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Popstar Postbag felix white, The Maccabees

We know what you’re like, dear readers. We know you’re just as nosy as we are when it comes to our favourite pop stars: that’s why we’re putting the power back into your hands. Every month, we’re going to ask you to pull out your best questions and aim them at those unsuspecting artists. You don’t even need to pay for postage! This month, The Maccabees’ Felix White is poised with the Qs. If you could relive any show that you’ve played in the past, which would it be and why? Jane, via email I’d probably go back ten years to our arena support with Ben Folds - the first time we’d played to any kind of substantial amount of people - find my shoelaces, walk on stage wearing shoes and not shout “FELIX!” down a microphone back to 8,000 people when a guy in the front row asked “What’s your name?” Where’s the best place to visit in Elephant & Castle? Thomas, Fife Our studio, but probably best to visit while we’re not recording an album though. If you were forced to go on TV for a reality show, which would you pick? Matt, via email Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook if that counts. Or Maccabees Come Dine With Me would be watchable. What are your favourite Toy Story characters? Steffi, via email Am I the only person in the world that thinks Sid, the neighbour, looks like a pre-fame and fortune Gareth Bale? I still love Toy Story. I definitely empathise more with Woody than Buzz, even if that’s painful to admit. What was the last album you bought? Heidi, Chiswick Our guitar tech, Tom, bought me Morrissey’s ‘Your Arsenal’ and I’ve only just found out ‘Step On’ was a cover, so I bought a John Kongos compilation. Both have been keeping me good company on this American tour.

Petrol? Sun tan lotion? Do you have any songs in your back catalogue that you’ve really grown to dislike? Anna, Manchester I’m not enamoured with some of them anymore, but they’re all part of the story, so no. What was the inspiration behind making Elephant Days? Pete, Southampton Initially, it was to find something the new record could soundtrack as a different angle and purpose for writing. Eventually it became celebrating that everyone is trying to achieve something; be it making an album, a suit, a guerrilla garden or winning a basketball tournament.

have a baseball. I’m still ‘mastering’ the curveball. I’d take Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, recite bad defensive philosophies and just go, “Discuss”, and watch them go. That would be an even better way to kill time. I’d also take a guitar. I know that’s four but Jamie and Gary come as a package I think.

Who’s your favourite new band? Stewart, via email SonLittle. You’re trapped on a desert island: what three things would you hope had washed up on shore with you? James, via email I’ve fallen in love with baseball on this tour, I wake up thinking about it and it feels like basically everyone has an opinion on it in the whole of New York, so it’s a good way to kill time. I’d

What’s your favourite smell? @ dylan4everever NEXT MONTH: DRENGE Want to send a question to DIY’s Popstar Postbag? Tweet us at @diymagazine with the hashtag #postbag, or drop us an email at popstarpostbag@diymag.com. Easy! 26

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