You've been to America. How did the American audience react to your work?
It's been great. I mean, they've been really responsive and they surprisingly seem to get it, which we weren't sure if they would, at first. As odd as it sounds, I think we've benefitted from things like The Office, Shaun of the Dead and British things that are big in America. It's opened them up to British sensibilities and sense of humour which means they do get a bit more of the irony in the songs and obviously understand the more serious stuff. Yeah it's nice.
Do you write all the time, do you carry a note book around with you, jot things down during the day or do you sit down, disciplined, and say 'right, not I'm going to write'?
I've got a load of note books but generally I write either on my laptop (I've only just got that) or on my phone. I mean, I'll have tons of half written songs in saved messages on my phone just because it is that one thing I'll always have on me. So when an idea comes, I can document it.
I was, a few years ago, doing a poetry gig and I tried to introduce the idea of mobile phone poetry, the poem was all written in my phone (4 pages or something) but I had to keep scrolling down, so the rhythm of the poem wasn't quite there and it was difficult to recite and ...
I meant there are a couple of tracks we've actually recorded - I've recorded holding my phone up, so actually in the studio, the edit has been me scrolling down because I've not had the chance to type it up or write anything. So, weird ...
Did you like poetry, writing at school?
Not particularly. I was never really that into it - I mean as a youngster. Even now, I have never been a big reader or writer. It's quite odd that this is the path I've taken. I mean, at school, I've grown up with a stutter, so again it's quite odd that my career has been standing up in front of people and talking.
Using your voice!
Yeah, it's been a weird path but it's ... It's always confused my mum, because my mum and brother are big readers. They read loads, where as me and my dad aren't so much, a bit, maybe, but not that much. I think my learning and opinions have been built up from actually talking to people - interacting and having discussions. More so than reading stuff.
Obviously I research a lot of stuff if there's a subject I'm not overly familiar with, I like to research it, learn it and see if I can write about it as opposed to just writing about what happens in my small, quiet hometown because there's not a lot to write about there.
I was going to ask about your small hometown. Stanford-le-Hope?
Stanford-le Hope - yeah, a little twee place.
Are you the biggest thing to come out of Stanford-le-Hope?
I dunno. Maybe? Phil Jupitus lives next to Stanford and he's quite famous. But I don't think he's from Stanford - so I dunno. I could potentially be the biggest thing to come out of Stanford-le-Hope. It's not that bold a claim! It's like saying you're the world's tallest midget, or something like that.
It's nice, like some of the kids in my street who didn't know we lived on the street till now, they pop up and ask how its all going and when am I playing locally - things like that. So that's pretty cool.
Has anyone ever said that Dan (le Sac) looks like Lars Ulrich?
No, I don't think anyone has ever pointed that out. I guess there are similarities in the eyes, aren't there? I'll put that to him - yeah it's a good point!
What's the best ever piece of advice you've been given?
Before I went to try and live in America when I was 18, which was stupid because I tried it on my own,
which meant I couldn't get bar work 'cos I was too young - but before I went, my brother said
'If you get hungry, eat.
And if you get tired, sleep' - that's just a solid piece of advice, in my opinion - it's down the line, covers all bases. Yeah it works, it works.
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