If Editors could collaborate with any other artists or producers in future who would it be and why?
We’ve been really lucky with the level of producers we’ve used. People like Flood, Jackknife Lee… [We worked with] Jim Abbiss when we started out as well who was doing all the bands [at the time] you know Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys it was nuts… and we’ve done the sort of self produced stuff as well. We’ve used Jacquire King who worked with Kings Of Leon so we’ve done the whole range of different producers. Superstars, Grammy winners and then we’ve done our own thing as well by doing it ourselves.
Personality wise I dunno. I think when we found Blanck Mass- I think we’d like to just stumble across somebody rather than have something planned. I think if we’re inspired by something a certain producer is doing we’d get them involved at that time but we don’t really plan it.
What’s your personal favourite song to play live and why?
There’s a song we don’t play all the time actually, which is one of the reasons why I like it ‘cause when it comes in it feels like a bit of a treat. It’s a song from our first record called ‘Open Your Arms’. I just- I think I love the sentiment behind it as well as the musicality. It’s just sort of got a bit more of a connection to me with the lyrics than I usually get with other songs so that’s a good one.
How do you guys usually find Newcastle crowds?
Newcastle’s cool man. It’s sort of one of those [cities where] you can’t do it on every tour. It’s the sort of one every other one. Which, again having a sort of familiarity of a place is cool but sometimes if you come to something a bit more sparingly it’s better. It’s a wonderful place and our guitarist used to live here when he first joined the band and it’s just such a nice city to meander about. Before the rain started I went up onto the hill behind, had a wander and got a view of the city and it was really cool. It’s that perfect sized city isn’t it? It’s not too big, it’s friendly, people want to talk to you and it’s interesting. It’s architecturally exciting and it’s got a vibe to it. It comes across in the shows. I hope the rain doesn’t dampen the energy too much because it feels a bit set in.
Have you got any more projects that you’re planning on releasing during the rest of the year?
We’ve done some songs with Jackknife Lee recently. We worked with him on our second record so it was nice to join up with him ten, fifteen years later and see what had changed between the two of us. It turns out quite a lot and I think stuff we’ve written and recorded is much different to ‘An End Has A Start’ era and although it’s got that kind of anthemic quality sonically it’s very different and it just proves how much people learn along the way and people should sort of expand with who they work with and sort of explore new vibes really. So yeah we’ve done a few things with him and we’re trying to work out exactly what to do with them so hopefully we’ll play a few new ones tonight. So something hopefully isn’t too far around the corner.
INTERVIEWER: TESSA BURY