THE STORY BE­HIND THE HIT: HU­MAN

Q (UK) - - Rag'n'Bone Man -

UK chart po­si­tion: 2 World­wide No 1’s: 14 World­wide Top 10’s: 10 Com­bined sales: 3.9 mil­lion Writ­ers: Rory Gra­ham, Jamie Hart­man (Natalie Im­bruglia) Pro­ducer: Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years)

“At heart, it’s ba­si­cally say­ing, ‘Don’t ask me for an opin­ion when you al­ready know the an­swer you want.’ We’ve all got a friend who asks you for your opin­ion on some­thing – es­pe­cially when it’s moral, it’s like, ‘The rea­son you’re ask­ing is be­cause you want val­i­da­tion. You want some­body to say it’s al­right.’ It’s usu­ally when peo­ple feel guilty, and they want some­body to say, ‘No, it’s OK! You’re right!’ “But ac­tu­ally, ‘No, I don’t wanna get in­volved’, be­cause of­ten when you don’t give them the an­swer they want, then it be­comes your fault. I re­mem­ber think­ing that when I wrote the bit, ‘I’m no prophet or mes­siah’ – like, ‘Go and con­sult your own fuck­ing or­a­cle!’ Ba­si­cally – ‘Don’t get me in­volved!’ “Then it’s like, ‘You’re wor­ried about some­thing that triv­ial, when some peo­ple have got fuck­ing real prob­lems, so take a step back from your­self and look at what’s go­ing on ev­ery­where else, then your prob­lems will seem much more in­signif­i­cant. Just shut up and get on with it!’”

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