I don’t know. Some days I am tempted. I think that it would be really nice and not have to worry about that. But at the same time I think the most important thing about a band is the chemistry we have between the three of us. We have fairly unique chemistry since we’ve known each other all our lives and we want to preserve that.
Tim Rice-Oxley about using a live bass player in a future (X)
I had lessons when I was about 10 years old. I didn’t like practicing, I didn’t like the theory, and I didn’t like playing Bach and all that classical stuff. I was much happier when I gave up lessons and started teaching myself from guitar tab books of the Beatles and U2. Once I made the connection between the tedious arpeggios they make you play in lessons and the chords in a tab book it became easy to play lots of pop songs. They never tell you that!
When I’m doing a demo, if I’ve got a song I’m excited about I want to present it to the band in the best possible light. I remember Sting saying it’s really important to have a demo sounding great to get your comrades excited about it.
Q: What did you think you would be when you were growing up? A: “I always wanted to do what I do now. Right from the age of four or five there are tapes of me that I’ve still got at home singing really daft songs and you can hear my mum in the background getting more and more annoyed. But I think I always had that sort of itch to want to be on stage, to be performing, and I think I’ve always found that I express myself best through singing.”