Music Q&A:
Django Django

Dave Maclean of the British art rockers chats ahead of a short tour, which includes Manchester's O2 Ritz on 21 March

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What informs your music and songwriting?
It’s different each time we write or record a track. It could be a film we saw or a book one of us read. Sometimes paintings or art as well can spark something. Going to an exhibition can be very inspiring for me personally. I usually start with a beat, often one I’ve sampled, and we can replace it later or keep the sample.

How have you evolved as a band evolved over the years?

I think that our song writing is getting better and better. Our playing live is getting a lot better. We had to learn to play live on the road. We were pretty bad when we first started because we didn’t know how to transform bedroom recordings to a big stage. It’s still evolving.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We are in full tour mode so we are focusing on the stage show and the new songs. We have an EP of new tracks that we are trying to finish for later in the year.

What’s on your rider?
I don’t even pay attention any more! As long as there’s bananas for energy before the show and red wine to chill out after then I’m happy.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Vinny trying to tune his guitar for 20 mins to about 60,000 people at a festival in Japan comes to mind. The crowd were so patient! I just zoned out with a combination of extreme embarrassment and hardcore jet lag.

What song do you wish you’d written?
So many. Care of Cell 44 by The Zombies, Come Together by The Beatles, God Only Knows by The Beach Boys all spring to mind.

What’s your worst lyric?
“Uri Geller’s gonna tell her, bend the truth so I don’t know.”

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