The best songwriting comes from being as creative as you can and editing it down to the good bits, essentially.
There's a difference between expectations and aspirations.
Traditionally, lots of vagrants and unemployable characters wind up working in kitchens.
Being in a band didn't buy me my beans on toast!
I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.
It doesn't matter how adventurous you want to be, you've still got to contain your identity.
Although they might not admit it, I think girls are very aware of the impact that they're having. But they never feel it themselves, and it's impossible to explain. It's like trying to tell a blind person what yellow is.
People's musical tastes are fickle, and music can be a fashion.
I think in the world of indie music there's this sort of false modesty.
I'd rather eat a cow-pat on a bun than a bloody McDonalds.
Why play a chord when you can play one note?
I'm not a food critic, and I'm not really an authority to write anything on food.
If I was a fan of someone as a teenager, then it's OK for me to feel completely in awe when I meet them.
If success had come along when I was 17 it would either have killed me or sent me completely mad.
Maybe 'Can't Stop Feeling' and 'Turn It On' we'll just release as singles. It's a thing The Beatles used to do which I really loved, the idea of releasing something as a single completely on its own.
There are loads of bands I'd love to produce.
It's very rare that a song falls from your mind complete.
There's a character that I play onstage, and I can't let him loose in the supermarket when I'm buying my beans on toast.
The internet is like a gossipy girls' locker room after school, isn't it?
Just because you can leap off a drum kit doing a scissors kick while hitting a chord, people expect you to be an extrovert socially. But I'm not always comfortable with the idea of small talk at a party.
You really only understand whether a song's good or not when you properly play it out in public for the first time.
I think a lot of bands are creatively knackered when they come off tour.
I really want it to have an impact on the world. I want to be in a town on the other side of the world, and somebody walks up and says, 'That music you made in Glasgow, I listened to it every day, and it moved me.
I didn't grasp the basic principle of being a promoter, which was: Put on music but also generate an income. I was on the dole most of the time.
It's easy to be lazy when there's food lying around backstage or there's a fast-food joint a couple blocks away. But if you walk a little further, ask around a bit, of course there are exciting things to discover.
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