Morcheeba’s global reach is impressive, taking them to every corner of the world . Their signature chilled electronic/organic sound has been border-hopping ever since the London-based band emerged as a household name. The past year has been one of introspection for the duo, as they took stock of their renewed global fan base by playing UK and European festivals over the summer ahead of their own headline tour which will see the band headline Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2, Manchester’s Academy, and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. We catch up with them before they embark off on tour
Q: Hiya Morcheeba! How are you?
We are well thanks, just got back from touring Australia. Can’t wait to start touring in UK and Europe.
Q: Congrats on your most recent album, albeit released in 2020 now, “The Blackest Blue”, that you finally get to perform live! How do you feel this album has resonated with fans so far?
We have had a great response to the record and playing it live is amazing. Skye gets the audience to sing on the chorus of Oh Oh Yeah and we get to rock out on The Moon.
Q: What artists were playing at home when you were growing up?
There was a lot of classic Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Soul in my house. I used to steal my Dad’s Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young records. My Mum played a lot of Stax. Skye listened to a lot of classic country growing up.
Q: You started 25 years ago – and are still touring 25 years later! What do you think has kept you going through so many phases of your music and so many tours?
I always wanted to play music until I was old, that is one reason why I like blues music so much, when I was a teenager I already played like an old man! Skye and I both love doing concerts and we play about 80 shows a year.
Q: You are just about to embark on your album tour, stopping off in Birmingham, Manchester and London. What are you most looking forward to on tour?
I love touring the UK. It is great to visit all the different areas. We are gonna be playing in Wales in the summer and have some festivals in places like Cornwall and Dorset. Hopefully we’ll get to swim in the sea.
Q: Who’s on the bucket list to see live?
I’d like to go back in time and see Jimi Hendrix live.
Q: And who’s the best person you’ve seen live?!
Dinosaur Jr are amazing live. I also loved seeing Aphex Twin. Brian Wilson playing Pet Sounds at RFH was incredible.
Q: What’s the best gig you’ve performed so far in your career?
It is difficult to pick but Glastonbury 1998 was memorable. I also love playing at The Fillmore in San Francisco because there is so much history there.
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