This means their day job, side projects, collaborations, any records they played on, one hit wonders etc.
1. Joe Goddard - Hot Chip, 2 Bears, solo project, lots of great remixes
Hot Chip have wormed my way into my top bands of all time over the past decade, but the reason I chose Joe over anyone else was purely as he also has some terrific side avenues. Both 2 Bears records are some of my favourite LPs of the past few years and his solo records are gorgeous too. He's a hero.
2. Andy Falkous - Future of the left, mclusky, Christian Fitness
Don't think too many people will be surprised to see that choice on here but adore almost everything the guy has touched. FOTL are probably my favourite band ever and mclusky were a thoroughly decent warm up act. Solo stuff has been fun too.
3. Aidan Moffat - Arab Strap, Lucky Pierre, Wells & Moffat, solo material
Arab Strap changed the sort of music I listened to and are still an ever present love of my life. His solo work and collaborations have been by and large really good too, getting more interesting with time like a fine wine.
4. El-P - solo material, Company Flow, Run the jewels
That's not a bad CV, is it? Only know bits of Company Flow material but they were superb live and I intend to change that one day. Run the jewels have made two blistering records and his solo work is some of my favourite hip hop ever.
5. Bernard Sumner - Joy Division, New Order, Electronic
This was the tough one though on paper it looks the easiest. I love New Order the most of those 3 but the other 2 acts are sweeteners. Pretty outstanding back catalogue you'd have to listen to there...
Other considerations: Karl Hyde (Underworld, solo), Gruff Rhys (SFA, solo, Neon Neon), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi (also drummed on The Shins and Stephen Malkmus LPs)), Kim Deal (Pixies, The Breeders, The Amps), Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz, Good, Bad & Queen)