I recently conducted an in depth reflective interview with John Waugh of The 1975 in an interview that touches upon rock and roll excess, the pressure of touring, mental health, and the dangers of a social media culture for young musicians.
The 1975, who’s second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep…’, beat David Bowie’s Blackstar* to win the 2016 Q award for Best Album, have also received nominations in the Grammy’s and Mercury Prize. This has seen John playing on two No.1 albums, touring the globe, and is set to play Madison Square Gardens later in the year.
John tells us, in fascinating detail, his journey from his early musical influences, how studying at Leeds College of Music affected his career, and how difficult it is to write emotional music for the saxophone without inadvertently sounding like Michael Bolton!
Also discussed on the podcast; how he channels nervous energy before gigs, the surrealness of playing to nearly 80,000 at Glastonbury, the making of his second EP via Skype, and the importance of art in today’s political climate.
‘If you’re angry, disappointed, find an awesome and creative vice to express it responsibly, art and music has more purpose now’
**Not to be outdone, Blackstar beat The 1975’s album ‘I Like it When You Sleep…’ to win Best Album at this year’s Brit Awards. Hear from Grammy winning producer Tony Visconti, producer of Blackstar and long time Bowie collaborator, on episode 15 of The StageLeft Podcast. This was recorded one week prior to the Albums release, and was released sadly, three days before Bowie’s passing.
The StageLeft Podcast