Django Django interview: 'We can tell them scientific equations and they can pass us the Jack Daniels'
2012 was a good year for Django Django…
We couldn't have wished for a better start. It's been pretty busy but really amazing with some great experiences. We'd never really had any awards before, it feels quite foreign. With Alice Cooper standing on stage and Tim Burgess sitting a few seats away; it's just all quite bizarre, being with all these people that would've been our idols when we were younger.
Your debut, Django Django got a great reaction – what do you think people liked about it so much?
I suppose it's quite a hotchpotch of different sounds so hopefully there's something in there for everyone. Every time we'd do a track we'd be sick of it so we'd do something completely different to keep ourselves interested and challenge ourselves. Then we thought "Well that's kind of what we do" , that we shouldn't really stick to one type and just go with the flow.
The NME tour has paved the way for some huge bands in the past. How does it feel knowing that's what the future could hold for Django Django?
Yeah, I think I've only ever been to one; I won the tickets on the radio. Coldplay were playing, there were a lot of bands on that roster that, when I look back at it now, are all quite big bands now. It's pretty massive. We were all surprised when we got the offer to headline it. The significance isn't lost on us, but at the same time we know we've always got to keep our feet on the ground.
What can people expect from your performance?
Lots of coconuts, cardboard boxes being played – with pillows inside – a keyboardist bouncing around who looks somewhere in-between an old granny and a 16-year-old child; he's got one of those faces! There'll be a lot of movement, some Second World War sirens going off and Bangles-esque Egyptian dancing.
You're on the bill with Palma Violets, Peace and Miles Kane. Have you met before?
No, never. I've been watching their stuff online to get more familiar with them. I watched Miles Kane on YouTube and he sounds great. I've got to get into Palma Violets and Peace a wee bit more, it should be good fun.
I hear Palma Violets are quite a rowdy bunch so that could be interesting…
Are they? That'll be a nice mix! We can tell them scientific equations and they can pass us the Jack Daniels.
You always wear matching shirts on stage; will the NME Tour audience be treated to that too?
Yeah, we were going to try and think of something else but time is up against us. We made the material and then we gave them to our bass player's friend who has a clothes company – he tailored them and then we do the bleaching. At least look like we've made a bit of an effort and not look like we're down the pub on a Friday night. Miles Kane is a slick dresser; we'll try and keep up!
Django Django is a mix of Scottish, Irish and English – it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke…
It does! It's a joke without the Welsh – we're going to get some of them to shake some maracas! I think it confuses people how we can all know each other; we all met at uni so it was a bit of a happy accident. I think it's been good, especially when we go on tour, when we go up to places like Dundee – I'd never been to Dundee before but it felt like a homecoming, everybody always comes out in force.
What does the year ahead have in store for Django Django?
We've just done Australia, and then America for a month and then we'll be writing and recording – which we've started already. Then festival season starts, I thought it was going to be more of an easy year, more like "Let's just take the whole year off and write an album" but then NME came up and we couldn't turn it down. It's all good, it beats a day job!