Enter Shikari Frontman Rou Reynolds Plays ‘Would You Rather?’
Our latest installment of ‘Would You Rather?’ features Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds. The singer shares his love of the studio, the freedom to tour with bands they choose, his admiration for classical music and more. Check out Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds playing ‘Would You Rather?’ below:
Would you rather be late for a show or mess up onstage?
Oh God, well we’ve done plenty of both so I should know. [Laughs] Probably mess up onstage, we’ve been touring for 7 or 8 years but we’ve been a band for like 12 years and the amount of s--t that’s gone wrong -- it’s gotten to the point where it doesn’t bother me anymore. Everything in the musician’s head, it’s the worst thing in the world but when you see things from the other side and experience the absolute worst like full power cuts or things breaking mid song, you realize it’s not that bad.
Would you rather be in the studio or on tour?
That’s a tough one, I don’t know whether I’m getting old but in the studio. The feeling of being at a show and seeing people singing back my lyrics with the amount of passion that I put into writing it there’s nothing that can beat it. The quiet solitude of the studio and being creative everyday that’s like a dream come true and not having to do a 9 to 5. You get to do what you want and have an idea and follow it through; it’s a very rewarding experience.
Would you rather tour with a band that you don’t respect or tour with a band that doesn’t respect you?
Oh that’s a good one, probably tour with a band that didn’t respect us. I’ve probably done a lot of both. On our tours we’re lucky because we’re DIY, it’s one hundred percent independent and we get to pick our in-bills. Like these days, we never go out with bands that we don’t want to tour with. Especially festivals and stuff we’ll often be going on after a band that we think are awful or vice versa. [Laughs] I actually even have a tattoo that’s a quote by Cicero which is “Criticize by Creation” so it’s like not trying to get bogged down with bands you don’t respect. I remember we’ve done quite a few tours where it just got to me like, “Ugh, I can’t stand this soulless music” whether it’s pop or bland metalcore that sounds the same. So “Criticize by Creation” is like try to create something that’s better than that rather than focusing on how much you don’t like that. I think I would prefer to be amongst people who didn’t like us rather than be around people who got me down.
Would you rather have an accordion for legs or drumsticks for hands?
Oh good question [Laughs]. My instant answer would be accordion for legs but that would get quite annoying because everywhere you would walk you would hear the accordion whereas with drumsticks there could be silence. I don’t know that’s really tough, I’d probably go for the drumsticks. I could eat Asian food and play drums. That’s all you need.
Would you rather have lunch with a music icon who has passed away or one who’s still alive and would it be?
So many, I like classical so I want to say like Igor Stravinsky. He’s like one of my heroes. I say he was like the first punk musician, he just ripped up the rulebook and he did some f---ing out there stuff so I would love to see what was going on in his head - him or John Lennon would be the obvious answer.
Our thanks to Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari for the interview, check out The Mindsweep on iTunes.
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