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WE’RE CHATTING HERE AT JUMBO RECORDS – ARE
YOUA FANOF THIS STORE?
I think it’s great.Tere are very few record shops in town and I
like to buy vinyl and I like to buy music and look at the covers
and talk to people. I love that thing of coming in a record shop
when someone says, ‘Ah I’ve got something you’d really love’ or
‘Ah that Erykah Badu album’s in’, or whatever it is, it just makes
it more of an event. I do buy stuf on Amazon and I fnd it
comes through the door and it kind of sits in its box, I don’t even
open it. I think what is it? You sort of lose the connection, you
lose the desire, the thing of
actually pursuing something
and coming in and talking to
people about it and meeting
communities. I always like
it when you go into a record
shop, that thing of ‘drummer
wanted’ or whatever, you sort
of peel of your number – it’s
a meeting point for diferent
people and for the musical
community, I think it’s really
important. It feels like there’s
some connection between
actually making the music
and it being sold, where it
doesn’t when it’s virtual.
HOW DO YOU THINK
THECITYHASAFFECTED
YOURMUSIC?
I think the city’s defnitely
afected me personally. I
think that there’s a real mix
in Leeds between diferent
communities; my dad’s
family’s from St Kitts in the
Caribbean and my mum’s
family’s from Yorkshire.
People don’t stay in specifc communities, or certainly they
didn’t when I was growing up, there’s much more movement
and I think that’s been important.
HAS THATMEANT THAT YOURMUSIC INCORPORATES
DIFFERENT STYLES?
Yeah, I guess it hasn’t made me feel it has to come out of one
angle or another.
WHAT’S THE STYLE OF YOUR NEXT RECORD GOING
TOBE?
I just want to make another album that’s true to me and at
the same time it’s going to be diferent to the last record. I
really like when artists do something diferent every time, you
know, you’re not trying to develop a brand, you’re not a shop,
thankfully artists aren’t the same as other commercial entities.
So I just want to make something that I really believe in.
I’m writing it now and I’m pleased with it, I’m doing bits of
recording and I’m just going to wait until I really like it. So
yeah, it’ll be diferent again but I’m enjoying recording it.
DOYOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE CHANGEDAS A PERSON?
I think people are always developing, defnitely. I don’t really feel
like I’ve changed since I was seven or something. I remember the
seven year-old me, I remember thinking and feeling the same
things, but I guess I’ve learnt how to articulate my thoughts better
as an adult. I still feel the same person. But I don’t know, you
develop don’t you, you sort of,
yeah, handle things.
WHAT WOULD YOU PUT
YOURSUCCESSDOWNTO?
Oh, I guess luck! Luck is
a big part. You like doing
something and it happens to
converge with popular taste
at that moment. So I think a
lot of times you make records
and they’re not popular at that
time, and then you become
more popular and you go
in and out of style, and I
defnitely think artists should
recognise that. You don’t
deserve popularity, but you
make your work because you
believe in it, I guess.You think
of all the penniless painters,
people dying in their 30s
and 40s and then their work
goes on to sell millions, so I
don’t think musicians deserve
popularity or anything.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE
EXPERIENCEOF FAME?
I fnd it weird. Yeah, I fnd
that side of it quite weird. I always say to people it’s like being
bullied, in the sense that people you don’t know are staring at
you and pointing at you and whispering about you. I mean, I
don’t really have that massive fame where people swarm round
cars or anything, so I feel that my experience has been a toe in
the water and it’s not so bad. But the part of fame that means
people show up to your gigs, I like that. Being popular, I enjoy.
When people just know of you because they’ve had your image
pushed at them, that’s kind of weird. And I always try and undo
it when people react funnily.
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I LOVE THAT THING OF COMING IN A
RECORD SHOP WHEN SOMEONE SAYS,
‘AH I’VEGOTSOMETHINGYOU’DREALLY
LOVE’ OR ‘AH THAT ERYKAH BADU
ALBUM’S IN’.
My Leeds