(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #69: Sivu

By on Thursday, 27th February 2014 at 3:00 pm

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2014, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. In the sixth installment in this feature ahead of the Austin shenanigans, James Page, aka the brilliant Sivu, tells us he’s going to be ready if he gets into a mess and the importance of Elton John and Glasvegas in his musical history. Read on…

Catch the Bands to Watch feature I wrote on Sivu here; go here to watch our posting of the brand new Sivu video for ‘Can’t Stop Now’ from yesterday.

SXSW-related questions:

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m really just looking forward to throwing myself into the whole thing and to just experience Texas. I have never been before, so very excited to experience it. Sun, booze and music: it’s the dream combination.

Are there any bands that you have as must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I haven’t had the chance to see much of the schedule yet but very excited to see Warpaint; also praying the Kills play, I am obsessed with them right now.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Ok, something unusual, I’m a a little OCD, so will have all my cleaning products with me just in case I get into a mess.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Currently drinking a lot of dark rum and ginger beer and a squeeze of lime! I would very much love to join you for a drink though. [You’re on! – Ed.]

(For bands who are SXSW newbies) What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited /anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I have heard the festival is glorious chaos, which sounds like a dream, I’m worried if people come to my shows, but at the same time I’m just going to go with it, and just try and embrace the madness.

Let’s go on to our usual TGTF Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Earliest song memory I think was Elton John ‘Your Song’. My dad used to play Elton John for all car journeys.

What was your favourite song as a child?
My favourite song as a child was, I’m embarrassed to say, ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 (great tune). [I dunno, I don’t find this embarrassing; I have this on cassette! – Ed.]


What song makes you laugh?
Really fast, really heavy metal!

What song makes you cry?
‘Samson’ by Regina Spektor always gets me.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Wow, that’s a hard one. On the first Glasvegas album, the opening track is called ‘Flowers & Football Tops’. My girlfriend bought me that album for Christmas as my first Christmas present; that song always reminds me of that time.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘Arcarsenal’ by At the Drive In always gets me pumped!


Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Oh man, so many. Definitely ‘Moon River’, ‘Strangers in the Night’, or ‘The Universal’ by Blur. Perfect.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Oh man, too many to choose from. Kate Bush.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I think I’d still be working in an office probably or worked in health and safety, seeing how clean restaurants were, don’t think I’d be bad at that.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Just one! That’s hard, wow. Do greatest hits count? If so, Frank Sinatra’s ‘Greatest Hits’. If not, ‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush.

Cheers James for answering our questions. We’ll definitely have a drink in Austin!

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