Why do you live in London?
I moved to London twelve years ago to leave Bournemouth (where’d I’d grown up) and study music. So many of the people I met at college still form the centre of a lot of my music making today, and it’s here that my opportunities seem to stem. I’ve thought about living elsewhere, but London really does feel like home.
I love the feeling that everywhere at any time, there is still a bustle of activity, and there are still pockets where there is a really wide cross-section of society living side by side.
Where do you like to eat and drink?
I’ve lived Southeast for years, and one of my favourite pubs is the Brockley Barge. It’s a Wetherspoons, and it really is a mix of everyone, from old boys to some pretty wide locals, to some pretty trendy goldsmiths students, and everyone is all packed in. Also Four Quarters in Peckham is a great place for the Mario Kart,
Eating wise, Silk Road in Camberwell is amazing, and Meze Mangal in Lewisham, Panda Panda and Chiconia in Deptford.
What’s the perfect way to spend the day?
God, all a bit Guardian Soulmates – searching for London’s Best Roast, some cheese from Borough Market surely? I think that’s officially it.
Your favourite outdoor space?
Probably my back garden, although Waterloo Bridge is pretty scenic and inspiring. Also, anywhere high up with a view. Ally Pally! The centre is best viewed from a distance.
Spring is nearly upon us, but where have you been hunkering down, and hiding from the winter?
As for most of the time, I’ve been holed up in the Deptford Music Complex, where I practice. It really feels like a second home, especially when we’re writing/rehearsing with TTT. All our rehearsal spaces have felt like real significant parts of the time of any release.
Best London show you’ve ever played?
The last show we played at the Tufnell Park Dome was pretty euphoric, as the new stuff was really starting to make sense, the audience were amazing, and we were playing with the awesome Liturgy, so that ticked a lot of boxes for me! Also I guess (for Matt and I) the Goldie gigs at the festival hall last summer, and the Ibiza Prom at the Albert Hall were pretty amazing!
Which gig venues do you like?
My favourite gig venue used to be the Luminaire. It was such a shame that place closed – amazing room for music and always a killer range of bands. London does miss that place. Some venues that mean a lot to me are the Servant Jazz Quarters, the Brixton Windmill, Camden Roundhouse, Royal Festival Hall, the Birds Nest in Deptford (Again an amazing mix of people; the sound guy was in Ozric Tentacles for 16 years for god’s sake!). The Old Blue Last still has a load of charm and a lot of good memories.
Does London ever influence the music you write?
London at night is an amazingly evocative place, almost now to the point of cliché – who could do it better than Burial? But in a real sense, London does influence the music we make because here we’re surrounded by so many amazing musicians all the time, be it heroes like Charles Hayward, friends’ bands, or interesting trends and movements that I just wouldn’t see in Bournemouth.
If you could live anywhere in London where would it be?
I love the area I’m in right now – Nunhead. It’s changing fast as everywhere is, but between Deptford, New Cross, Peckham… it still feels like a proper piece of London, with the rough and smooth all packed in.
How would you advise someone to get the most out of London?
Don’t go to M and M’s world? So cheap. Er, walk don’t bus, bus don’t tube, only drive at 3 am?