This exclusive Wild Beasts interview was conducted by The Future Tense as part of the ON/OFF project.
Each artist was asked the same series of questions relating to the live music experience, before being photographed just before and again immediately after performing.
Band: Wild Beasts
Interviewee: Hayden Thorpe
Venue: The Troxy, London
Date: September 16th 2010
What is your most memorable live moment as a fan?
I think all musicians rely on witnessing those kinds of moments as often as possible. My most recent musical epiphany was Beach House in Nottingham earlier this year, but I still vividly remember The Strokes at Manchester Apollo pretty much changing my life when I was 16. Those moments rejuvenate and revitalise you as an artist and help you to refocus.
What is your most memorable live moment as a performer?
Performing in Sydney and Los Angeles this year was amazing. It boggles my mind sometimes to realise that our sound translates across the world. One particularly memorable gig was Cork in Ireland on a Saturday night where it felt like the town’s youth had descended on us. It was like beautiful pandemonium.
Have you had any disasters on stage?
I fell over badly on stage in Liverpool and landed on my head. As you can imagine the crowd didn’t let me get away with it! I watch what shoes I wear on stage these days.
Do you have any live performance aspirations?
I think playing the Manchester Apollo. To go back to where it all started would be a big big deal.
A full list of featured artists and interviews can be found here.
Dates: 2009 to 2014
Photographer: Tom Oldham
Curator: Ed Bartlett (The Future Tense)
Featured Artists: Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Beady Eye, Beth Ditto, Chase & Status, CSS, Duran Duran, Editors, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Faithless, Flying Lotus, Friendly Fires, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Jessie J, The Kills, Labrinth, Lana del Rey, Lykke Li, MIA, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Mystery Jets, Paul Weller, Plan B, Primal Scream, Prodigy, Pulled Apart by Horses, Rizzle Kicks, Rudimental, Snoop Dogg, Suede, Swedish House Mafia, Take That, Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, Warpaint.
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