The former Magazine bassist has added composing, photography and filmmaking to his canon in recent years, blurring the lines between music and art. But, he reveals on his rider at least, he’s not always quite so progressive. He plays Manchester’s Ruby Lounge, 22 April.
What informs your music and songwriting?
I guess my take on the world and me as a person in and of it. My hopes, fears, desires, knowledge, experiences, perceptions, influences, sorrows and joys all get brought to the table, eaten and spat out across the tracks!
How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
There’s a confidence now, based on experience and a knowing, as if the ability to predict the outcome with certainty is more resolute, whereas chance was a fine thing (and still can be) before. That empowers me to communicate my ideas better.
What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Having prolific surges of energy and fantasies about delivering the work to an audience and giving it a new edge based on what seems to be coming up and surrounding it and commanding me to move into.
What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?
I operate somewhat independently and though I get a lot of help, it’s more from other like-minded independent individuals and small companies, I tend to stay outside if it all really, brothers and sisters.
What’s on your rider?
Pepsi, weed and females.
Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Just telling you what’s on my rider!
What’s your worst lyric?
They’re all killer, no filler.