Yannis Philippakis: I have become more guarded on social media

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 March 2016
Foals at the BRIT Awards


Foals' frontman Yannis Philippakis hates the music industry being so "polished" and admits he has to be "more guarded" with what he says

Yannis Philippakis has become "more guarded."

The Foals frontman says he has to be careful about what he says because we live in a "lynch mob" society, which is far from the 90s when bands like Oasis could run their mouth and no one would batter an eyelid.

Asked if he's got used to his every word being scrutinised, he said: "I have become more guarded, especially on social media. There's an echo chamber, lynch mob mentality to a lot of sites, but it's frustrating because I look back at the 90s and the stuff the Gallaghers [Liam and Noel] used to say."

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old rocker praised Noel Gallagher for still being outspoken in such a "polished and careerist" music industry.

Asked if he thinks Oasis say stuff to liven things up, he said: "They are right to, because music has got so polished and careerist. Everyone's watching their words and got to be fresh for the next TV opportunity the next day. It's lost some of that wild west free-for-all."

Elsewhere, the 'My Number' hitmaker said he'd like to make a record using a nose flute - an instrument played in Polynesia - so that his music doesn't become unenterprising.

He told the Guardian newspaper: "I don't want things to get staid, so I'd like to mix that up too. I'd like us to make an experimental polyphonic Greek nose flute album."

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