How are you celebrating the huge success of your album X this summer? Did you expect this multitude of great feedback?
I expected it to do something but I didn’t expect it to outdo other people’s albums – we outsold Coldplay, which in England, I didn’t think was possible. I don’t know! It’s hard to celebrate ‘cus we’re always on to the next thing. I guess it’s like a double-edged sword. If you’re doing well, you’re going to be busy. There will be time to celebrate eventually.
You have the perfect opportunity tonight! Would you normally partake in 4th of July festivities?
I know. Being English, I see it as a celebration of America, not necessarily England getting kicked out. You don’t hate English and we don’t hate you. We get along very well. It’s a party to celebrate America and everything that’s good about it.
What’s a UK tradition that should be brought over to the US?
Tea. Whenever I ask for tea over here I always just get boiling water and a tea bag. Thats not tea. We need to introduce it back into American society.
No time for vacation, but I’m doing shows in places that might as well be a vacation – Japan, Korea, Australia. Lot’s of cool places I would go on holiday but I’m working.
One place in particular you’re most looking forward to?
I’ve got gigs in India next year. I’m excited for that.
If you were going to have a huge summer bash, who would you invite?
I just saw James Brown in an interview very, very happy so I’m thinking he could be quite fun. Andrew W.K., remember him? “Party Hard.” (sings) I imagine he is someone that would party hard. Clearly. And I can have my friends there, right? Beyonce. ‘Cus everyone there would just be falling over her.
Have you met her?
No, I think I’d turn into a female if I met her. Grow a pair of ovaries…
Also [at the party], Robin Williams back in the day, that would be fun. And Abe Lincoln. ‘Cus he’d be like ‘What the hell is going on here?’
What do you need on your summer playlist?
Did Essential Garage ever make it big over here? ‘90s music from when I was a kid. That kind of thing. You would like it.
What’s your beverage of choice at a good summer party?
Usually start of with a jagerbomb. That’s how I’ll start the night. And usually end the night. I had a night recently where no one bought actual drinks, everyone just kept buying jagerbombs. Oh god, it was messy. Either start off with that, then have a gin and tonic or a Corona, that’s a good solid drink. Or an espresso martini.
Oh, keepin’ it classy?
Yes’m. Food-wise, Doritos lightly salted with dip. Chicken nuggets…
What are you most excited for tonight?
I’m really looking forward to playing with The Roots. Everyone of my friends, musical or not musical, is in disbelief about it and is very, very jealous. It doesn’t happen to a lot of people in general – I’m just very excited to do it, I hope I don’t mess up!