Music Q&A: Amplifier

Frontman Sel Balamir chats on the release of the Manchester four-piece’s new album Trippin’ With Dr Faustus

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What informs your music and songwriting?
My dad had a great piece of advice for me at the beginning of my journey. “Son, there’s nothing more boring than a musician talking about music. Here – have a toke on this.” I now know the wisdom of his words.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
Nothing ever changes – all things change around nothing. But I change around everything else’s nothing. This is the paradox of change. This sentence doesn’t make sense.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?

Currently I am trying to synthesize commerce and art, without either becoming utter shite.

What’s on your rider?
We have a very modest rider. Promoters take note. Spanish promoters please note that pork is not a vegetable.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

Somehow we ended up in a punch-up outside a Swiss brothel in a tiny picturesque mountain town – little chalets, pine forests, bubbling brooks, log piles, etc. And a massive brawl involving our crew and ladies of the night. Good times.

What song do you wish you’d written?

Anything by Abba or any other band whose name is a palindrome. Are there any? I suppose there’s A-Ha. Must be a Scandi thing.

What’s your worst lyric?

“Fat bottomed girls you make the rocking world go round.” I’d probably change that one now if I could go back and write it again.

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