full interview (parts 1-3)
from FaceCulture http://www.FaceCulture.com
“Video interview with guitarist and singer Stuart A. Staples from British indie rock band Tindersticks. FaceCulture spoke with Stuart about Will Oldham’s Greatest Palace Music, connecting with their past, new energy, keeping the band together, his solo records, Marseilles Sunshine, evolving songs, capturing a moment, the process of creating a song, reinterpreting decisions, unfinished songs, shaping the album, Across Six Leap Years, writing his songs down, his Singing Skies book, reflecting on past songs, and a lot more! (06/09/2013)”
an interview bit (from 2011) … sums it up pretty well, or ?!
“Q: Many bands write up tour blogs when they’re on the road for while and keep in touch with followers and fans via social networks online; it really helps keep followers and fans updated in a pseudo-personal way. Seeing you have quite the cult following, how have you adapted to the evolution of social networking helped you keep in touch with the world at large?
A: I like a bit of mystery. I’ve never been interested in meeting my heroes or knowing what they eat for breakfast. It’s very easy these days to have everything delivered to your lap from your laptop.
We do post information and “sell” ourselves over the internet, we have our web site. We have a forum we occasionally take part in. But if we were to spend our time keeping people aware of the mundane ins and outs of our lives, we’d never have the time to live those lives… or make music. I would rather see the world than keep in touch with it.”
a good, lengthy interview from the past with Stuart & Dickon -> 1999 (SP album tour)
you can watch/hear the whole interview on the Toazted magazin channel
interview part 1
interview part 2
a video-interview for http://www.FaceCulture.com
from the video descriptions:
Video interview with singer, guitarist Stuart Staples of the British pop band Tindersticks. FaceCulture spoke to him about the new album The Something Rain, Asphalt Ribbons, achieving ideas, transition, losing the spark within a band, taking a break, doubts about musical desire, continuing the band, first album after the break, group effort, influences on the making of a record, personal touch, self recording, selecting the songs for the record, Chocolate, My Sister, leaving Nottingham, moving to London, Medicine, writing and not writing on an acoustic guitar. Goodbye Joe, inspiration, learning from mistakes, song factory, the album title.
“musicOMH: You played Tindersticks II at the Barbican in 2006. Would you consider playing more full album shows in the future? The renewed appreciation of looking at albums as complete pieces of work seems well suited to your music. I think Tindersticks are definitely an ‘albums’ band.
DB: I would like to. The film shows helped to see different ways of presenting ourselves. I wouldn’t like to go on tour playing an old album. But a special show or shows could be nice.
musicOMH: Do you think there will be any more Stuart Staples solo records in the future?
DB: I think there will be. Tindersticks usually work in cycles of three albums. This is the third again. Possibilities are endless. ”
… so everything is possible for future tours & albums !
The latest Quietus article features a great interview with Stuart & David – esp. the comments on their old official videos & albums in retrospect are worth exploring.
“… DB: The first album was a really fresh, wonderful time. We’d spent then years growing up, being in bands, trying to be successful. When we gave up trying, everything seemed to happen. And I remember us wanting to introduce the band to public through the ‘City Sickness’ video – not making a traditional video trying to impress people at MTV, but having little story, and a natural feel to it.
SS: The song is still very special to me. I wrote it in St Ives – I’d taken a train there to escape London, to try and sort my head out – and I’ve been back there since, gone back to that spot, and could remember that exact moment. It was something felt at that time, and needed to say. And that relationship with Martin [Wallace, their video director] is still so strong. That visual sense has always been so important to us. And this video, with David ending up being right at centre of it….I was a bystander, with Syd in that video as a baby [Stuart’s eldest daughter, now 20]. There were some hairy moments with David pushing her through Soho late at night, getting severe looks from people! But whenever I think of this song now…we’d just made first album, we were on a real high. Full of pure joy.”