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might pick a song because there’s an energy to it that isn’t present in any of the other songs. What’s your favourite song from the new album? At the moment I’d say Anaesthetist but then it changes quite a lot. I also really like Never Let Go Of Te Microscope. What’s your songwriting process? It’s kind of different every time. Rau is definitely the main songwriter. Sometimes we start with him writing some lyrics, or it might start from a guitar riff…we try not to force anything. We all constantly write, and love making music on our own. It’s very important not to over think it or gear it towards what we think people might like. All the best parts of all the best songs come from that moment when you instinctively have an idea of what you’d like to hear. For example, you might write a chorus

and then think, OK, what do I want to hear next as a listener, and then if you do that it generally works. What’s your relationship been like with record labels? We’ve published our records through Universal since the beginning, and every album except for Common Dreads we’ve distributed through Pias. For Common Dreads we used Warner Bros, so that was our flirtation with record companies. We got enough of a taste of record company bureaucracy to realise it wasn’t for us. Like everything else, the record industry is changing really rapidly and people are really up for trying new things and ways of getting music out there. You’ve set up your own record label, Ambush Reality and signed your first band up, Baby Godzilla. How come you picked them? Ambush Reality have been our official

record label since Take to the Skies, and Baby Godzilla were the first artists we’ve released other than ours, but we haven’t actually signed them. Tey’re good friends of ours, we toured with them and we thought it would be fun; there was no real masterplan there. Can you tell me a little about the Shikari Sound System set up last year? Tat was a bit of fun really. Rob, Rau and I have been making electronic music by ourselves for years and years. My girlfriend was pregnant and due to give birth at the same time as Reading/Leeds Festival last year, so the other three were going to do a DJ set, which then escalated into getting lights in, making a real performance of it and making it special. We then decided to write some proper electronic tunes with some producers. It ended up being a set of all original electronic music, named Shikari Sound System. My girlfriend was two weeks late in the end so I could have been there; I’d spent months preparing it! But I never would have risked not being there with her. I’ve got loads of songs now that haven’t ever been used but hopefully at some point we’ll be able to release them. My favourite song of yours is Sorry You’re Not A Winner. What’s the story behind that song? Before we recorded our first album, nine years ago we had a demo of that song which we had recorded in Chris’ garage. By that point, we’d been playing it for three years and were really bored of it. Record labels were approaching us and asking to work with us, and one offered to record a no strings attached EP with us. Tey took us out for a lobster dinner, and stuff like that. So we decided to record OK, Time For Plan B as a single and then Sorry, You’re Not a Winner as a b-side so we could sweep it under the carpet and never play it again live! Tat was the plan, but it ended up that the management decided to make it a double a-side; a sneaky record company move to make “Sorry an a-side without us realising! It’s become a fan favourite, and we still play it, but every time we release an album Rau says “Ok, NOW can we stop playing it?”.


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