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Philip Selway Talks Solo Career, Radiohead with Drowned in Sound at Liverpool Sound City Festival

  • Thursday, May 26, 2011
    Philip Selway Talks Solo Career, Radiohead with Drowned in Sound at Liverpool Sound City Festival

    Philip Selway "emerged from a couple of months in the Radiohead lair," as he puts it, to give a rare solo performance at the Liverpool Sound City festival this past Saturday. While there, he spoke with Drowned in Sound about his debut solo album, Familial, released on Nonesuch Records and Bella Union last year.

    "It’s been a very steep learning curve being a solo artist," Selway explains. "Whilst recording Familial, it was quite a difficult process having to make all the decisions by myself. The song writing was very long. That didn’t involve writing the music as it all came very quickly to me, but in a lyrical sense, it took a long time. Finding your own identity and going from zero to actually having a voice without taking drugs is a difficult process."

    Selway also shares his thoughts on band mate Thom Yorke's dance performance in the video for Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," off the band's new album, King of Limbs.

    Read what Selway has to say in the complete interview at drownedinsound.com.

    Philip Selway performs another solo set this summer at the Truck Festival in Steventon, England, in July. Fans in the US and Canada can pick up a copy of Familial on vinyl and CD in the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album at checkout.

on May 26, 2011 - 2:50pm
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Philip Selway "emerged from a couple of months in the Radiohead lair," as he puts it, to give a solo performance at the Liverpool Sound City festival this past Saturday. While there, he spoke with Drowned in Sound about his debut solo album, Familial, and the challenges of developing as a solo artist after all these years in the band. He also shares his thoughts on band mate Thom Yorke's dance performance in the video for Radiohead's "Lotus Flower." Selway performs another solo set this summer at the UK's Truck Festival in July.

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Philip Selway "emerged from a couple of months in the Radiohead lair," as he puts it, to give a rare solo performance at the Liverpool Sound City festival this past Saturday. While there, he spoke with Drowned in Sound about his debut solo album, Familial, released on Nonesuch Records and Bella Union last year.

"It’s been a very steep learning curve being a solo artist," Selway explains. "Whilst recording Familial, it was quite a difficult process having to make all the decisions by myself. The song writing was very long. That didn’t involve writing the music as it all came very quickly to me, but in a lyrical sense, it took a long time. Finding your own identity and going from zero to actually having a voice without taking drugs is a difficult process."

Selway also shares his thoughts on band mate Thom Yorke's dance performance in the video for Radiohead's "Lotus Flower," off the band's new album, King of Limbs.

Read what Selway has to say in the complete interview at drownedinsound.com.

Philip Selway performs another solo set this summer at the Truck Festival in Steventon, England, in July. Fans in the US and Canada can pick up a copy of Familial on vinyl and CD in the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album at checkout.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 09:30
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Philip Selway by Kevin Westenberg

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