JAMES VECK-GILODI HA­VANA DEAF

DON IS HA­VANA’S DEAF LOVES SOFTY WHO TROLLING RE­ALLY A OH, AND COOK­ING. IN­STA­GRAM… ON FRIENDS

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I’M HALF-ITAL­IAN, BUT…

“I grew up in Eng­land, and though I ul­ti­mately feel more English I’d like to feel more Ital­ian. My dad’s from Italy, and he was around a lot when we were kids, but then my par­ents split up. It was only a cou­ple of years ago I got back in touch with him, and that’s been amaz­ing for me. I was very close with my mum grow­ing up, and I still am.”

ONE THING I CAN’T LIVE WITH­OUT ON TOUR IS…

“A gui­tar, and not just so I can play the shows. Play­ing it keeps me sane, and re­ally that’s what mat­ters most when I’m go­ing to be away for a while. I don’t take my own sheets or any­thing ei­ther, and bunks ac­tu­ally make me very claus­tro­pho­bic, so I’ll nor­mally sleep in the lounge or on the floor!”

ONE OF THE BEST Things ABOUT MY GIRL­FRIEND IS…

“She brings me back down to Earth. She’s a very strong per­son, and very re­al­is­tic and grown up – and I’m not! But, at the same time, she’s re­ally fun and I feel like she al­ways brings out the best in me. We’ve been to­gether just over three years, and ob­vi­ously I miss her a lot while we’re out on tour. I think that’s the case for every­one who has a re­la­tion­ship like that – I just show it a lit­tle more.”

THE MOST AMAZ­ING PLACE I’ve EVER VIS­ITED IS…

“Colom­bia. It de­vel­oped a re­ally bad rep in the ’90s, and peo­ple still tend to au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply that any time you men­tion it, but it’s the most beau­ti­ful coun­try I’ve ever seen in my life. My girl­friend is Colom­bian, which is why I went, and it’s got so much soul, the peo­ple are so friendly and warm, and the cul­ture is so dif­fer­ent to any­thing you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence over here.”

MOST OF THE TIME, I RE­ALLY EN­JOY…

“Drink­ing. I think I’m lucky in that I know it’s bad for me, but be­ing drunk doesn’t turn me into some self­de­struc­tive per­son. I might get a bit more loud and do stupid things I re­gret, but only be­cause I feel like a twat, not be­cause I’ve done some­thing hor­ri­ble. I think all of us in the band have stayed on that 15-year-old, get­ting-drunk-is-ace level, and that’s fine by us!” THE BOOK THAT HAD The MOST PRO­FOUND AF­FECT ON ME IS… “Women, by Charles Bukowski. I was of the mind that he was one of those writ­ers that hip­sters talk about be­cause it’s cool to do so. But his books are amaz­ing, and when I first read Women I had started writ­ing my own lyrics, and I re­ally iden­ti­fied with where he was com­ing from. Ob­vi­ously I don’t write as vul­garly as he does, but the way he writes so plainly and with this great no-bull­shit at­ti­tude re­ally con­nects with me.”

BE­FORE I DIE I WANT TO…

“Be­come flu­ent in more lan­guages – and meet Ricky Ger­vais! He’s the fun­ni­est hu­man be­ing on Earth, and I’d ac­tu­ally freak out if I met him, be­cause I steal a lot of his per­son­al­ity. Not in­ten­tion­ally, but watch­ing too much of The Of­fice! I’m not that rock­star-y when it comes to life goals. I never started down this path to head­line are­nas, though it would be amaz­ing to head­line Read­ing & Leeds one day.”

MY FAVOURITE NON­MU­SI­CAL AC­TIV­ITY IS…

“Cook­ing. If I had to pick be­tween mu­sic and cook­ing I re­ally wouldn’t know which one to choose! The only thing that can re­ally get me out of a mood is cook­ing, and ob­vi­ously I love eat­ing, too – which ex­plains why I’ve gained weight! Some­times I’ll base my whole day around cook­ing. I love it when I can spend hours pre­par­ing and mak­ing food, and be spon­ta­neous, tast­ing and im­pro­vis­ing as I go.” THE MAIN REA­SON I POST SO MANY PIC­TURES On IN­STA­GRAM IS… “To amuse my­self and to mess with close friends! My brother and I went to San Fran­cisco a few years ago, and our drum­mer Tom [Og­den] gets re­ally jeal­ous if we do any­thing with­out him – so I ini­tially made that In­sta­gram page just to an­tag­o­nise him! At this point the more friends I an­noy the bet­ter!”

“I’LL NOR­MALLY SLEEP ON THE FLOOR ON tour!” James

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