Make People Happier: An Interview With Nothing But Thieves
This summer, one of the UK’s brightest young bands, Nothing But Thieves, will perform at the Park Live Moscow music festival.
On this occasion, Masha Polyakova met with drummer James Price in Nottingham before the final performance of the British tour and asked him questions from Russian and Ukrainian thieves fans.
Hi james What do you feel about the last concert of the Under My Skin tour today?
It’s nice that the tour ends, but it’s sad. All the concerts were wonderful, I hope, and today, everything will go fine. But, of course, I think that we are all glad that we will have free days to rest. We only have a few days, and then we go on a tour of America for a month. Yes, we are very busy.
I will ask a couple of questions from Russian fans.
Nikita asks: “Will there be new videos or new recordings of live performances? How about a DVD?”
Will we burn a DVD? Sometime in the future, perhaps, but I don’t know. Now we have nothing of the kind in our plans, but that would be cool. The bands that I like released DVDs. A kind of “documentary” movie. Yes, I liked them, and that’s a good idea. Therefore, I would like to shoot something like that, but we are not so interesting. It will be a very boring movie.
But people want to see and hear live recordings. “Drawing Pins”, for example.
Do people want to hear the live performance of “Drawing Pins”? I think it will someday appear. We will do something like record live. Is this the favorite song you want to hear?
I don’t know for sure, but some asked.
Arina asks: “What did you believe in the early periods of your work?”
Just in songwriting, I guess. And in making people happier. In fact, we started writing songs for ourselves. Not for anyone else, but it just so happened that people liked them too. I don’t know about faith, but we definitely wanted to write wonderful songs. This is our main goal.
Polina asks: “Your hobbies and hobbies besides music?”
Phil and I love to play. We constantly play the PlayStation. We also love to play our instruments. Joe, Conor and House … The house is immersed in producing. The house is constantly doing some electronic things. Joe likes FIFA a bit. He loves his Xbox. And Conor … I don’t know. They are all obsessed with gymnastics and exercise.
Are you not?
No, I personally do not. I am the worst in the group, I do not need it. I got lucky. Playing drums during performances – these are my exercises.
How do you see the group in 5-10 years?
I hope we will play on larger platforms. Five years is quite a long time, it’s hard to say. We’ll release a couple of albums, release a couple of new albums, good songs, big platforms. I would like to say that in five years we will play in the arenas. This is a dream. This is a dream, but I do not know how many years. Perhaps it will be in five or fifteen years. But I would like to play in the arenas, and I know that the guys would like this too. And write more powerful and successful songs.
Happy Tragedy asks the question: “In your Instagram of the group you post a lot of photos taken on the Polaroid. What happens to these photos after?”
We keep them all. Talk is currently underway to scan them in chronological order and make a large poster for merchandise. We think this will be a cool idea, because it’s pretty personal. And yes, we all keep them. Phil watches them. He is a Polaroid Master. In fact, in most cases, he photographs and stores them. He hates this responsibility (laughs). But he is used to it, and I think, deep down, he likes it. Well, of course, we post them on Instagram so that people can see. It’s cool to have the opportunity to see what groups are doing behind the scenes. When I grew up and loved all those groups, we did not have so many social networks, so I especially did not see the details of their lives. But now everything is different. And this is a great way to understand that there are people who like what you do.
Did any of you study at university or would like to go to study? And what specialty?
I did not want to go to the university. When I graduated from college, I said: “Do you know what? I’m tired of school and from the fact that everyone tells me what to do.” I know that Joe went to university. And he even graduated in antique history. He could be … a tour guide in Rome, for example! (laughs) I don’t even know. He could teach history, but you need to get a couple more degrees before teaching history. But yes, Joe is the only one to attend university. Home could study at the university. He wanted to study music. But all groups started at the age when they should go to the university. The house could have gone after a year’s break, but then everything started to work out for the group, and we realized that we had no need to go to university. Phil definitely didn’t want to go to university. The same thing about me, House and Conor. We decided that we get a cool group, and we don’t need it.