I GOT A TATTOO OF THEIR LYRICS ON MY FOOT
I’m really proud of London In Stereo. I’m really proud of sticking with it – so much of it is keeping going and not relenting. Something like the fact we’ve got a stage at Field Day now for both days is huge. I just didn’t think that that would happen so quickly. All the other people who have stages have been there for 10 years and are ridiculously cool. We make sure to pay our writers and have done from the very first issue and that’s something I’m also really proud of.
When I was 17 I started putting on gigs in Bristol and they were all for charity. Barnados, the youth charity, set up a group of us to come up with ways to raise money for them and we thought that putting on live shows would be a good way to do it. We were all really passionate about music and we would wait outside the Bristol Academy from 4pm for bands to get everything signed. I actually met my favourite band in the world, Mates of State, waiting outside the Bristol Academy and weirdly, when I worked at Fierce Panda, I signed them and they stayed at my house. I got a tattoo of their lyrics on my foot when I was 18… so that was a weird conversation.