Based in East London but, as we shall see, with an Irish connection, Django Django have just released their self-titled debut album and play Crawdaddy in Dublin on Feb 23rd. We already know that they make an intriguing electronic rock ‘n’ roll sound, but what else makes them tick?
Who are you and where are you from?
Vincent Neff from Derry. I’m the songwriter, singer and guitar player in Django Django.
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
You can’t ignore John O’Neill from the Undertones. He wrote great songs for them and taught guitar in a music college I went to when I was a teenager.
What’s it really like touring?
It’s fun in that fact you get to drop in on a place that you didn’t know much about and find out a bit about it and the people who come to the gigs and the music there into. It can be an unreal world of soundchecking during the day in an empty club and nowing all day that you have a gig to do that night.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Has to be Glasgow. The crowds are normally quite up for a party and will love to dance at the drop of a hat.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Us jamming with Chris Issak (a modern Elvis, who was in Twin Peaks who we met recently and he is a very cool guy) with Etienne Jaumet, who has the best vintage synth set up I’ve seen with my own too eyes and the Krar Collective (an amazing Ethiopian band I saw recently who blew me away).
Tell us a tour story…
We got stopped by the police in France as the van was so loaded down with eqiupment it was nearly scrapping the ground. They wanted to know the weight of the van and were threatening to confascate it. We didn’t know the weight and spent ages sweet talking them until Tommy our synth player suggested we look up the weight on the internet.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
We played Royal Albert Hall with Metronomy. It was an amazing experience and was kind of being in a dream sequence.
What do you do to relax?
I like going to car boot sales and walking in forests.
What are you reading?
Revolution In The Head – The Beatles Records and The Sixties
What’s the last thing you bought online?
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
After seeing Etienne Jaumet last week, probably him.
What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?
We do a slow romantic fifties song from Back To The Future film to wind up Tommy while rehearsing as he really doesnt like it, I don’t know the name. Apart from that we havent done any covers.
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
Until recently most of equipment was in some level of trashedness, being held together with gaffer tape. I don’t think we’ve ever trashed any of our stuff though.
What website do you visit most?
What is your favourite…
…album of the last year?
Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin Love
Factory Floor – ‘Lying’
Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’
… Record label?
Needless Records from Miami
The new artist that you are most excited about?
Last great gig you went to?
Watching Metronomy playing in the The Kazimier Club in Liverpool
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Medieval tunics and tights, coconuts and drum machines.