Why do you live in London?
In many ways it’s a good place to make music. There’s a lot of like minded people and always someone who wants to collaborate.
What are your go-to places for food & drink?
We probably spend the most amount of time in Baxter’s Court Wetherspoons in Hackney Central. We don’t particularly have much money to spend in more expensive places. But are also quite content eating and drinking in our house. We have a Turkish supermarket close to the house that is great and pretty cheap.
It’s (almost) summer in the city – how do you like London when the sun’s shining?
We are very lucky that we have a garden, that’s a wonderful thing. It’s good in that you can meet friends in the parks as well. That said when it’s boiling hot, London is the worst place in the world to use public transport.
What’s the worst thing about London?
The difference between wages and the escalating rents. There will be a tipping point if things continue. It will be a shame when people pursuing artistic ventures feel like they have to leave.
Favourite outdoor spaces?
We have a few – Victoria Park, Walthamstow Marshes, Hampstead Heath.
What’s the perfect way to spend a day here?
It’s nice having visitors from outside London, it’s an effective way of seeing the city with fresh eyes. Unfortunately, it’s quite easy to go into autopilot whilst living here. Walking around stopping at various places is a day in which you can’t go wrong. There are canals, there are parks, pubs and parties.
Do you have any favourite venues?
We really enjoyed playing the Waiting Room in Stoke Newington and Village Underground in Shoreditch, it’s a very impressive building the moment you walk inside. It certainly doesn’t look like anything from the outside.
Does living here influence the music you write?
It has done in that we live in a shared house that we have been able to record albums in. In many other cities people just live on their own, living in shared housing where people can collaborate is a really beautiful thing. It has definitely left an imprint on our band.
How would you advise someone to get the most out of London?
You can be who you want to be. That’s a great start.
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