FEMALE Talks To: Kodaline On Their “Politics Of Living” Album And Tour Experience (Exclusive!)

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F: What were some limitations you faced during the process of making this album?

J: I think a lot of it just came from the fact that we moved around so much. For me and Vinny to do a drum and bass session, we usually have the drum set up for like a week, but we were only in the studio or at some places for just 12 hours. It wasn’t limitations so much, it was just finding new ways to work. That’s what we took from this process: that there isn’t a set way to do something.

M: I think we were just really open to ideas. We didn’t say no but instead “let’s just try it”. Now that we’re back to just the four of us, it feels fresh, new and exciting because we’re learning from each other more. When there’s someone else in the room that’s not in the band, it’s totally different.

F: As musicians, what’s your greatest aspiration?

M: From coming here and doing our headline show for the first time, I’d love to come back and do bigger shows. We’re very lucky to be popular in Ireland and parts of Europe, and I kind of like it for everywhere to be the same, just to have more people hear our music.

V: I think we just want to keep doing what we’re doing. We want to keep growing as four individuals, as a band and as musicians together. We’ve only been a band for seven or eight years, so we just want to be able to do this for the rest of our lives. And like what Mark said, reach new people. Music is an amazing thing. It’s a great leveller with people because it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, people connect through music. The fact that we’re able to go to all these places and play shows and hear people sing back the lyrics to us when English isn’t their first language, it’s incredible for us, and we want to keep doing that.

F: How did touring around the world to perform influence you?

M: A lot of times it’s not just the music of certain cities that influence you. It can be a day you’ve had. If you’re thrown into a different culture that’s totally different from your culture at home, you’re going to soak them in and be shocked. It’s amazing that we get to visit this part of the world — Southeast Asia, China, Japan… It may not be a direct influence but a lot of things just kind of stay in the back of your mind: the people and energy. If you stay in the same town your whole life and never left, you wouldn’t experience much. You don’t really get the chance to write music when you’re on the road so when you get home, you’re just so penned up with energy. Previously when I returned from a really long tour, I spent like the first two days writing songs because it just kind of came out from all the energy inside of me.

F: You’ve been travelling everywhere for your concert tour. What do you usually do when you’re on the plane? Do you write songs?

V & J: No, no. (laughs)

M: I would sometimes write lyrics on the plane. There’s nothing much you can really do. If you’ve brought a piano on the plant, it would piss everyone off.

J: We did do a gig on the plane before and it didn’t really work.

M: We tried to sing through the broadcast speakers on the plane but it didn’t work. There was a guy who was seated at the front seat close to us and when we started singing, he took his headphones off for like, 10 seconds, and put it back on and went back to his movie. No one could hear us. Planes are very loud and sound doesn’t travel well inside it but it’s nice to say we’ve done that, but I don’t think we’ll do it again. It was very awkward because the plane wasn’t full of Kodaline fans. It was just full of people. You can’t assume everyone’s going to start singing along, especially that guy.


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F: How did the idea to do that come about? Was it a spur of the moment?

J: We were kind of going through the moment of performing at every type of transport. We did it on the train, the one that goes underground to Paris (Eurostar) and played at the train station as well.

M: We’ve also played on a boat in Dublin. We took actual fans out to sea, had a barbecue, played some songs, left them there and we went back.

V: They’re still missing at sea!

M: *laughs* No, I was just joking. We just wanted to try playing in all kinds of situations. Playing on the plane seemed quite realistic so we asked Aer Lingus (an Irish airline) and they were like “yeah sure”, so we did it.

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