I don't really know. Often when we've got new songs I cheat. A lot of people have commented on our stage show being quite creative on how we present things. We did one song where I pretend to be a newsreader and for Thou Shalt I have a bible. It's just different ways to have the lyrics in front of me when I'm still learning them; it's not actually creative at all. And that has worked but I guess it's just practice.
It's easier to remember your own lyrics than somebody else's I've found.
When we've done covers it's normally songs I really like so it's not that bad. I did something for Riz MC he's got a video coming out, he wanted different people to lip sync and I'm a fan of the poem so I was up for it. But realising how hard it was to lip sync to someone else's flow, someone else's writing was stunning.
I guess when it's your own writing, in a way, it's how you think, it's your own thought process,
and it is easier to remember.
If you're telling a story, even with general stories you might tell from life, if you tell it
enough times you start to tell it exactly the same way with exactly the same words.
It's easier to learn your own lyrics I guess. It's just practice and repetition.
So, are you a disciplined person, do you think?
Yeah, yeah fairly like again originally with writing I wouldn't write down much, I'd do a lot of writing whilst driving, stuff repeating in my head, which makes it easier for the translation to on to stage, but that's kind of varied a bit now.
How do you switch off? I find it very hard lying awake and not thinking about some piece, poem, review or whatever I'm working on at the time.
I'm quite a laidback person, if I'm lying in bed coming up with ideas I'm quite happy with that. I'm quite pleased and again make notes on my phone. I think my mind is comfortable with switching off regularly, as odd as that sounds. It's not that harder situation. I don't find myself plagued by it. If I'm thinking new of new stuff I'm normally quite happy to be doing that.
But then I've not had a time where I have had to sit down and focus on writing really, it's always been coming at it's own pace. In the new year we're working on new material so I might find, if I'm forcing it out all day when I try and relax I won't be able to, we shall see.
Radiohead collaboration, sample how did that come about?
Well when I was writing Letter from God to Man, I had that Radiohead sample in my mind (Planet Telex) I sent it to Dan he built the beat and we thought we'd just never get it cleared. We went for ages thinking it wouldn't be cleared after we'd contacted Radiohead's management and hadn't really heard anything back. And then we got an email one day saying they were having a meeting on Tuesday and then they'd decide whether to clear it or not.
We were like oh my God, and they cleared it again we don't know if they loved it or just didn't hate
it enough to stop us using he sample or what.
Either way the fact they'd heard it and approved
was a great thing for us because Radiohead are a band I've loved for years.
I'm glad it was one of the early tracks you had in your head because I'm not such a fan of the later stuff.
Yeah, yeah I've not had the chance to hear a lot. I saw them live recently and I love all the early stuff. Of the songs I didn't know, that I liked, it turned out all the ones I was really enjoying were from the new album, so I think I need to listen to the new album maybe.
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