THANKS TO THEIR CONCERT AS PART OF VODAFONE ISTANBUL CALLING FESTIVAL, WE HAD A CHANCE TO CHAT WITH PLACEBO ABOUT THEIR UPCOMING NEW ALBUM.
I want to ask you about your forthcoming new album. Have you tried anything different on this one?
Yes. We used a lot of iPad. It’s become a significant instrument in current electronic music. It’s a whole new way of playing music; it’s much more instinctual, you know. It has become another instrument in addition to the drums, guitar and acoustic piano.
So it’s much more electronic now, isn’t it?
Yes, in some places it’s more textured and has more layers.
What about your recording sessions? Have you encountered any challenges?
The biggest difference between this record and the previous ones is that it was recorded in two parts. The first five songs were written, recorded and produced in 2012. And then the second half in 2013. In a way that was a challenge for us, because once we had the first half of the record, we had to make the second half something equally good or better. At the same time, it freed us up because we knew we had 5 strong songs, and that allowed us to be more experimental.
You have chosen “Too Many Friends” as your first international single. Why?
I was sitting in the car talking about it one day, and it just up and presented itself as the most obvious single. It is the most innocent of all our songs, so we decided it would be the perfect one.
The audience has changed and there’s a new generation of listeners, but you’re still around. What is the reason Placebo has stayed fresh all these years?
It’s like a perpetual search for meaning. When you make a new album, the previous one almost doesn’t exist any more. We have been doing this for 20 years and we still get very excited about the music we write even when we experience those challenges during recording sessions.
What do you think about Istanbul and your experience here?
We had some amazing shows in Istanbul, so we’re looking forward to our next concert here.