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Interview With Delphic 

delphicMatt: Hi there! How are you?

BBM: Not too bad thanks mate. Yourself?
I’m alright, although I’ve kind of woken up with a bit of a cold, which is a bit of a nightmare.

How come? Is it miserable over there at the minute?
Well the sun’s out today but… it’s Britain. You know how it is mate. It’s always pretty miserable here. But I think it’s just because we’ve been on tour and come back and it’s when you stop that the body just kind of goes ‘Urruuhh!’ and you get ill. That’s what’s happened to me. How are you, you OK?

Yeah I’m fine. I’m in Australia so I’m not going to start complaining about the weather to you really.
(laughs) Fair enough.

How was the tour of Europe?
Yeah it was really good thanks. I was bracing myself for the worst (weather) so I brought my thermals and all that, which did come in useful actually. But we were expecting to go around playing to five people at a time and we were blown away. We were playing to sell out crowds, which was just amazing. So now we’re just looking forward to going back, building on that and taking it further.

Any highlights for you? Or any cities that stood out?
Yeah, we love Berlin. Paris, as well, was just incredible. I mean Paris is… actually I’ve just picked the two most obvious cities in Europe haven’t I? I couldn’t have been more obvious unless, you know, I’d taken a red double decker bus from London to get there. No, no, where else was really good? Actually Oslo was great. I liked Oslo. And Copenhagen was really nice as well. We started in that kind of (Scandinavia) area and worked our way down. We went to this strange place in Copenhagen called Christiania? I think it’s called that.

Oh yeah, I know it. I’ve been there as well.
That place is just mad. It’s just like this Wild West town right in the middle of Copenhagen.

You’re not allowed to take photos there either. And they’ve got weed beer on tap.
Yeah they’re pretty hardcore. There’s people just out there in their stalls with these big tubs of weed. We walked in and there was this kind of arched sign that you walk under that says ‘welcome to Christiania’ and when you look back, it says ‘you are now entering the EU’. You just realize ‘shit, I’m literally leaving the EU when I go into this place. What’s going to happen to me?’

Gunslingers riding into town all that malarkey…
I did expect to see some duels happening. I was bit worried about walking into the crossfire or something.

Are you a globetrotter by nature? Do you like exploring these sorts of places?
Kind of yes and kind of no. I like being in these places – but it’s getting there. Often we’re in a horrible, shitty little tour bus. But we are lucky. I can’t wait to go to Australia. We’ve been to Japan a couple of times and that just blew my mind. So it’s good to go to these places – but it’s nice to come home as well.

Where is home for you, by the way, because you’re cited as a Manchester band but aren’t you from Derbyshire originally?
I am actually. It’s a place called Chapel-en-le-frith, near Buxton?

Oh yeah, I know it. I’m a Derbyshire lad myself see.
Yeah? Whereabouts?

(There follows an uninteresting discussion about Derbyshire and how BBM ended up in Australia)

I kind of landed on my feet really. So yeah, like I say, I’m not going to complain. It’s actually raining in Sydney today but I’m sure it’s still warmer than sunny Derby.
See that’s the trick. Not like me who’s just traveling around and going home. I need to go to one of these cool places and just set up shop. Then I am home.

So what drew you to Manchester then?
Well this is it. I was in Chapel-en-le-frith and I went to school in Stockport, so I was always just in that kind of Manchester sphere without actually being in Manchester.
So I never really felt I’d gotten to know Manchester and decided to go to Uni there.
If I’d felt I was already at a stage where I knew a lot about Manchester already, I might have gone somewhere else to be honest.

The whole Manchester scene thing tends to get hyped-up in all your interviews. Does that annoy you or are you happy to pay homage to it?
I don’t know really mate. It’s weird. It’s not something that we’d envisaged. We thought people would be slagging us off much more for ripping off Orbital than New Order! But people love the Manchester thing, and that’s cool. We get that. And we kind of joke among ourselves that if we were from Sheffield, we’d be the Human League. Yes, New Order have influenced us but so many other bands have as well. But it doesn’t really bother us. The only time we talk about it is when we’re asked about it.

You mentioned your Orbital influences. Didn’t you tour with them recently? That must have been a great experience.
They were really nice guys. People say ‘don’t meet your heroes’ but in that case I can say ‘definitely do meet your heroes, if your heroes are Orbital.’ Or Doves actually. We did some support with Doves and that just blew my mind. Doves were like THE band that got me into music so that was incredible. So we’ve been really lucky doing support tours with nice people – and good bands. It’s a double header.

There’s been a lot of talk about your album influences but what about live? Are there any bands you aspire to be like performance-wise?
Well Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) is like my musical guitar hero. But I haven’t got the hair for the Jonny Greenwood thing. I do look down a lot, although I don’t think it’s in deference to him. I think it’s just because I’m shy. Whenever I look at anyone when I’m playing live, I just immediately forget what I’m doing. If I have that moment of eye contact I’m like ‘shit… oh God! What am I supposed to be doing?’ So I can’t look at people. But I may do in Australia because, err, I hear you guys have pretty ladies.

What are your crowds like – are they dancey types, indie types? Does it change with the venue?
It seems to change really. I think we have both. A lot of the gigs recently, there’s been a mob down in the mosh pit. Only because they’re dancing, you can’t really call it a mosh pit. Maybe I should call it… a euphoric zone. So there’s people there in the euphoric zone…

That sounds a bit erotic to be honest…
Hey, all I’ll say is we enjoy it…a lot. Every night. That’s our favourite zone… of the crowd. (both laugh). But we also have the kind of people who just stand there at the back listening to the music and watching us.

Did any of the songs on the album end up completely different to how you’d originally written and performed them?
For the album we just sort of focused on the details and for the live stuff, how best do we convey it live. We just want to enhance it and not worry about the delicacies so much, just concentrate on making it absolutely fucking massive.

It’s a pretty detailed album. Have you had any trouble translating it to the stage?
It has been difficult at times, definitely. The nice thing is we just buy more equipment to make it sound right. It’s good and it’s bad. I mean, we love it. We’re just equipment whores and geeks. We absolutely love it. But we end up with hundreds of random wires on stage. If something goes wrong, oh God, it’s horrible because it could be one of a million things.

Well I’ll let you get back to it anyway mate. I hope your cold’s better be
fore you get here.
Thanks mate. It should have gone by then, otherwise I’m sure the sunshine will get rid of it after this miserable mancunian weather.

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