Philip Selway's writing break

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway didn't write any material for the group for 15 years

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Philip Selway

Philip Selway didn't write any Radiohead material for 15 years.

The drummer - who released his debut solo album 'Familial' in August - admitted writing material for the record was initially a challenge, as he hadn't written anything for Radiohead in "a good decade and a half".

He said: "You learn to write songs when you're a teenager, or when you're in your twenties, so you have a particular slant from those experiences. Coming across a new songwriter who's starting in his late thirties, that's a different slant on things.

"When we first started as a band, I'd bring stuff in, but there's no dearth of material there. So I didn't really write anything for a good decade and a half."

However, the British rocker explained working outside the band prevented him from becoming frustrated with the "defined" roles within Radiohead.

He added: "We have our fairly defined roles within the band and you try and develop within them, but they are fixed. Working outside the band, you always gain a broader view and you get stuff out of your system, which prevents some frustrations coming into the process of working together.

"And you appreciate what you've got."

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