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Back To The Bloc
Between solo records, fooling the press and penning his first novel, it’s a wonder that Kele Okereke had the time to reform Bloc Party, who with their fourth album, have just cemented their status as one of Britain’s finest guitar bands. With the record in question riding high in the charts, the frontman opens up to Celina Murphy about splitting up, getting back together and everything in between.
Celina Murphy, 13 Sep 2012
Okereke’s combination of fun and philosophy certainly makes for a fascinating interview, but balancing varying solo projects with his role as ‘Indie’s Sexiest Frontman’ (the very real result of a recent online poll!) can’t be much fun.
‘That’s what it is for me,” he argues. “It’s not a job, it’s not something I switch off from. I’m always thinking about self-expression because it’s a form of making sense of the world. I was lucky and I am lucky that I’m in a position where people are listening all over the world, like I’m speaking to you now, people all over the world care about what I have to say or what I have to put out there.
“There are plenty of creative people who are not in a similar position, who feel the exact same way as I do, but I have an audience. I need to express whilst I can, that’s just the bottom line for me, there’s no two ways about it. Whilst I have breath inside me, I’m going to be trying to express myself.”
Four is out now on Frenchkiss records.