Music Q&A:
The Wonder Stuff

Frontman Miles Hunt chats as he takes a well-earned rest before heading out on tour next spring. They play Liverpool O2 Academy, 29 March; Leeds O2 Academy, 4 April; and Manchester’s O2 Ritz, 7 April

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What informs your music and songwriting?
My existence, my experiences. Primarily I write for myself, not to entertain others. Therefore my lyrics wouldn’t be considered populist. That’s for somebody else to worry about. Same goes for the music I set out to make. Whilst the noise I enjoy making isn’t without its influences I never set out to emulate a sound or melody that I have heard elsewhere. There is far too much music around that sounds like it’s being made by fans. Hence the period of turgid stagnation that we seem to be enduring in the world of music currently.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?

I’ve certainly made attempts at evolution. Whether I have succeeded or not is for others to judge. And thankfully I rarely care for the opinions of others.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?

Resting. In the last year I have written two books and an album with Erica Nockalls. I’m allowing the creative field to go fallow for a few weeks before I take on the next challenge.

What’s on your rider?
Items of great opulence and deep spiritual meaning.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Embarrassing… for what purpose? My dog and I were surprised to discover a clutch of red balloons tied to the post at the end of our driveway this morning. He barked at them and I scratched my head in contemplation of them being there. There is no birthday that either of us are aware of in our home this week. Maybe one of us has been marked for termination by some overtly theatrical killer? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Surreal?

What song do you wish you’d written?
Hmmmnnnn…. let me have a think…. hmmnnnnn…. eerrrr…. no, I’m quite happy with the ones I have written.

What’s your worst lyric?
If I have been guilty of substandard work then I have successfully erased the error from my memory.

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