Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 07:02 PM ( 2984 views ) - Interviews - Posted by dagmarsieglindeDan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip come from the UK and they are brilliant. They recently visited Seattle for the second time and while Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip had their dinner before the eveningís show, I asked them all sorts of questions. Things about tattoos, the video for Beat That My Heart Skipped, and what they think of Prince.
Q: I saw your video based on Cribs Ė it was fantastic.
Scroobius Pip: Glad you liked it. Itís a nice little house.
Q: What kinds of things have you cooked on your George Foreman Grill?
SP: I cook anything but then I got dragged into the actual George Foreman brand, like pork and beefsteaks and turkey. They are really low fat. I donít really eat any fruit or vegetables so making eating meat healthier for me is a winner. Iím healthy, as you can see my dinner is 4 chunks of meat [he was eating chicken satays].
Q: You need your protein. Do you take vitamins though?
SP: Not really. Iíve started to be healthier and eat more vegetables now but by anyone elseís standards Iím unhealthy.
Q: What kinds of things do you read, like on the road?
SP: I canít read in vehicles.
Dan Le Sac: Chuck Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh. But every now and then I pick up The Hitchhikerís Guide to the Galaxy.
Q: I looked up your hometown, Stanford-le-Hope, and I couldnít find too much on it but there was a guide online to hooking-up spots.
SP: Really? I need to look that website up.
Q: Is there a big singles scene there?
SP: Not really. Thereís not enough of anything for there to be any kind of scene. I think thereís like probably eight pubs, a few takeaways, a pool hall . . . thereís a library, itís a small one but itís decent. Not a lot going on there. My mom runs the libraries in the area Ė thatís how I know theyíre good libraries. Theyíve got our album in there, so it must be good.
Q: Iíll have to look at the site again and see if maybe the library is one of the hook-up spots.
SP: Yeah, it might be. Kind of bizarre.
Q: I read youíve been doing a cover of Sugababes on the tour.
SP: Yes, the Sugababesí Push the Button. A brilliant pop song.
DLS: We donít do it in America though.
SP: Not many people know who the Sugababes are [in America]. Weíve got three covers that we do and only one of them is by an American. [People think] that weíre doing it ironically but weíre not.
Q: Dan, you studied photography at University of Reading? Was it commercial or art?
DLS: Photography and Digital Imaging Ė a general thing, somewhere in between useful and not useful. It was cool. It was a nice way to spend three years of my life although I worked full time while I was at Uni.
Q: Did you two meet at University?
SP: No, we met at College properlyĖ before Uni. Then we both went off to Uni, then we met up again at HMV when we were working in the record shop. Then we re-met up again on myspace. Weíve had a long career in meeting and losing each other.
Q: I was reading you do all your song writing via email?
SP: All over email. Weíve still never sat down really and written together. Thereís not as many conflicts and youíre not on each otherís backs. To make a change to a beat or develop it could take ages, so while Iím sat there waiting for another chunk Iíll get anxious and annoyed. And Dan will bet annoyed because heíll be aware that Iím waiting for this extra little bit. It works better to do it over email and give it the appropriate amount of time.
Dan Le Sac
Q: I'm wondering, how many tattoos do you have?
SP: Iíve got four tattoos and two piercings, all hidden away.
Q: Thereís one on your arm.
SP: Thatís the battery compartment, where I keep my batteries. Iíve got one on my lip.
[He shows me the tattoo of his name on the inside of his lower lip.]
Q: Oh god. Thatís awesome Ė that must have hurt.
SP: It was all right Ė it wasnít that bad. It only took 10 minutes. Every one always assumes that but it only took ten minutes.
DLS: Whereas Iíve had my whole body tattooed. Iím mainly scar tissue.
Q: Thatís going to give me nightmares. . . so, Prince. Is this someone you are both into?
DLS: I would say Scroobius is slightly more into Prince than I am. Iím more a greatest hits man.
SP: I worship him. I think heís great.
Q: I noticed in your Cribs send-up you had a dvd of his videos. Whatís your favorite Prince video?
SP: Iíd like to go for Cream. Itís got this whole preamble before it starts. I havenít watched any in a while because Iíve been on the road so much. Iím really into Darling Nikki at the moment as a Prince song. Iím not sure if thereís a video for that one Ė Iíll have to look when I get home.
DLS: Wasnít the last time you watched that when you got pulled over by the police?
SP: We were on our way back from a gig, so itís me and [friend] Paul and the driver. So they pull us over, open the back of the van and thereís me and Paul with no shirts on, drinking wine and watching Prince videos. It was a weird scenario. Weíd played Brighton the night before and both of us had got tattoos to mark the tour. Weíd sweated a lot with these fresh tattoos and they were dripping. The police just popped their heads and go, okay? That was a weird experience.
DLS: I led that.
SP: A good tour story.
Q: Prince will get you into trouble.
SP: He just makes you take your shirt off.
Q: Where did you find the girls for the Beat that My Heart Skipped video?
DLS: We found them on myspace.
SP: I put a bulletin out saying that we needed some girls for a video. The director got a couple of professional pole dancers in for some of the pole dancing. It was meant to be set in a strip club but not your typical one. We didnít want bleached blonde [hair] and fake breasts . . . we went for more alternative looking girls. The girl whoís playing the one who isnít a stripper, the one at the bar being hit on, is a singer called Paloma Faith. Again as we have a very low budget or no budget it needs to be favors. All of our videos have included myspace bulletins.
Q: It was good casting.
SP: One of the girls, Nina Kate is on the cover of Bizarre Magazine. Sheís got a clothing company. The latex stuff (in the video) is from her clothing company. It works as a good advert, so thatís cool.
Q: How would you describe the look of Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip?
SP: Hairy. I wear a hat sometimes. I like leather ties Ė I always wear a leather tie on stage.
DLS: Iíve recently moved to wearing a round-necked tee from a long time wearing a collared tee.
SP: A polo shirt was typical of Dan for a while.
DLS: Oh Ė balding. Iím losing my hair. Thatís part of our look.
SP: Itís true. I think that [Danís] sideburns are getting bigger and bigger and longer and longer and turning into a beard as the hair disappears on top in an Einstein-esque manner.
DLS: And that guy was a hit with the ladies.
SP: He was.
DLS: [Speaking of] brains not brawn Ė Stephen Hawking. He managed to leave his wife and cheated on his wife with his nurse. And then married her and had two kids.
SP: I donít think thatís an indication of brains over brawn. Callum Best is a big hit with the ladies in the UK and heís an idiot, but heís very handsome. Whereas Stephen Hawking has a lot of money, which I think influences the deal on that kind of thing in general.
DLS: I donít know how much money Iíd need Ė he does need a lot of looking after.
SP: But still thatís a good wage. My girlfriendís a carer so she looks after people like Stephen Hawking on far less. [For Stephen Hawking] itís like Iím your carer but also your girlfriend. Thatís all the girl had to do, surely.
DLS: They had two kids!
SP: They did not. They may have adopted two kids or may have built two kids.
Q: Heís so smart though I donít know what anyone would talk to him about.
DLS: Jazz Ė he likes jazz. You can talk silly voices. Famous cyborgs.
SP: Iím sure he could get any voice, so you could say tonight I want to have a chat with Sean Connery and heíll type in as Sean Connery. Thatís how he gets the ladies.
DLS: His voice in his head now is that computer voice. Heís had it so long so when they tried to upgrade his computer system, theyíd given him a new, more humanized voice and it freaked him out.
SP: Iíve heard about this before but I donít think in sentences in my own mind. I donít think, I wonder if I need to go to the toilet? Yeah, I might as well . . .
DLS: But when that sounds going out and coming back into his ear it was not sounding like him. Weíve had this conversation before and I couldnít answer it, so Iíve spent some time waiting for this topic to come back up.
SP: Thereís a podcast that Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington do Ė Karl wonders if people think in their own accents and use terminology in their heads thatís local to them. And they figured out, particularly the terminology thing, you donít think, "Happen I will."
DLS: But thereís one school of thought that says that you do. [There are some people] who visualize their thoughts and others who word them out. Like I canít imagine something, full stop. If he [Scroobius] walks away I canít imagine him. I can describe him perfectly but I canít get a clear, fixed image.
Q: I have been reading a lot about your beard, Dan. What is the ideal conditioner?
SP: Aussie Leave-In Ė you can leave it in. I havenít got a lot of time Ė a lot of good conditioners you need to leave in to soak for 3-4 minutes and then rinse out. Iím an on the go guy.
Q: How did you come across the artist, Jock Mooney?
SP: We saw this little Hitler in a tutu figurine. There was some dumb luck with the line Thou Shalt Always Kill and Hitler stealing Nietzscheís ideas of having to destroy to progress. . .
Album art for Thou Shalt Always Kill.
Q: Whatís the story behind Waiting for the Beat to Kick In?
SP: It was originally a rambling spoken word piece. All the people I meet in it are film characters. All the messages that they give are messages I learnt from that character in that film. I love films, films that have got a good meaning.
I looked the characters up from Waiting for the Beat to Kick In and here are their respective movies:
Elwood P. Dowd = Harvey
Lloyd Dobler = Say Anything
Billy Brown = Buffalo 66
Walter Neff = Double Indemnity
They did not perform their cover of Sugababeís Push the Button Ė instead they did a smashing cover of Princeís Cream.
Currently they are touring in Europe.
Look at more photos from their Chop Suey show here.