We were lucky enough to get an interview with one of the best lyricists in UK music at the moment, Scroobius Pip. Best known for his work with Dan Le Sac, and their hit song “Thou Shalt Always Kill”, they recently released their latest album, and we got a chance to speak to them about it.
So I can say in complete confidence that you’re the first musician I’ve interviewed named after an Edward Lear poem. I’ll skip all the boring background crap that people can read on Wikipedia, and dive right in. What are you working on at the moment?
Touring is exactly it right now! We released the new album in March and have been touring since then! Started with the UK, then Europe, then Ireland, then back to the UK for the Camden Crawl, then onto the Netherlands, THEN Denmark. Pretty boring answer right? Sorry about that! Shows the lengths we go to to promote a record properly!
Where’s the best gig, or what was the best music event you’ve ever played at?
Thats an impossible one really! We have been lucky enough to play SO many amazing shows. Getting to play ahlf way up a mountain in Japan? Getting to tour all over America and Europe? Getting to keep growing and growing the amazing support we seem to have always had in the UK? Its so hard to highlight any!
You recently released The Logic Of Chance. How long were you working on that, and how do you feel about it now it’s done?
I feel delighted! We were working on it since we finished the last album really. We never really had that “time off” to write the next album. There were weeks here and there but alot of it was written on the road so to finally have the finished piece out there feels great. Getting to play them out live is even better!
What’s the general routine you and Dan use to make the tracks? Do the beats or the lyrics come first?
It really varies from track to track. I would say we have written in every way you can imagine.
Which tracks were you most proud of on the latest album?
Thats a tough one. I think “5 minutes” and “Cowboi” are my favourites. But then i tend to enjoy the ones that have a darker slant to them!
One of the main reasons I’ve personally been such a fan of you is your intelligent lyrics, and how you manage to convey messages without mixing them with your own politics. What song in your discography would you say you were most proud of lyrically, and meant the most to you?
Tough question again! The track that lyrically means the most to me is probably “Cowboi”, as it is a true story of an event that happened to a family member of mine. Most proud of? Hard to say. On the first album i would say its between “Letter from God to Man” and “Waiting for the beat to kick in”.
Considering how many people listen to your every word as if you are more than “just a band”, is it not tempting sometimes to give people a push in a certain direction, and pass your own political agenda onwards? I’m thinking a DON’T VOTE TORY track could go down pretty well…
No not at all. When i write it tends to be about trying to make people think and make their own decision. I am just some lad from Essex. If people were to blindly follow me it would be a BIG mistake! Im still learning all the time.
Speaking of politics, who will you be voting for, and why?
Im still very much undecided.
Thanks a lot for your time!
What’s your favourite Scroobius Pip song? Let us know!