THE PROCLAIMERS Q&A: “WE TRY TO MAKE OUR LIVE SHOWS AS UPBEAT AND POSITIVE AS WE CAN”

Can it really be 25 years since Craig and Charlie (aka The Proclaimers) first found fame with their wonderfully catchy style of songwriting?

The answer to that is of course yes and in that length of time the duo have continued to release some of the finest work they could and perform around the world. Coming off an epic ten month world tour in 2012, the duo went back into the studio to begin work on new album ‘Like Comedy’.

Already a top 40 the pair are now setting out on a huge UK tour to not only promote ‘Like Comedy’, but to celebrate their 25th anniversary with their fans as well.

Meanwhile the movie version of the hugely successful award-winning musical drama Sunshine On Leith, featuring Proclaimers songs is moving into production, with filming scheduled for Spring 2013. We meet Charlie and hat about their illustrious career. Hi Charlie, can you give our readers a quick insight into what a live show by yourselves will be like?

We try to make the live show as upbeat and positive as we can. Even the slower songs are supposed to lift the audience.

After 25 years of songwriting has it got easier or harder to create new songs?

We seem to have hit a period of great productivity with songwriting over the last 12 years. Long may it last.

Comedy Legend (Little Britain) Matt Lucas directed the album’s lead single ‘Spinning Around in the Air’ how did that come about?

We’ve known Matt for a number of years he seemed to be the ideal choice. He is fantastic to work with, the whole day was hilarious.
You of course have a rich history of working with comedians. Your song ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)’ was a hugely successful Comic Relief single. what does it mean to a band like yourselves to know your work has made such a difference to a worthy cause like that?

If you can help with charity work, then I think you should. If our fame has helped others, that makes us happy.

Over the last 25 years you must have seen your popularity rise and fall as music trends occurred. Did you ever feel it was time to give up?

Never, we would still want to play in pubs if we could only do it in pubs.

What do you think makes your music stand the test of time. There are many bands who started at the same time as yourselves, who are long since forgotten?

We are pretty distinctive. We also have a sing along element to many of our songs.

I for one firmly believed I only knew a handful of your songs. But when I reviewed the stage musical ‘Sunshine on Leith’ (based on your music), I found myself knowing far more than I thought. The musical was amazing and really showcased your musical output. How did the show come about?

Writer, Stephen Greenhorn had the idea. He developed a storyline which seemed to gell brilliantly with some of our songs. All credit to him and Dundee Rep Theatre for putting it all together.

Can you give our readers a brief insight into the early days of The Proclaimers. Was it tough starting out?

No tougher than with many other bands of the time. We were unemployed, it gave us both a lot of time to write.

What was the point in your career, when you knew you had made it as artists?

You never ‘make it’. You just do your best and hope to find an audience.Before you found fame as musicians was there another career path in collective horizons?

Music was always the thing that we concentrated on. Most people don’t get to make their livings doing what they want. We know that we’re lucky.

Can you give us a little bit of a peek into how you create a new song?

The songs are generaly 90% finished by one or other of us. We routine the song for weeks till we know how we want to perform it.

Finally what does it mean to you as a band to tour your work?

Touring, along with recording new tunes is the reason we are still working together. it is what The Proclaimers is all about.
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