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Do you think being part of a big band helped you develop as a musician? Yeah definitely it gave me confidence, I didn’t have a great deal of that before and I certainly didn’t have any as a song writer. I think Jonny definitely was key to giving me confidence and making me feel I was more that a drummer! With your new project, are the members of Razorlight still supportive as a band network? Do you still get along? And have they had any influences on the new album? No none of them are supportive, none of them talk to me, and I guess they’re still pissed off. It was a fairly intense experience and leaving was no exception. I speak a little bit to Björn who now plays with Lucy Rose the Guitarist. But Jonny hasn’t spoken a word to me since I left, I’ve written to him, but I guess that’s how it goes. Are they the subject of what I write about? Yes! It was a fairly intense full on relationship with somebody. What inspired the new album? Life and relationships, love and loss. I travel a lot and have done since the start of Razorlight and leaving my family is something I always find difficult. Probably my relationship with Jonny has a lot of influence in there. I would like to pretend that I’ve forgotten all about that and it’s has nothing to do with my music but it probably has.

Are you excited to be going on tour? Yeah I can’t wait! I’ve only done two shows at the moment a tiny one in London and a show in Belgium and it was amazing, I want to be doing it all the time! I’m so happy with this album, and I’m very excited to be starting this campaign, I’ve just got a band together to play the shows and I can’t wait to get out a do as much as possible. Are you looking forward to a new fan base or do you think it will be much the same as the Razorlight fan base? No I think it’s a lot of new people, I think it’s been building up over the last two and a half years. I did a sort of solo album in 2010 and I think it’s been building up since then. I think I’ve been slowly building up a small but loyal fan base. I guess some of them are from the early Razorlight days, to be honest it’s exciting to meet people coming to my shows, knowing some of them have been there from the start and some of them are just getting in to my music now.

How would you CheerUp the world? I dunno how I’d cheer up the world, I guess music and laughing is the best way! The only way I could even try to cheer someone up is to sing them a song or try and make them laugh. Which isn’t particularly original but I think it’s the only hope I’d have.

CheerUp Issue 10  

This issue we have a chat with Andy Burrows, cross the ocean to talk to Seahaven, not to mention a deep chat with Ankit Love and last but by...

CheerUp Issue 10  

This issue we have a chat with Andy Burrows, cross the ocean to talk to Seahaven, not to mention a deep chat with Ankit Love and last but by...

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