How the devil are you, Skye and Ross?

Hey Ross, how the devil are you?
We are super good, looking forward to our record release and enjoying our world tour, it has been great so far.

Obvious question first, aren’t you Morcheeba?
Yes Skye and I were in Morcheeba for 20 years but Morcheeba ceased to be when we parted company with Paul Godfrey in 2014. Morcheeba is dead, long live Skye and Ross!

Is not using the name a way of avoiding any pressure related to the band? A fresh start of sorts?
Yeah we do feel it is a fresh start. It highlights who we actually are too, we even got our picture on the album cover.

Tell me a bit about the experiences you went through to get to the new record?
It was a very natural process, simple songwriting and organic recording. We didn’t want to get tangled up in the over complicated nonsense that is modern record making. We kept it simple.

What was your process for writing and recording it?
I would usually write a guitar part and Skye would scat sing a melody until she had some lyrics, then we’d find and play the instruments that supported the song best.

‘Light Of Gold’ is a great taster for the new record. So, what’s the song on the album that best represents you as a duo? Is it the single, or something we’ve not heard yet?
There is a song called 'Clear My Mind' that is just acoustic guitar and voice, two tracks, no studio trickery just who we are coming down microphones, it sounds beautiful.

You started out nearly twenty years ago, what’s the biggest changes in music since the heady days of the late 90s?
The drugs aren’t as good and nobody pays for music any more (ha ha ha).

And what are the biggest changes in yourselves and your music?
We have matured I guess, we love touring now (it was hard at first). Playing to the crowds who come to see us, it is a real joy.

You had huge commercial success with Big Calm and Fragments Of Freedom, did that bring you artistic satisfaction as well? Or are the two difficult to reconcile?
Big Calm was pretty satisfying artistically, I think we went in the wrong direction on Fragments of Freedom, too pop soul. Morcheeba sounded better when it was deep, dark and beautiful. I think you can have success and feel good about it if you get the music right.

You’re doing some dates at the moment. What’s the toughest thing about touring?
Sometimes it is hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we also miss the family and friends we leave behind.

And what makes it all worthwhile?
Meeting the fans is always good. We love travelling to new places too.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve played live?
We just played a gig in a big medieval castle overlooking the bay in Sibenik, Croatia. That was pretty far out. There were 3000 people jumping up and down.

What can people expect from your live shows?
We play a bunch of classic Morcheeba tracks as well as showcasing a handful of new tracks from the SKYE|ROSS album which is coming out 2nd September.

Social media: pain in the butt or vital to artists in 2016?
We like it most of the time as a way of speaking directly to our fan base, but there seems to be so much to keep track of now with all the new platforms, it can be exhausting!

If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Girl From The North Country' by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
Which gig are you looking forward to most? Hmmm let me see, I think The Regency Theatre in San Francisco on 2nd September because my friend’s band Earth Moon Earth are gonna be opening up for us. They are cosmic.

As Ross mentioned his debut album with Skye is out on 2nd September 2016 and will be available to stream, buy, or buy and download. For more details on the duo and their tour dates visit their website.

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