In our next band spotlight, we catch up with Mike Kerr of the almighty Royal Blood just before they play Tokyo, to talk about success and inspiration.
S] Hi guys, thanks for your time – what’re you up to today?
M] “Today we’re in Tokyo, we have a day off before we play Fuji Rock Festival tomorrow – so we’ll probably explore a little. It’s rare that we get a day off!”
S] What’s keeping you passionate right now, outside of music – think films, or art for example?
M] “Right now I’m getting into old Western films, there’s one called Once Upon A Time In The West – I saw it come on in a bar and couldn’t stop watching, although it was mute.”
S] How do you look back on the success of your debut now, and what it’s meant for the band?
M] “With pride and amazement, I think! It’s been a mindblowing trip so far and we just want it to continue. I don’t think either of us thought it would do as well as it has.”
S] What are some of your big plans for the rest of the year?
M] “We’ve got shows with the Foo Fighters in the US and then big UK festival Reading/Leeds – another US tour in Sept/Oct and then we’ll bed down and start work on album number 2.”
S] Can you talk us through the inspirations and ideas behind ‘Little Monster’ – where did it all come from – where were you when you wrote it, for example, and what were you thinking?
M] “There wasn’t really any specific inspirations and ideas, we were just jamming around in the rehearsal space and I came up with the riff, Ben did the drums and there it was!”