Now is the perfect time because all of the things we used to sing about seem to be relevant again, so that catches people's interest. It's the fourth album from The Beat, the one I always wanted to make sure came out thirty years ago!
We've been working on it from about September last year. The majority of the songs are brand new, although we've included a couple that we've been playing live for the last year or so.
Yes it has, and unfortunately not! The only way it's worked in our favour is that you get loads of different types of music merged together now, and that's something that I feel we were trendsetters with.
Business is a lot harder now than it ever was though. Since the demise of the record company, records just don't sell as much. back in the day when we had twenty record companies competing against one another we sold more records, and now we only have three big record companies we sell less. The only way to make money in the industry at the moment is by playing live gigs and by selling records on the road!
In a way it's harder to discuss those subjects because of freedom of speech. The same problems still exist from the seventies - I’ve seen some change, but they've not changed enough - the world situaton only seems to have got worse. People may have slightly different concerns but they still have the same amount of worries and concerns.
I actually do think today's music has less power. Something happened in the sixties and the seventies that helped to propel the youth to find their own identity, and that happened a bit in the nineties, but from the year 2000 there seems to be very little for youth to identify with or to follow, apart from The X Factor and video games!
Yes, it's fine. We both find it easy as we've worked together for fifteen years now! We're partners in the band so we just get on with the job, and we get to enjoy it together.
It is definitely as much fun for us. We love getting the audience going and we feed that energy back to them. I think the audience would know if we were not having fun, it's a two-way street!
I can't see that happening unfortunately, simply because I know that some of the old line-up just aren't for it.
Generally it's very amicable. I'm not the type to have enemies, so I get on with all of them and am happy to talk to any of them.
I have too many favourites on the record, but if you were to force me to choose one then the one that stands out the most for me right now is 'Avoid The Obvious'.
I did seriously consider it a couple of years ago but I’ve gone off the idea again now. There's still another chapter for me to live through first, then maybe I’ll come back to the idea again in the future...
Yes! Lots and lots of singles, there's at least five or six of them still to come!
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