St Etienne's Sarah Cracknell on proper pop, tour life and the secret to staying together as a band for nearly 30 years…
‘The older I get the less willing I am to listen to reason because, as various people told me, there is no economic reason to make a double album these days,’ says Neil Hannon, while pondering his forthcoming album, Office Politics.
‘On the whole, it’s about reaching out to encounter difference in a meaningful way,’ says Vanishing Twin’s Cathy Lucas.
‘We don’t intend to make statements for anybody else but ourselves, but that always seems to make a statement,’ says Young Fathers’ Graham 'G' Hastings.
‘It’s really nice that this award is about songwriting specifically. Often it can be about other stuff in the industry, and songwriting is what we do this for,’ say Let’s Eat Grandma’s Rosa Walton.
‘It’s an award in front of our peers and it’s an award for songs, which is clearly the most important thing in the music industry, which is sometimes forgotten,’ says hit songwriter Jamie Scott.
Pop songs are one minute and 13 seconds shorter on average than they were 20 years ago. Are algorithms to blame?
‘Never give up. I know that might sound a bit general, but it took me a very long time to have success. I was in my thirties when I became successful.’ Says hit songwriter Guy Chambers.
‘Someone once described our music as James Brown on acid.’ Says A Certain Ratio’s guitarist Martin Moscrop.
Four years on from their formation and South London quartet Blueprint Blue are set to soundtrack the summer with their sunshine jams.