What was it like while you've been away from performing live?
I got to the point where I was a bit disillusioned in some senses with the music scene, particularly the business side of it. Things have changed with digital platforms and I decided to just take some time out. I've just got married and I decided to spend some time doing other things. So, I think it was good because it kind of lets you sit back and you can reflect on what you're doing or what you've done and so on. So then it was interesting to have a break and now to be back again doing new things. I guess it's important sometimes just to step away and think about what you want to do.
But this means you have to rebuild the interest of the audience you've stayed away from.
Yeah. I mean, now I don't think I'm going to stop and take a huge amount of time out. I'll just keep playing live, releasing things. I don't see a necessity to have to put something out, to have to do a tour or a record. I've never believed in that idea in the first place. I think it kind of kills your creativity when you have to do these things. Especially when you're signed to a major label, which we were. We were signed to Polydor
and we had a major commitment to schedule records and live tours. So when it all became very much like a machine, it got a point and I remember it well...
There was a huge festival, I forgot what it was called, somewhere in Belgium, there were so many people that you couldn't see how many they were and I remember being at the side of the stage, watching each group taking over the stage and I thought ''oh my God, what am I doing here? I can't do this anymore, I got to get away. I want to do some radical music... jazz, experimental electronic music, push this envelope some more'', so I just left. I think that was the time when the accident in Paris was.
I remember we got at this place that was a Turkish Bath and the Rolling Stones
were making a video there that day, so we couldn't do the sound check and I was really angry like ''who the hell are these guys? I have to do the sound check!'' and I asked someone what was happening and they said ''they're shooting a video'' and I say ''what do you mean they're making a video? We're supposed to do the same'' and he said ''well, that's the Rolling Stones''. laughs
And you can see Paul in the back in the video. I remember going in one of these rooms and there was Keith Richards
. It's very strange... you don't really want to go up to them and say anything. It's impossible, you know...
After that, it all really went kind of weird that day; it was such a weird day. After that, I never wanted to be in that sort of situation again where I was kind of like a commodity for someone, having to make a video, a tour, an album... So I thought ''that's it, I don't want to do it anymore''. I just worked on my own way and when I had something finished and I felt it was good, I'd put it out, however long it would take me to.
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