Exclusive interview with The Vaccines frontman

Last week, we were privileged enough to catch a crowd-pleasing live performance by The Vaccines on the NME Awards stage. The Best New Band winners electrified the O2 Academy Brixton and had all the party goers on their feet with hit single “If You Wanna”, which you can check out yourself in this video.

Even better, we got to sit down with frontman Justin Young for an exclusive Q&A to let Sonos fans know a little more about him.

SONOS: How do you feel about the relevance of award ceremonies with the current state of the music industry? Do we need them?

JY: I think they’re fun. But they need to be taken with a pinch of salt. Music and art are very subjective things. Making them competitive is quite unnatural to me.

SONOS: Could you finish this sentence for us, “I Like Music because…”

JY: It makes me feel something.

SONOS: What’s the worst rider you’ve ever been given at a gig?

JY: We weren’t even given any water at one recently.

SONOS: We’re coming round to your house for tea. What are you cooking us?

JY: I can’t cook. Chilli con carne is a good one though.

SONOS: Your place, late at night, drinks being poured. You fire up the music. What you hitting us with?

JY: ‘I fought the law’ by The Clash is as good a party song as any I know.

SONOS: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

JY: Brian Wilson, leader and chief songwriter of the Beach Boys, is the biggest for me.

SONOS: Which album changed your life?

JY: Nirvana, Nevermind. I think it did for most people my age – 23.

SONOS: Which piece of technology could you not live without?

JY: Definitely my laptop.

SONOS: What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?

JY: I’ve been to way too many to choose!

SONOS: If it all ended today what would you miss most?

JY: Doing something different everyday.


For more from the NME Awards 2012, check out our fantastic behind the scenes coverage hosted by TV and radio presenter Colin Murray and featuring some of the biggest names in music. Stream it through your Sonos on Tune In Radio or download it from iTunes.