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were very impulsive as far as recording… we’d go between different bits of different songs all within a day’s work. We might put tracks down on like eight different songs with different instruments and switch around and Tim was like a ringleader, keeping us on the board and keeping track of what we’d done so far. And telling us when to stop as well, that was really important. You can overthink things, especially if you’re first time producers like we were, because we were producing our own debut album on a major label. We were definitely interested in trying to do the best we could and it was great having Tim there, as an amazing producer and engineer and the fourth member of the band. Tere’s such a variety of genres and sounds on this album, from the lounge ballad Methadonia right through to Tom Waits vaudeville like Coney Island Girl. What did you grow up listening to? Te great thing about Come Find Yourself is that we, not very subconsciously, put all our influences into that record. All the music you hear on that record is all the music we loved growing up. I guess you could just say you can hear all our influences in our music. Tat was the problem with our marketing strategy; people didn’t really understand what we were. A rap group, a rock band, some kind of weird experimental Beastie Boys cover band…people didn’t understand until they came and saw us. Tey realised we were playing all kinds of different music in one song but we didn’t force it. So I think that lends itself to us being able to play it 20 years later. Huey, you’re well known these days for your great shows on 6Music and Radio 2. How much say do you get in what you play on the radio? I can often tell when you’re more excited by some tracks rather than others! It’s about an 80/20 split with 6Music, so that’s not bad at all, pretty good actually. I choose 100% of the music for my Radio 2 show, and I’m lucky to have guys at both places who have given me enough rope to hang myself and I haven’t hung myself yet! I don’t think, honestly, I could do a 100% playlisted show and be honest and happy about it. How did you get into radio? Tey approached me and asked if I’d like to do a show. I was always a club DJ and had been doing that since I can remind. But DJing for the BBC was interesting because at first I wasn’t given a brief, they just said just play what you want. Tat was cool, doing Sundays up until three years ago, and then I moved to Saturdays 10-1, which is not considered a specialist slot like Cerys or Guy Garvey’s shows, where you

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can play whatever you want. And when I accepted that slot change I said if you want Reggie Jackson to come play for the Yankees you’ve got to give him what he wants! You’ve played Norwich band and Outline faves BK & Dad on your show before which was very exciting. What was it about their music that you liked so much? Yeah, they’re a great band. You know, maybe I can’t put it into words as well as a music journalist like yourself could, but it’s something that touches you sonically, that moves you out of your comfort zone. I think it’s what all great music does, and I found it with those guys. I hear people who are new musicians coming out and they’re compelled to do it, not because they want to be on TV or on the radio, but because this is what they do and what their heart tells them to do. Tat’s a real admirable trait. It used to be an every day occurrence back in the day, these days it’s few and far between. So when you feel those things for music, I think it’s important, especially in my position, to play that music for other people. You were in the Marines when you were

younger. What did that experience teach you that has been useful? To be quite frank it taught me about life in a way that nothing else could have. I wasn’t a kid when I got a record deal, I was 27. So now I’m 47, and a lot of musicians celebrating records that are 20 years old are 40…there are a lot of 40 year old boys walkin’ around! I was a 27 year old man when I got a deal. It grew me up and gave me a perspective on life and on what I was doing, and gave me a respect for that. It allowed me to enjoy what I was doing and not look around corners when I was approaching them and to live in the moment. I think that was one of the things that made me grow over the years. You know, I’m a dad of two now, I’m happily married and I’m in love with life!

Lizz Page

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