Interview: Django James & The Midnight Squires

By on Friday, 29th May 2009 at 2:00 pm

After introducing Django James and the Midnight Squires just a few days ago, we were fortunate enough to catch up with Django, who’s currently in the USA…

Hello Django. What are you up to at the moment?

I am playing loads of shows and being a mentalist between the streets of San Francisco, Berkley and Hollywood..

What do you reckon you sound like?

I have no idea what I sound like… a gospel white boy?

On songwriting – how does it start for you? Lyrical concept? A riff? Turn of phrase? Or a drug fuelled orgy that results in a great song?

Every song is completely different. Sometimes I wake up with lyrics in my head and a symphony begins.. Other times there are orgy fueled drugs which leave me stranded in the morning in my damned paradise, Hollywood… I think those are my favorites.. But to tell you the truth, it’s as organic as breathing and will come out in every way or form because it’s just constantly happening and beyond my control.

Before going on stage, do you have any rituals, either individual or as a band?

I ask the universe to help me deliver a great performance and that everyone really enjoys themselves – regardless of the music. I have just started a ritual where I have a rock of tiger’s eye and rub it with the band.. it stimulates us in ways we can’t describe, and you couldn’t imagine..

Who would you say are some of your favourite contemporary musicians?

I am obsessed with David Bowie, T. Rex, James Brown, and The Rolling Stones..

What’s coming up over the next few months for you?

We are releasing our first single, Hurricane, in the UK. Lots of stuff in New York, coming back to London, writing more, getting more naked… So on, and so forth..

Finally, what’s one thing we wouldn’t normally know about you?

I was bit on the bum by a monkey in the Amazon at aged 8. I also died (drowned completely) when I was 2 years old, and they brought me back to life. I have almost died a quite a few times since then, but this was the only time that I actually flat lined….

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