You guys have used Myspace a lot haven't you, talk about that.
It's been integral to us.
Myspace is always changing and I don't like the fact it is starting to look like Facebook. I don't do Facebook.
I've never got on to Facebook and I keep my Myspace profile in the old way, you know what I mean, because I don't like the change over but yeah it's been fantastic for us.
It's been absolutely integral cos me and Dan, kind of musically, we met over Myspace. We knew each other in our own ways but Myspace is where we came together to work.
And we were on there, one of the first people I met was Adele, then people like Kate Nash, Jack Penate. So we were all on there just before it kind of hit the bad times. At that point it wasn't cynical y'know, a band messaged you and you'd just believe they were a band and we all benefitted from that, we had our Myspace explosion.
Now you get a band every day messaging you "I've read your music tastes and I think you'd like our music" and it's a Swedish death metal band and you're like, "you've never even read my music tastes".
I don't mind when it's Swedish Metal bands it's when it's...
So why're they messaging me and not you? They've gotten us confused. But yeah it's a weird thing but it's been fantastic. Myspace and Youtube have given us a worldwide fan base as opposed to just a local fan base.
You always seem to wear a cap. Do you collect caps? Why caps? What's with the cap thing?
I've got a couple of trucker caps I like and I'm really specific on them. I'll be in a shop and people will point out trucker caps and I won't like them. But I think it was kind of when I first started performing getting into a character and becoming Scroobius Pip. I don't often wear my cap off stage. As now I have it with me I know it's there and I feel safe but generally it is, yeah I guess it's a psychological thing.
We did a gig the other night and I realised as I got on stage I didn't have my cap on me. The tour manager was watching and he thought I'll leave it, it'll be alright but then one song in he said I'd looked uncomfortable I didn't seem as relaxed as normal, so he went down to the van and got the cap and instantly I was more relaxed.
And that gig was good because I realised at the beginning of the set for the first song I'd give a little flick of my cap which I'd never noticed before until this time and I got up there started and I flicked and it wasn't there, so I kind of flicked in thin air and it did throw me a bit. So yeah I guess it's a weird comfort thing, yeah.
Are you superstitious?
Not particularly, I've got a thing for the number five. Number five has always been my Dad's lucky number and I've made it my lucky number in a way. Heh, heh, this is going to sound really odd now, but I got some socks for Christmas once, which were numbered one to five and I'd always wear a one and a four, a two and a three, a five and a blank - like they'd always add up to five.
After a while those socks got worn out so I thought I need to wear my socks adding up to five.
This is sounding weirder and weirder, this is so mad. So I thought I'd get some made, but it'd cost me loads to get all these different numbers so I got a load just with the number five stitched on. (He pauses) So now I wear a number five and a blank (pause).
I'm not sure which side the number five's on today...that's a blank (checking left sock) so this by default will be a five (checking right sock).
So yeah, weird things like that - I don't know, it's just I can't explain it - odd little things...
How do you keep your voice in tip-top condition?
Erm not really any techniques just something that developed naturally on stage, learning to push my voice instead of shouting. Because early on it would be quite shouty, when we're doing as many gigs as we are doing - I've not had any training - but purely by its nature as you gig you develop techniques and ways. I find if I've got a bad throat I'll have a whisky before I go on and that's good for loosening everything up it seems.
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