Gabriel Gifford is my flatmate, band-mate, writer/producer mate – you name it. He’s a very talented fella, very kind, reserved but has a lot of love to give. He’s my ‘self-proclaimed’ utility manager: live he plays the guitar, keys/delays, bass, samples, backing tracks, BVs, percussion, and he’s one hell of a producer and mixing engineer. He has such an amazing sense of attention to detail. We write together and with other people and will be touring Europe in Lucy Lu’s band in support of Loyle Carner at the end of the year. It feels like a nice reflection on our time making music together as the first gig we played was supporting Loyle back in Norwich three years ago this month.
Ben Toon’s [drummer] mind is like no one else’s I have met. It’s hard to explain, but if you imagine Cool 3D world
– like that Instagram account with a more engaging storyline... This is a loose representation of where Ben goes. He’s also a monster on the drums – he has crazy groove, feel and is as a talented songwriter. He brings a really interesting angle to some of the rhythm parts. They [the band] hate me sometimes – I’ve been saying I’m going to bring snacks to rehearsal for about a year now. But I think they still come because they believe in the project and the music, which is a beautiful thing that I do sometimes take for granted.