Artist Interviews

Q&A: Editors

By | Published on Friday 22 January 2010


Starting out back in 2002, Editors have since released three studio albums, two of which have gone platinum. Their debut album ‘The Back Room’ was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, receiving, as it did, a Mercury Prize nomination and propelling the band into the singles chart top ten with the re-release of ‘Munich’.

Their second album went to number one in 2007 and earned the band a Brit nomination. The band’s latest single ‘You Don’t Know Love’, taken from album number three, ‘In This Light And On This Evening’, is released on Monday (25 Jan). We spoke to bassist Russ Leetch to ask the Same Six Questions.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
We all come from musical backgrounds apart from our drummer Ed, that’s usually the case in a band. We met on a music course and wanted to write weird pop songs. It was destiny.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
We watched sci-fi films when we were twelve years old. They all said “in the near future” or “the year is 2010” in a monotone deep voice. We created the soundtrack to that image, but in the year they used to call “the future”.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Tom writes the lyrics and the basic chord structure. It could be recorded at that point, but then the rest of us try to bastardise it and make it into a collective song.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Elvis, Echo And The Bunnymen, Elbow. Anything E.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Listen without prejudice.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
We are really pleased with how our latest album turned out so we just hope as many people as possible get to hear it! For the future, we are looking forward to making another record and getting back into the studio as soon as we can… and on a personal level, I’d like to buy a nice piano!