Music Q&A:
The Winachi Tribe

The Warrington electro funk soul collective are touring their latest single. Frontman Liam Croker speaks to Big Issue North about filming with Hollywood stars

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What informs your music and songwriting?
A wide number of things – what I’m seeing socially, how I’m feeling emotionally, love, hate, drugs, sex. I quite like to write about evolving individually and the human race doing the same. It’s important to keep things moving.

How have you evolved as a band over the years?
We have a much better understanding of what our job is as musicians and entertainers. We’re there to turn people on, let people lose themselves and bath themselves in our music for a couple of hours, leave reality at home for a while. Back in the day it could be a bit self-indulgent, but now it’s all for the people, man. I always used to have insecurities about my role as a frontman. Now I don’t give a fuck. I want people to get off on watching me perform. I’m naturally quite an aggressive person so it helps vent a bit of that pent-up anger on stage.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We’re in the middle of a UK tour promoting our new single Transition. We toured America for the first time in March, which was amazing. We’re going to be on the road for a long time now. I want to see how long we can keep going before everyone completely loses the plot!

What’s on your rider?
Beer, Jack Daniels, water, fruit juice, sandwiches and crisps.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
My most surreal experience was riding through the Californian desert on the back of horse called Zeus being led by Hollywood actor Tommy Flanagan (Gladiator/Braveheart/Sons Of Anarchy). Another surreal moment was having Keith Allen cook me breakfast stark bollock naked – but everything with Keith is a little surreal.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Atomic Dog by George Clinton.

What’s your worst lyric?
The worst lyric I ever wrote in my opinion is the chorus for ‘Time For Love’. Just listen to it – it’s that cheesy it makes want to vomit. Sorry.

The Winachi Tribe perform at Sonder Music and Arts Festival in Manchester on 27 September

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