Scottish music magazine ‘The List‘ have a an interview with Phil Selway, which has also been published online. The Radiohead drummer talks about success, self-indulgence and their reputation as the most miserable men in rock.
Phil: ‘There’s a danger of trying to second guess where this concept of Radiohead should go, and not actually getting to listen to what’s happening between the five people in the room.
‘The whole process of making music is very self-indulgent anyway, spending all that time thinking about the music and yourself and then you talk about yourself an awful lot and you go out and do the shows and you are the centre of that universe. It can be very unhealthy. You have to find ways of pricking that bubble, just to remind yourselves that what you’re actually doing here is creating music. That’s significant as it is, and that’s as it should be.’
Further on in the interview: Is there a chance he and his band mates have been misrepresented by the press all these years?
Phil: ‘No, I don’t think there have been misconceptions about us really. The [miserable reputation] is a fair cop,’ admits Selway. ‘One of the big causes of that was Meeting People is Easy [the 1998 documentary showing the band being downright glum on the OK Computer tour] and that was only ever kind of one part of that year. It was a very dominant part of the year but it did have its lighter moments as well. We have always been quite a serious band and hopefully we’re a bit more playful now; I think we’re getting there.’
Read it in full over at The List website.