosing Netsky “2” to bounce around to.

Food: Pesto Pasta

Fresh pesto pasta is always a winner. Growing up as a vegetarian there never used to be much available so this was always a standard go to, but I’ve somehow never got sick of it. You can’t beat good quality pesto pasta – maybe some ravioli for the win! 

Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire for the jokes, the feels and the fact you can watch it over and over again. 

Luxury Item: Franco

It would be rude not to take @francosays_ with me for companionship, and entertainment. (When I’m not fighting him for the food.) Maybe he can help me forage once the pesto has run out… Although I will probably end up with washed up shoes for dinner.


Maha – Finance Manager

Album: Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G

I love 90’s hip-hop.

Food: Chinese Takeaway

Crispy shredded beef, seaweed, dumplings with a pak choi side please. 

Movie: Grease

The best one-liners.

Luxury Item: Hercules

My resurrected dog.


Matt – Junior Graphic Designer

Album: Untrue by Burial

This album suits a drive through London at night more than being stranded on a desert island. However it’s a core part of my musical inspirations and an album I revisit very frequently. 

Food: Tacos

A very versatile food that can be filled with pretty much anything. I recently made blackened Basa fillet tacos with a pineapple salsa and chipotle mayo, which was unreal!

Movie: There Will Be Blood

This was a very difficult choice for me, however Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in this film is second to none and in general a very memorable film.

Luxury Item: My iMac

My workstation is a place of refuge for me, in my spare time I love to produce music and well as design for fun.


Meera – Junior Graphic Designer

Album: Buena Vista Social Club

This album just makes me happy and brings back memories of growing up listening to it with my parents.

Food: Pasta

The perfect base for whatever I forage and no need to season the water from the ocean! 

Movie: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

The characters in this film are hilarious and I can and have watched it many times. I also love the soundtrack and cinematography. 

Luxury Item: A Comfortable Bed with lots of Pillows 

What better way to pass the time than to sleep!


Nick – Managing Director

Album: 2001 by Dr. Dre

Childhood favourite, so many great tunes it brings back memories throughout my teens and 20s, for me this beats any current hip hop out there at the moment. They don’t make them like this any more!

Food: Carbonara

My Dad rarely cooked for me (outside of a Sunday roast), but I do remember  him making a sort-of carbonara for me when he did and I picked it up when I was a student. I learned how to do it properly, now eat probably an unhealthy amount of it and am always compelled to order when it’s on a menu.

Book: The Lord of the Rings

I haven’t got round to reading it still and I love all the films so I reckon it would keep me occupied on a desert island.

Luxury Item: Scuba Equipment

Seems like a good idea on a desert island! 

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