February 2015

How has your life changed since your career started?
God, how hasn't it changed? I've been with this band for nearly twenty years now. Lemme see, since the start... well, we've done six albums, and our seventh is currently a work in progress. And there's all the successes that came with those, I don't think I need to go over all of it. I'd hate myself if I tried. What else? Uh, I got married, became a father, got divorced. Honestly, everything has changed. Or, nearly everything. But that's to be expected over the course of twenty years, yeah? I started out as a scrawny teenaged git playing piano with some mates in Cornwall, now I'm a scrawny middle-aged dad playing piano with my mates all over the damn world. The things that haven't changed are the things that were never gonna change, not really: I'm still in awe of the fact I get to make music for a living, I still prefer to make that music with the three twats I got as my best friends and bandmates, I still make a fool of myself whenever I dance, and I still live in constant fear of the day this whole operation goes tits up on me.

If you could go back in time to give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
Those semi-nude photo shoots are a shit idea and you know it, ya egotistical prick. Don't do that Graham Norton interview on your own, you'll hate yourself for it later. You've never had the stomach for self-abuse so quit reading those fucking reviews. Also, Ode to Deodorant is a bad song. It's awful. Don't waste your time on it. I mean it.

As of this exact moment, who is the most important person in your life and why?
I've got two of them, actually. Hector and Isadora. Or, Heck and the Iz Monster, as they're more commonly known in the Seawick household. No offense to the boys in Soundless, but those two runts of mine are the best things I ever had a hand in making.

What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
See above. I know, I know, I'm a disgusting sap. I guess I'm also immensely proud of the fact that the band is still together after all this time. People are always asking if I ever have plans to go solo and shit like that, but the answer is always no. No way in hell. Getting to make music with Will and Guy and Jonny has always been the ideal scenario for me, so I'm lucky we're still going strong as a unit. I'd hate having to do all this without them.

If you could change one thing in your field, what would it be?
Enough with the fucking critics. Maybe I'm still riding on some sort of post-Birdman viewing high, but seriously... enough. I can't stand the fact that a whole portion of the entertainment industry now consists of ripping apart other artists and entertainers for the work they do. Being a critic is the easiest fucking job on the planet, it requires nothing from you. No personal risk, no professional risk, no risk of any sort. You just review (often poorly and viciously, might I add) the hard work of others while you've been doing... what exactly? It's maddening that people get paid to shit all over the work of others like in today's entertainment industry. There's no art or finesse to it left, it's just brutality under the guise of informing music lovers and movie goers. Enough is enough. I have no respect for professional critics (especially the unprofessional professional critics) or people who get some sense of joy or accomplishment out of decimating the joy and accomplishments of others. If you think something could've been done better, don't sit at your computer and write a nasty review about it. That makes you no better than an internet troll in my eyes, even if you use your real name to publish what you wrote. No, if you think you can do better, then prove it. Go out there, put your money where your mouth is, and fucking do it better. I'd love to see how that works out.

How does your family take to your public persona?
They're thoroughly unimpressed. I've never been in The Wiggles and Soundless has yet to show up on Yo Gabba Gabba, so my kids are quite underwhelmed with all I've done. Though I will say, a few months back Harry Styles came out to one of our London shows and went out of his way to introduce himself to my Isadora afterwards. That was a huge help for me, lemme tell ya. Bumped me up quite a few notches with the kiddos. Not enough to finally outrank The Wiggles, but I'm starting to catch up and I owe it all to Harry fucking Styles.

Share the conception behind one of your songs.
I wrote Yellow as a means of mocking our colourblind bassist. Poor bastard.

Describe yourself in five words.
"That sell-out cunt from Yellow." Sell-out counts as one word, yeah? It's hyphenated. I'm counting it as one word.