Have you ever thought about what music you might like to take with you onto a desert island? Well this question was posed to our CEO James Moon by BBC Radio and the answers he gave might not be the ones you'd imagine from this young entrepreneur. With a passion for aviation you might think James's choices were full of cheesy 'Top Gun' tunes (and you'd be partially correct), but there is more to James than initially meets the eye. So with only 5 records to choose, these were James's choices:
Start me up (Rolling Stones): Perhaps James is referring to himself in the morning (starting up the engine) but this well known tune was initially recorded in 1977. Microsoft paid $10 million to use this for their Windows '95 advertising campaign making it one of the first times a hit song was used in a major marketing campaign.
Highway to the Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins): Well it had to appear somewhere didn't it? From the iconic movie Top Gun, this tune cannot fail to get anyone interested in aviation energised. As the song says 'Revvin' up your engine, Listen to her howlin' roar, Metal under tension, Beggin' you to touch and go'.
Fly me to the moon (originally by Kaye Ballard and then Frank Sinatra): With James's surname it had to be...Frank Sinatra's 1964 recording of 'Fly Me to the Moon' became closely associated with the Apollo Space Programme and the song was played on the Apollo 10 mission which orbited the Moon.
Wake me up before you go-go (Wham): Released in 1984, this was Wham's first UK and US No1 hit. James dedicated this one to his new nephew George...I'm sure that a 2-month old baby would have no problems waking James up on the desert island!
Come fly with me (Frank Sinatra): Being the CEO of an aircraft company this song shows the journey that James has been on. From breaking his back aged 16 to now heading up a company with nearly $1/2 Bilion of assets, James has come a long way. It also reminds James of the benefits that aviation can bring to disadvantaged or disabled people who can escape the bounds of planet earth for a short while and forget about their daily worries - this is why James founded the charity Stratus Flying. "Come Fly with Me" was originally written for Frank Sinatra, and it sets the tone for the rest of the album, describing adventures in exotic locales.
So what is particularly interesting about James's choices? Every track was recorded way before James was born - experience and maturity beyond his years.
You can listen to the full interview later this month on BBC Radio Newcastle.