Current James Bond franchise-entrustee Daniel Craig interviewed Thom Yorke in an recent Interview Magazine feature. And despite what past evidence to the contrary might suggest, Craig was able to elicit all sorts of goods.
The two covered a lot of ground (even getting into the European economic structure for a bit), but being an apparent Radiohead fan, Craig got to the point eventually asking, “But Radiohead is still around—and I hope to god they are. Do you have a plan? Or do you just let it all happen?”
To which Yorke responded, “God, I so wish I had a plan. The only plan that we’ve had recently was to take a year off, which was something that Ed wanted to do. Ed wanted to go live somewhere else and switch off.”
He went on, ”Just like, “Hey, how about we have 12 months where we don’t commit to anything at all?”—which is an interesting prospect.”
Yorke gave an update of what the rest of the band is up to: “They’re all doing bits and bobs. Jonny has his film stuff as usual, which he really enjoys. Phil is doing a record. I just can’t ever stop. Even if I stop, I’m very excited about the idea of someone saying to me, “How about you go do something for a few weeks?”
Yorke, who’s currently focusing on his part in Atoms for Peace, spoke about some of the perks of being not in Radiohead at the moment, “And it’s an odd situation to just sort of start again without the big Radiohead flag, which guarantees this insane level of scrutiny. It’s nice to take it off, but it sort of throws you a bit as well.”
He also mentioned the creative liberation that came with forming a new band, saying “I mean, try to imagine this: I’ve essentially been writing music and playing with the same guys since I was 16.”
Craig, related some of his own early experiences as an actor to Yorke’s as a musician, but also revealed how much of a ‘nerd’ he is and how he only listens to music on vinyl, saying “I think I tend to listen to less music that way, but when I do, I listen both more intently and more intensely.”
Yorke, however, proved to be clearly a digital proponent: “But there’s an upside to the digital thing from my point of view because I find that I have access to all this wacky, weird-ass dance-music stuff that I just can’t go into a shop and buy on vinyl. It’s much quicker and more fun when I’m DJ’ing to just turn up and have a little memory stick with it all ready to go.”
To read the full interview, and it’s worth it, head on over to Interview.