Interview: Django Django – ‘It took a month of messing around for us to begin to trust each others’ opinions’

Interview: Django Django – ‘It took a month of messing around for us to begin to trust each others’ opinions.’

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Jimmy Dixon on Django Django’s jam-packed year and working as a foursome on their second album

‘I love the people in Glasgow … the rain I could do without,’ muses bassist Jimmy Dixon, as Django Django prepare to hit the Barrowlands on Thu 3 Dec. With the release of their second album Born Under Saturn in May, fans of the London-based shimmery cosmic-surf-pop-art-rockers can expect a reformist sound, poetic lyrics and added depth to a band evidently moving on a progressive gradient. That’s if they’ve not caught them already at one of the many festivals that they appeared at this summer.

Since the release of their self-titled debut and its follow-up, there have been many collaborative efforts for film soundtracks such as John Maclean’s Slow West (his younger brother, Dave Maclean, is in the band). Earlier this year, Dixon told us more about Django Django's new chapter.

Firstly, how are you all feeling about the gigs that will come from the release of this new record?

Yeah, we're all hyped about getting back out on the road. Oh and Tommy [Grace]'s got a new pair of shoes he's excited about showing the world.

There is definitely a progressive sound with the new album; has this been a conscious move away from the sound of your debut?

The first album was mainly written by Vinny [Neff, singer / guitarist] and Dave [Maclean, drummer] but this time we wrote as a four. So it took a month of messing around for us to begin to trust each others’ opinions about ideas we all had. I think in terms of the song writing we wanted to push ourselves and try to write well-structured songs. It's something we didn't have much of on the first album so we knew that much before sitting down to write.

2015 has been a year of exciting releases and gigs within the Scottish music scene with Kathryn Joseph’s SAY win and the rise of FFS; do you ever feel like moving back to Scotland?

Well, I can't speak for the others but I went to Glasgow School of Art and every time I go up to visit friends I have an urge to move back. The music and art scenes in Scotland are pretty unique.

What other artists inspire and influence what you individually and you as a band create and produce?

Dave has a huge record collection so it's great finding out about records through him. We all listen to a lot of African music, krautrock, 70s stuff like Gerry Rafferty and Harry Nilsson, the Beatles, Italo disco, 60s psych. I am sure the list extends.

As a band that clearly places emphasis on your visuals and choreographed attire as well as the art college backgrounds, who are your top three visual artists?

Matisse's cut-outs are amazing. Also Sonia Delaunay and Fischli and Weiss.

Django Django play Barrowlands Glasgow, Thu 3 Dec.

Django Django

East London four-piece who formed at art school in Edinburgh playing a heady mix of indie, electro and floaty prog.

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