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The track is a blistering sneak preview from band's eagerly anticipated new studio album (due Feb 2010). It will be released on November 16th in the following formats:
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The track features a scintillating vocal from SaintSaviour, who will be the live frontwoman for GA's upcoming shows.
"We've worked with a lot of legends over the years,? says Andy Cato. ?Now we've found one ourselves. We've only done a couple of ?Black Light Live? warm-up gigs with her so far, but already I'm only ever asked one question. Who IS that girl?"
|GA Blog 26: Andy - London / Tokyo||8/3/07|
|Hi Andy, how are you?|
Fine thanks. I'm at Tom's house today. We're waiting for someone from the Observer newspaper, followed by Alan from The Rakes.
What's the Observer thing?
I believe it's an interview about Lovebox.
Were you as happy with Lovebox as Tom was?
Definitely. It was an amazing achievement really. If you include Dublin we got 50,000 people out and about that weekend. It's just incredible when you think of it in those terms. Especially when it's all come from a bunch of friends who've just tried to nail down that true Glastonbury-style festival spirit in the heart of London. We've got that spot on now. Lovebox isn't just about the music, it's about everything that goes on around it. I feel pretty proud of it.
Presumably the festival is here to stay now.
I think so. It is a real battle to establish an independent festival in a market where everyone's got far more money than you have, especially when you want to do something that's genuinely different and exciting. The first few years were really tough. But we've turned a real corner this year, both in terms of selling the London one out on that scale and also getting to the point where agents are phoning us up saying they want their bands to play. I think this is the point all the hard work and all the money we've lost over the years feels worthwhile.
Yeah. Although we still managed to lose money again. But at least we lost less this time.
You really can't make money off something like that?
Well the site looked amazing, we had bits of New York streets going down one side of it and crazy camps in the trees. Plus we were charging �35 a ticket and you'd pay that to see one of the bands that were on the main stage, never mind all 16 of them. But we want to keep the price down, because it's about keeping it vibey and allowing people who live locally to come. We don't want it to be some sort of �90 picnic hamper extravaganza. So we will probably have to start looking for a bit of sponsorship to make the sums add up.
And why is Alan from The Rakes coming over today?
He's going to be doing the vocals for this cover of Madonna's 'Crazy For You' we're doing for Radio One. On the Thursday before Lovebox weekend we had one of our infamous all-nighters in the studio. The track went in a different direction, so we started to imagine more of a male vocal, like that old Cure tune, 'Close To Me'. If you take the lyrics in that way, they can actually be quite melancholy. So Alan's coming over today to sing it.
The Armada were in Japan last week, how was that?
It was a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. We'd already had a couple of madcap days with Lovebox and trying to finish a million things at Tom's studio and then it was straight off to Japan. We did a night flight and arrived in the daytime, so we tried to stay up and hang on in there to reset the body clock. That inevitably led to a few drinks which led to a big night out that went on slightly longer than was probably wise.
Had you been to Tokyo before?
Only once, for a day. Culturally it is like landing on Mars, which is brilliant cos there's very few places left in the world that are like that. So, yeah, the next day we had this long coach ride up into the mountains for the Fuji Rock festival which happens in a ski resort during the summer time. It was about a four hour journey up there - and it was great to see some of the amazing Japanese countryside. So then we arrived and it's an incredible site. It looks as big as Glastonbury. There must have been 100,000 people there.
How was the gig?
I'm pleased to say it was another triumph for the band. Because of the label problems we've had over the years, we've been pretty invisible in Japan throughout our career, but we were headlining this thing called the White Stage which was this amazing tree-lined amphitheatre. The thing was, the first half of our set corresponded with Muse being on the other stage and the second half corresponded with The Cure. So given that it was a rock festival and our stage was hidden away at the far end of the site, I couldn't believe it when we walked out and there were about 45,000 people there. Especially when they all went absolutely mental.
What did you do after the show?
We finished the gig about midnight and then left the site about 1.30am, taking most of the dressing room rider with us on the coach. Then we had a four hour coach journey back, but for the first three hours the drummer, Martin, and the guitar player, George, hosted a kind of Alan Partridge-style chat show and karaoke session on the coach microphone. It was very funny. And then just as people were flaking out, we got onto the Tokyo ring road and suddenly you could see why it's called Land of the Rising Sun. This huge, red ball came out of nowhere and hung over the skyline. That was quite a sight.
How many days were you out there for?
Just a couple.
Is it weird going to these amazing places and having to leave without getting to see them properly?
Yeah, but that's what it's been like for the last ten years!
Where did you go after Japan?
Well, four of us had to go straight to the airport from that coach and fly to Singapore. You'd think it's nearby, but it was a six and a half hour flight. And that night I DJed at this place called Zouk. It's this amazing club which was set up by a guy who spent a lot of time in Ibiza and fell in love with it. So he went back to Singapore and re-created Pacha.
How was it?
Mental. Apparently they had the busiest night they'd had for years. It was chaos, all culminating in a fried egg at about seven the next morning!
Have people heard of Groove Armada out there?
Oh, definitely. They sold the tickets out a month beforehand. It was one of those ones where as soon as you put your headphones on, before you've even started a record, there's this huge roar.
Must be an odd feeling going to a country you've never been to and getting that kind of reception.
Yeah, and long may it continue! Of course the other side is that you've not slept for two or three days and that roar goes off and then you've got to concentrate and deliver. You don't want to let those people down. But I'm pleased to say it really went off. I was on the turntables, Mike was MCing and Patrick was on percussion. It was great.
So then back to London?
Yeah, a thirteen and a half hour flight followed by a lovely two hour queue at passport control. Then there was time for a quick cat nap and it was back to the studio again. There's lots of things to finish at the moment. It's definitely a no-rest situation.
You haven't stopped for months.
Well there were definitely a couple of moments during the Japan and Singapore trip where the old legs start to go a bit. I'm pretty good at taking the no sleep thing, but I suppose there is only so far you can go. But when the music is crossing this many boundaries and appealing to people who are so different and so far apart, you've just got to seize the opportunities.
And, of course, 'Song 4 Mutya' gave you your highest ever UK chart position on Sunday.
Yeah. After it topped the airplay charts, it would've maybe been nice to get into the Top 5, but number 8 was still great. And ultimately it's all about getting the album out there. You can see from the label's sales reports that several thousand people took the decision to buy the album instead of the single, so that's good.
What's coming up in the next couple of weeks?
Well, we'll finish this Madonna tune with Alan today. Then, as far as I'm aware, tomorrow is free, so it could be an extended sleep day. And then it's off to Portugal to play at a festival in Lisbon. Then to Denmark. Then a couple of things I can't quite remember, culminating at Space in Ibiza for the Radio One weekend.
How far ahead is your life mapped out?
Until the start of October, really. That's the moment to sling the hammock and lie down.
When were you last at home in Barcelona?
Ooh, quite a few weeks ago. I definitely need to buy some more boxer shorts. The weekly loop of washing is starting to break down a bit.
And there's a UK tour due to be announced soon?
Yeah, I think we're just finalising the venues. We want to do this tour in places the size of Manchester Apollo and Brixton Academy so that we can do the full visual thing and bring in some more guests. You need to be a bit creative to find those kind of venues outside of the obvious places. I think they're just sorting all that out and then we'll go to press with it.
Finally, any news on the track you're making with Kylie?
I don't think we should say anything about Kylie any more. People keep putting words in our mouths and creating a lot of problems. So I think we're just gonna shut up about it now!
|GA Blog 3: Tom - Lovebox / Hollywood||7/25/07|
|Hello Tom. How are you?|
Yeah, I'm good. I've been working hard over the last couple of weeks. It's been a bit of a mad one, with Lovebox finally happening and 'Song 4 Mutya' coming out.
How was Lovebox?
I was over the moon with it. I thought it was the best one we've done by a million miles. There was quite a snotty review in the Standard that I was a bit annoyed about, but everyone else seemed to love it. There was just a really good vibe. Blondie were brilliant and the rest of the programme - all the side stages and everything - worked out perfectly. Well, apart from Sly And The Family Stone. He totally blew it. He stayed in his hotel room for most of the gig. Oh, and we had a bit of a heavy police presence, unfortunately.
Yeah, that was a bit of a disappointment. They called us in on Friday and said they'd had some sort of specific intelligence and they basically flooded the place with police. It was a bit of a shame. But when the Met Police tells you, you've just got to go with it. So there were a lot of uniforms on site. And plain clothes officers too. I think they were concerned there was going to be some kind of gang turf war or something. But the whole event was still really good. The feedback I got from just wandering around was really, really positive.
Did you sell enough tickets?
Yeah, we did. We hit the break even point last week, so we probably ended up making about eight quid from it. Actually the merchandise seemed to fly out of the place, which should help. I would urge anybody who's not bought one of the lovely Lovebox shopping bags to go and get it as a rival to the Anna Hindmarch "I'm not a plastic bag" one. Take a look at the bags here: http://transmissionstores.co.uk/love...
How was Groove Armada's set?
It was brilliant actually. Definitely a fitting close to the whole thing. 'Song 4 Mutya' was great. It was the first time it's really felt like a single when we've played it. Everyone was singing along, which is quite an unusual experience for us. You can't really sing along to acid bleeps.
What did you do afterwards?
I went out to The End for the after-party and had a bit of a large one. And then I woke up yesterday morning and realised me and Andy had a lot of work to do in the studio. So I was feeling a bit tender for that, but we got a lot done. We were working on our cover for Radio One and our stuff for Kylie.
Did you decide on a vocalist for your Radio One cover yet?
We haven't yet. As you know, we're doing Madonna's 'Crazy For You', but in a Groove Armada style. We're thinking it might be good to get a mumbly northern indie fella. So watch this space.
And how was the Dublin Lovebox?
Yeah, that was really good too. The weather was decent and the crowd were amazing. We'll definitely be back there next year.
So 'Song 4 Mutya' is out this week. It seems to be doing very well.
Absolutely. It made it to Number 13 last week on downloads alone, so we're hopeful it'll go Top 10 now that you can buy it on CD and vinyl.
It topped the airplay chart too.
Yeah, we were pretty made up about that.
And since we last spoke, you've been out to LA for a gig there.
That's right, at the Hollywood Bowl. That was pretty amazing. It was a fundraiser for KCRW which is a big public radio station out there. It's like the one credible station they have. We played before this very bizarre Mexican band called Caf? Tacuba. I couldn't get my head around them at all. Something of a novelty act. But, yeah, we went on at about 8 o'clock when it was still light.
What sort of crowd was it?
It was actually quite a well-off looking crowd, producer types, sitting there in white slacks with their jumpers over their shoulders. And all the front rows were seated with waiter service. So we weren't holding out too much hope for the show, but it actually turned out to be a really good. We had all the Hollywood producer types dancing like your dad at a wedding. It was quite funny. There's a good video on YouTube of it. The guy spans around the place and you get a sense of the scale of it. Watch the video here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lep6S...
How many people were there?
Eighteen thousand. It's an amazing place. Probably the most beautiful venue I've ever seen. We had a couple of good days in LA around the show too. But I think the band were all dismayed that everyone goes home in LA at two in the morning, presumably to do press ups and get their facials done. That's not really the Groove Armada way. We still had a good time, though. We made the most of it.
Are Groove Armada having a big crack at America?
Um, not so much a big crack as a little tickle. It's just so vast. But we might have a label deal on offer and if we get that then we'll probably go out for a couple of weeks. I don't think we'll be slogging around in a tourbus for a year and a half, though. That would be madness.
You went out to play Exit festival too.
Yes, in Belgrade. They had 10,000 Brits out there for it, cos it's 55 Euros for four days. It's a brilliant festival. It all takes place in this fortified city. We were on the same bill as Robert Plant, who's obviously a genuine rock 'n' roll legend. He was looking a bit like a computer salesman from Birmingham, to be honest. Tidier than I expected. And a lot more healthy looking. The Prodigy were on too, they banged it out like they always do. And then we came on after them and rocked it.
When you say "we came on" were you on the stage?
No, I've still not quite made it up there. But I really might be getting back on there soon. There's been some high level talks between me and Andy and I think it's quite likely.
It'd be nice if you did.
Well, yeah, I think it might be time for my return to the live line-up. But it was a good job I wasn't on stage at Lovebox because I'd been to Horse Meat Disco and to get in you had to buy a moustache for a pound. I got myself a really nice one, but it did make me look like Freddie Mercury. Or Tom Selleck.
So you're not going out to Japan with the band for Fuji Rock this week?
No, I'm afraid not. Andy's there, of course. I don't think we've ever actually played in Japan as a live band before. We did one DJ set as a warm-up for a band called Hard Knocks about six years ago. But everyone tells me it's an amazing festival and we've got a great slot, so it should be good. Apparently it's at the bottom of a mountain. But I'm actually having a much-needed week's holiday with the family.
Have you decided on the third single from the album yet?
Yes, it's going to be 'The Things That We Could Share'. It took a while to decide between that track, 'The Girls Say' and 'Lightsonic'. But we got there eventually. We're working on a little edit for it at the moment. We're also planning another UK tour for October and November sort of time. And we've got plans to make quite a magical live album next March, but I can't tell you much about that yet.
And how are things looking at Cambridge United?
Pretty good actually. We've got a great new shirt. They've finally gone back to the traditional yellow and black stripes that we always used to have. I'll definitely be buying one. And we seem to have picked up some interesting free signings in the summer. So it's all looking pretty good. There's that general sense of pre-season optimism that'll no doubt melt away by the fourth game when we realise we're still rubbish.
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|GA Blog 2: Andy - Holiday time / Silver Dream||7/10/07|
|Hi Andy, how are you doing?|
I'm not bad, thanks. I'm on me holidays in Ibiza, which is nice.
You're showing true dedication to the blog cause by speaking to us
during your hols.
Well exactly, yeah.
How long are you there?
Well it ends briefly tonight, because I'm playing at Pacha with Tom,
with our MC MAD and our percussion player Patrick. We basically DJ
until 7am, then get on a plane at 8 to go back to London to do a
one-off live gig at the ICA for iTunes. And then I'll come back on
Sunday and try to forget that all happened and get on with the
Is it not a busman's holiday going on holiday to Ibiza?
Well, not really. I absolutely love this place. I've been coming
here for 16 years now and you can just do whatever you want. If you
want to go mental, you obviously can and we've done our fair share
of that over the years. But it's also one of the most beautiful
places in the world once you get off the beaten track into the hills
or onto some of the smaller beaches or whatever. You've got to love
those long afternoons of cold beers, rose and fish.
How long have you been there so far?
For five days. The beginning of the holiday got a bit eaten into
because we got an offer to play at a festival in Poland on the
Baltic Sea. That was quite a weird one. Saturday night I was on the
Baltic with horizontal rain playing to a sea of umbrellas. And by
Sunday I was in the sunshine on the white isle.
Was the Polish festival good?
Yeah, considering the conditions, they were really up for it. I take
my hat off to them, because it certainly wasn't the ideal situation.
We were playing in a World War II airfield, so there was no shelter
or cover. There were about 45,000 people there, though, and they
seemed to enjoy themselves. So it was definitely worth the trip.
What have you done with your holiday so far?
Well, I've had to make a few phone calls, because one of the many
casualties of Glastonbury was quite a few of my CDs and records. So
I've been having to piece those back together. I was down there for
a few days camping with some friends and I had one fateful night at
the Horse Meat Disco where I went in at about 11pm then came out at
about 6am having lost my trainers, coat and quite a few records and
CDs. All I'd gained was a stick on moustache. So it was quite a costly evening.
Are they replaceable?
Well, luckily these days I buy vinyl and then put them onto CDs, so
I do still have the originals. It's just a faff to get it all sorted
out. My source records are in Barcelona, but luckily I've got enough
friends on the island to be able to piece it all back together again.
So you had a good Glastonbury?
I did, although obviously a muddy one. But we were keeping it real
in the tent. Although, having said that, on day two we came across
some friends who had this Winnebago and they had this whole boot
section that they hadn't even opened. It was small - about five feet
by three feet - but it was dry. So we moved out of the tent into the boot.
Which was OK, apart from that the van was on a slight hill. I slept
on the lower point, so my friend Adrian was on top of me, snoring,
which was a bit of a blow.
How did a giant like you fit into a five foot boot?
Well, it's not easy but I've had plenty of practice on the tour bus.
I can shrink to fit into any small space, almost like Houdini . But
then after Glastonbury I had the ultimate schedule nightmare of
DJing on the Saturday night until about 4, followed by a family
function the next day in Norfolk.
Of course! How did that go?
Well getting off the site was a nightmare. It involved a two and a
half mile march through proper, battlefield mud. So we finally got
there and I'd asked for a car with a bit of legroom so I could get
some kip before the party and I ended up with this limousine called
Silver Dream! It was hilarious, like one of those ones you'd see
going up and down Southend on a Saturday night.
How long did the journey take?
Six hours. At least I could stretch out, although I got quite a lot
of mud on his carpet. But I don't think he'd ventured much beyond
the west country, so I had to spend the whole time giving him directions.
So by the time I got to the other end, I not only looked like a war
casualty, but I was quite red eyed as well.
But they were presumably grateful that you showed up.
I'm not sure about that! Their carpet was certainly a lot dirtier
once I'd arrived.
Of course last week's big news was you guys standing in for Pete
Tong again. How did that go?
Oh, brilliant. We both loved it. Being the person saying "welcome to
the weekend" is amazing. And they're really great in the extent that
they let us have free rein of the tunes. Obviously you have to bear
in mind that you're starting off after drive time on a Friday, so
there's no point going straight into bleeps and acid at that stage,
but as long as you're sensible, you can basically play two hours
music that you love to millions of people while being a bit stupid
at the same time. And that's a lot of fun.
Did you get good feedback again?
Yeah, they seemed really happy with it. I think if you're enjoying
yourself, that comes across. And then I got roped into some DJ caper
that Tom was doing afterwards. Then we went from there to have a
drink at this new swanky Shoreditch House place that Tom's joined.
We left there at three in the morning and went more or less straight
to Heathrow to fly out to Poland. So, yeah, by the time I got to
Ibiza I was definitely ready for a sit down and a beer.
Do you listen to music on holiday?
Actually, it's quite annoying cos I filled up my iPod with loads of
stuff that I want to listen to but haven't had chance, but I forgot
the charging wire. So when I get round to it, I"m going to have to
go and buy a new wire, because it is perfect listening time.
Is there anything in particular you want to listen to?
The new Editors album and the Simian Mobile Disco one. And I'd like
to hear the White Stripes one too. I did a bit of a supermarket
sweep of the CDs at the airport.
And other than that you're just taking it easy?
Well, yeah, once I get through tonight and tomorrow. And then next
week is pretty much uninterupted holiday. I can't wait.
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|GA Blog 1: Tom - Glasto mud / Athens riots||7/2/07|
|Hey Tom. How are things in Camp Groove Armada?|
They're good. And manic. You've caught me in one of those little whirlwinds that we have from time to time. Last night we were up until five in the morning doing a cover of 'Crazy For You' by Madonna. Radio 1 are doing this special anniversary thing and they're giving lots of bands a year to pick a song from. We got 1991. It wasn't a great year for music to be honest. But 'Crazy For You' was definitely a song that I slow danced to in the past. I've romanced a few women with braces to that tune, so it felt like the right thing to do.
How are you interpreting it?
Well we've done this quite minimal version. Not in a DC10 kind of way, more in a stripped back way, with a slight nod to The Cure in the chorus. The stuff we did with Kylie had the same sort of sound, sort of Blondie pop. Maybe Blondie are in our water because they're playing Lovebox. We're just trying to find someone to sing it at the moment. We know who we'd like to sing it, but we haven't spoken to them yet.
Apparently 'Crazy For You' actually came out in 1985, then re-charted as a remix in 1991.
Ah, right! That explains why I was romancing girls with braces to it. It would've been a bit sad to be doing that when I was 19. As long as whoever's doing 1985 for Radio 1 hasn't picked that too, we should be alright.
What are you doing right now?
I'm in a car on my way to Radio 1 to do our second Pete Tong takeover night. I'm getting there in plenty of time, because we've got all these mini mixes that we need to load into the system and then I've got to give myself enough drinking time to be able to pull it off.
Are you nervous?
I'm actually not too bad this time. I think it's going to be a better show, we've got some really good tunes. Our essential new tune is Robot Man by The Aliens remixed by Riton. It's rocking. It's nice that you do get quite a lot of creative control about what you can play. Apart from Armand Van Helden which we've got to play as our second tune.
Do you not like it?
I do actually. It's absolutely terrible in the best kind of Friday night way. I've just got to bring myself round to admitting that I like it. It's gonna be a big tune, it's like an '80s rip-off that he's gone for with utter, utter shamelessness, like he does.
Have you met Mr Van Helden?
I have. I met him with Roger Sanchez. I've never seen two people with such immaculate facial hair standing shoulder to shoulder in my life. But I'd say Armand's was better.
Will you be plugging groovearmada.com on the radio?
I think we'll mainly be plugging Lovebox to be honest! It's pretty much full steam ahead with that now, with three weeks to go.
How is it going?
Good. With Lovebox, people always buy their tickets in the last couple of weeks, so it's squeaky bum time at the moment, as Alex Ferguson would say. But I think we'll be fine.
Do you have an early weather forecast?
Well I just think it can't keep being this shitty forever, so I'm going to predict full-on sunshine. Without a doubt.
How was Glastonbury last week?
To be honest, I thought it was a good Glastonbury, but not a great one. Just because of the weather. It was definitely the muddiest Glastonbury I've ever been to and it did get a bit wearing. There was one bit where I had to walk from one side of the site to the other. I'd just been watching The Klaxons, who were good, then I went to to Horse Meat Disco which is this gay disco thing that we've got at Lovebox. It was amazing actually, it was like a stage set out of Guys And Dolls but with all these scary - in a good way - gay men. Lots of big men in lycra. But, yeah, that walk between the two took about an hour and a half and I did nearly cry when I realised I had to do it all again to get back to my car.
Did you sleep in your Beetle as planned?
No, I didn't. Andy slept in the boot of a Winnebago, which I thought was impressive. I didn't know you could get six foot eight of trombone player into a Winnebago boot, but he did it. I went back to a hotel about an hour away, had a really nice bit of breakfast in bed with the missus and didn't bother going back to the site on Sunday. That isn't very rock 'n' roll but, to be honest, walking around festival fields is something I do a lot of in the summer and actually having a night in a hotel with the missus, with no children and a full English breakfast was a rare treat!
What else did you do this week?
I've been working on my debut release for Andy's Pack Up And Dance label, which I'm very excited about. I think that's going to go out under the name Too Much, Too Young, which if you saw me recently, you'd understand. And I did some work on a new twelve for Sugardaddy. It's been pretty full-on actually. Oh, and we went out with our record label on Wednesday, to London's fashionable Shoreditch House. I've gotta say I've sold out and become a member there. I really like it actually. It's a bit weird because you're surrounded by lots of people who look a bit like you and do the same thing as you, but it's got an amazing roof-top set-up overlooking East London.
Do lots of famous people go there?
You see a few. Giles Deacon, the young British fashion designer was there. And I've seen a couple of people from GMTV. Oh, and Jamie Theakston. All the big names!
Is it expensive to join?
It's �500 a year, which isn't a bad deal considering they've got a gym and a pool. Although I'm obviously never going to use either. The whole 22 hour drinking thing definitely appeals though. So, anyway, we had fun on Wednesday night. After the label had left we got hammered with the Lovebox crew. We all got emotional and there was a lot of hugging. I'm not sure why.
Is 'Song 4 Mutya' still shaping up well?
Yeah, it's on the Radio 1 A-list this week, which is great. There was a bit of a mess up with the video and we're a little bit disappointed by that. It's not quite in the same surrealist class as the bunny video. But, y'know, today's newspapers are tomorrow's chip paper and today's pop videos are, um, not something most people will remember in a few months!
Fern and Reggie on Radio 1 have been discussing the way you've made the word Mutya into three syllables in the song.
"Don't panic, panic Mut-tee-ya". Yes, that is the way it kind of scans. It had to be that really. But she's actually affectionately known within band as "The Mut".
That doesn't sound terribly affectionate.
Oh it is! I hope she doesn't take it the wrong way. It'll be as in "Where's The Mut?" But I do really like her. She's a bit of a raver, always coming in saying she's been out on a bender. We can all relate to that in the band.
Any other news?
Well, we had to pull our show in Athens next week. It got cancelled because apparently there were loads of anarchists rioting in the streets and it's 47 degrees. Whilst in Doncaster there's flooding and Andy can't even get in contact with his dad. So reach your own apocalyptic environmental conclusion from all of that.
Why are they rioting on the streets of Athens?
Because they're really hot!
You'd think they'd stay in and have a lie down.
Good point. But apparently they've been throwing gas canisters into gigs, so we were forced to cancel. But it does give me a day off in Amsterdam for my birthday which is... um... actually a recipe for disaster.
So your birthday's next week?
Yes. If anyone wants to send me gifts it's the fifth of July and I could do with some new swimming shorts. But not those ones that Tony Blair wears for God's sake. Speedos might work though.
Before that, you've got Turnmills on Saturday night.
That's right, I'm DJing at a night called Together which has been doing really well. But it's a bit terrifying because I'm DJing until 6am and then going straight to Heathrow for a flight to Turkey for our gig in Istanbul. Although, of course, I won't actually be playing at the gig. I've just got to get to Turkey, do two interviews and then lie down.
My granny would say you're burning the candle at both ends.
And she'd be right. At some point I'm going to have to take it easy.
Actually, I went three days last week without drinking.
The fact that you sound impressed by that is slightly concerning.
Mmm, true. For 48 hours I had some mental clarity, but now it's all gone again. I'm going to be the Keith Richards of dance music if I'm not careful.