Matthew Jay Is Obsessed with Trash Culture

$25 to see Starsailor open for the Charlatans is even worse than $18 to see them open for the Doves. Highway robbery, eh?

a very coldplay xmas

Damn, I want one.

Whiney Brit-pop interview from Heaven. Staring Matthew Jay and Jamesy Walsh. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of slagging off…. AND THE FACT THAT MATTHEW JAY IS CRAZY WELSHMAN OBSESSED WITH AMERICAN POP CULTURE… some examples:

MATTHEW JAY AND JAMES WALSH MET LAST YEAR AT A STARSAILOR GIG IN THE
SOCIAL IN NOTTINGHAM. JAMES WAS ALREADY A FAN OF MATTHEW’S MUSIC – HE
HAD BOUGHT MATTHEW’S FIRST TWO E.P.’S AND HAD SEEN HIS PERFORMANCE AT
GLASTONBURY. THE TWO HAVE BECOME GOOD FRIENDS, AND RECENTLY FOUND THEMSELVES
TOURING NORTH AMERICA AT THE SAME TIME. THE INTERVIEW TOOK PLACE IN
A HOTEL BAR IN TORONTO.

Q: WHO WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BIGGEST VILLAIN IN ENTERTAINMENT?

A: I WOULD HAVE TO SAY FRAN HEALY. I HAVE SPOKE TO HIM AND HE’S A REALLY, REALLY NICE GUY AND I DON’T WANT TO SLAG HIM OFF OR HURT HIS FEELINGS, BUT IF THERE IS SUCH A THING AS ‘ANTI-MUSIC’ THEN IT’S TRAVIS. ALL THAT THEY WANT TO DO IS MAKE SONGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE QUITE LIKE AND THEY DON’T WANT TO BREAK ANY NEW GROUND, THAT’S WHAT FRAN TOLD ME AND IT’S WHAT HE’S SAID IN INTERVIEWS, SO I’M NOT SAYING ANYTHING HE HASN’T SAID HIMSELF. HE THINKS ITS SELFISH TO GET TOO OBSESSED WITH YOUR MUSIC, AND THAT SONG ‘SING’, THE BIT WHERE HE GOES ‘SING SING SING’, THAT MELODY HAS BEEN USED IN HUNDREDS OF SONGS BEFORE. WHY NOT DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETHING A BIT WEIRD? I FIND FRAN’S MUSIC OFFENSIVE EVEN THOUGH AS A MAN HE’S REALLY NICE. HE TOLD ME THAT HE DOESN’T LIKE WHAT RADIOHEAD ARE DOING BECAUSE IT’S TOO OBSESSIVE, BUT I THINK SOME OF THE STUFF ON RADIOHEAD’S LAST TWO ALBUMS HAS BEEN TERRIFIC, REALLY FUCKED UP. HOW CAN YOU MAKE MUSICAL PROGRESS WITHOUT ATTENTION TO DETAIL? THAT’S WHAT IAN MACDONALD SAID IN THE BOOK ‘REVOLUTION IN THE HEAD’, HE SAID ORIGINAL OUTPUT OFTEN COMES FROM ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND IT’S TRUE. IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE EXCITED BY DOING SOMETHING NEW AND IF YOU JUST WANT TO WRITE A REASONABLY PLEASANT TUNE LIKE ‘DRIFTWOOD’ THEN…….I QUITE LIKE THAT SONG BUT I HATE QUITE LIKING THINGS. I WANT TO LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM. SORRY FRAN!

Q: WHAT WAS THE FIRST SONG THAT YOU TAPED OFF THE RADIO?

A: IT WAS ‘THE RIGHT STUFF’ BY NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, AND I REMEMBER THEY HAD TWO SONGS IN THE TOP TEN, THERE WAS ‘HANG TOUGH’ AND ‘THE RIGHT STUFF’ AND I TAPED THEM BOTH. I TAPED ‘HANG TOUGH’ BECAUSE I LIKED DONNY, WHO’S AN ACTOR NOW I THINK, AND I REMEMBER ASKING MY MUM IF THEY REALLY WERE TOUGH AND SHE SAID “WELL I THINK IT MIGHT ALL BE AN ACT”, AND I REMEMBER BEING ABSOLUTELY DISTRAUGHT THAT THEY MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY BE TOUGH.

Q. IF YOU COULD SET UP A ‘SUPERGROUP’ OF ANY MUSICIANS, ALIVE OR DEAD,
WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? YOU CAN HAVE 4 OR 5 MEMBERS.
A. OKAY, YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE CHEMISTRY OF THE BAND, YOU CAN’T
JUST HAVE THE BEST PEOPLE, YOU HAVE TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE CONTENT
TO SIT BACK AND NOT WANT TO BE THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION. CAN I CHOOSE
A PRODUCER AS WELL? OKAY, AS MY PRODUCER I’D HAVE DR DRE. HE’S AS GOOD
AS QUINCY JONES, AND HE’S A RAPPER, AND HE LOOKS GREAT, AND HE SIGNED
EMINEM, AND HE’S GOT HIS OWN LABEL. SO HE COULD PRODUCE IT, AND….CAN
I BE IN THE BAND? I WANT TO BE IN THIS BAND. YES? OKAY, SO I’LL BE THE
SINGER, AND I’D HAVE MY BAND’S GUITARIST SAM HEMPTON ON GUITAR. I LIKE
HIM AND JOHNNY GREENWOOD (RADIOHEAD). I THINK JOHNNY IS MORE TECHNICAL
THAN SAM, BUT SAM IS REALLY IMAGINATIVE. HE PLAYED ON ‘REMEMBER THIS
FEELING’ ON MY ALBUM, HE USED A DRUMSTICK TO COME UP WITH THIS MAD NOISE
AND IT’S MY FAVOURITE MOMENT ON THE ALBUM. SO NOW I NEED A DRUMMER,
ALTHOUGH DR DRE WOULD PROVIDE THE LOOPS AND SAMPLED DRUMS. I WOULD SAY
RINGO STARR JUST FOR HIS PERSONALITY, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HE WASN’T
A REALLY GREAT DRUMMER YOU NEED SOMEONE IN THE BAND TO CLOWN AROUND.
NOW WE NEED A BASS PLAYER. RONNIE LANE FROM THE SMALL FACES. HE’S A
SONGWRITER AS WELL AND A REALLY MELODIC PLAYER. I LIKE MCCARTNEY AS
WELL BUT I DON’T THINK HE AND DR DRE WOULD GET ON. THERE’D BE TOO MUCH
BICKERING IN THE STUDIO. AND I’D ALSO HAVE A RAPPER – EMINEM. I WOULD
SAY THAT HE’S A GOOD AS BOB DYLAN, HE’S LIKE THE RAP EQUIVALENT. HIS
LYRICS ARE AMAZING.

AHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

And from the Berryman:

COLDPLAY HAVE SPENT MUCH OF 2001 TOURING IN AMERICA,
WHERE ‘PARACHUTES’ SALES HAVE ALMOST REACHED THE 1 MILLION MARK. I SPOKE
TO BASSIST GUY BERRYMAN AS THE BAND WERE ENJOYING A RARE EXTENDED STAY
IN THE UK THIS JULY.

SO, YOU’VE BEEN ON THE ROAD FOR MORE OR LESS A YEAR NOW, ARE YOU BORED
WITH TOURING YET?

NO, NOT AT ALL. I’M STILL REALLY ENJOYING IT. WE’VE GOT A GREAT CREW
AROUND US AND WE’VE WRITTEN SOME NEW SONGS THAT HAVE GIVEN THE LIVE
SHOW A WHOLE NEW LEASE OF LIFE.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING RADIO CITY HALL IN NEW YORK IN JUNE?

IT WAS AMAZING, I HAD NO IDEA HOW HUGE THE PLACE WAS. INSIDE THERE ARE
PICTURES OF ALL THE STARS WHO’VE PLAYED THERE, LIKE FRANK SINATRA. TO
THINK WE’VE PLAYED IN THE SAME VENUE AS HIM, IT MAKES IT REALLY SPECIAL.
AND WE PLAYED A GREAT GIG, ONE OF THE BEST ON THE AMERICAN TOUR.

COLDPLAY SEEM TO ATTRACT A LOT OF CELEBRITY FANS TO YOUR GIGS, WHAT
DOES THAT FEEL LIKE?

IT’S WEIRD AND AMUSING. YOU’LL BE BACKSTAGE AFTER A GIG AND SCULLY FROM
THE X-FILES IS WANDERING ROUND THE DRESSING ROOM. IT’S MORE SURREAL
THAN COOL TO BE HONEST.

WHAT’S IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE FOR COLDPLAY?

WE’RE OFF TO AUSTRALIA AND THE FAR EAST THEN BACK TO THE UK FOR V2001,
WHICH I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TOO BECAUSE IT WAS BRILLIANT LAST YEAR.
THEN IT’S BACK TO AMERICA FOR A FEW MORE DATES. AFTER THAT, IN OCTOBER
WE’LL START RECORDING THE NEW ALBUM.

HOW IS THE SONG-WRITING GOING FOR THE NEW ALBUM?

REALLY GOOD, WE’VE GOT 18 SONGS IN PROGRESS. SOME FINISHED, SOME NOT.
WE’RE NOT SURE WHICH ARE THE BEST SO WE’RE PLANNING TO RECORD THEM ALL
AND THEN PICK THE ONES FOR THE ALBUM AFTERWARDS.

SO THE MOOD IN THE COLDPLAY CAMP IS GOOD?

YEAH, EVERYONE’S REALLY HAPPY AT THE MOMENT. WE’RE FIRED UP ABOUT THE
NEW SONGS AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO GET IN THE STUDIO TO RECORD THEM.

COLDPLAY’S NEW ALBUM WILL BE OUT NEXT YEAR.