Mathew Priest is the irreverent drummer from erstwhile Britpop-era hitmakers Dodgy, who released their last album ‘Stand Upright In A Cool Place’ in 2012. Priest spoke to Sean Bw Parker about the Mail Online, ‘Good Enough‘ and his advice for young musicians: ‘Don’t do it, become a scientist instead’!
It’s been two decades since the birth of Britpop, an era which most would say defined Dodgy. How would you sum up the good and bad points of that movement?
I’m not sure it did define us, I think we just benefited from a heightened cultural awareness of guitar bands around that time, we’re certainly never mentioned in any retrospectives or documentaries – thank god. And we certainly felt no massive kinship with any of the bands and they CERTAINLY didn’t inspire us The good thing is that a lot of kids were inspired and motivated to go and do creative things. The bad thing is that we’ve now got Damon Albarn as a ‘national treasure’
You are well-known for your social conscience and support of good causes, often playing shows to support them. How much do you feel audiences are there for the cause, and how much for other reasons?
Probably a mixture. At the end of the day, people feel good when they think they are doing something good for others. Well, most people do. A lot of the time it’s about raising awareness. We were certainly politicised by the bands we loved – The Clash, The Beatles, CSNY, Stone Roses etc
Do you ever wish somehow Dodgy hadn’t released ‘Good Enough’?
God no, don’t be stupid. That little lady is gonna keep me warm as grow older x
The music industry is an interesting, lunar-like terrain these days. What would be your cure for its ills?
Bring back The Tube and The Old Grey Whistle Test and let me decide the Radio 2 playlist
Internet censorship appears to be an increasingly important issue, particularly regarding infringments upon one’s human rights. What’s your take on this?
You’ll have to be a bit more specific, but I completely believe in web neutrality
What advice would you give to young bands, and in particular drummers, starting out?
Don’t do it, become a scientist instead.
Any new music recommendations for us?
If you haven’t heard Stand Upright In A Cool Place by Dodgy, I thoroughly recommend it. The best stuff they’ve done.
What is your diagnosis of the UK, in any way you’d like to describe it, in October 2013?
It’s confusing, depends where you get your news. Sometimes I think we’re getting more intolerant, nastier, dumber – but then I stop reading comments on the Mail Online! I think bias media is a disgusting poison that needs to be eradicated. There are so many dishonest people in positions of power – just blatant lies. We’re being fucked on aground scale but at least it’s not as bad as America
Dodgy have a new Live album out in November with the launch party at the Jazz Cafe Camden on Nov 23rd. Details at www.dodgyology.com