ALWAYS FLAUNT YOUR INDIVIDUALITY
Staying true to yourself isn’t always easy – but it’s the only way to live, believes THE STRUTS frontman LUKE SPILLER…
“CHALLENGE WHAT PEOPLE CONSIDER TO BE ‘NORMAL’” LUKE SPILLER
“Ithink it’s built in everybody to just be themselves, and to do what they want, but a lot of people are afraid to do that. I love it at our shows when I see people dressing up for the occasion like it’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I see everyone – office workers, teenage girls, older women – letting go and all dressed up with glitter under their eyes. It makes me super proud, because I’ve been in their shoes, and I try and stay true to memories of being at the school disco at eight years old and feeling too embarrassed to dance, or the horror of my classmates when I wanted to have my hair slicked back.
“It’s quite hilarious just how offended people get if your hair is a certain length or you wear a certain type of shirt. When I moved to Torquay for college there were no rock clubs and every guy had a buzzcut and a pastel-coloured polo shirt. I was wearing clothes from vintage shops and e m had hair down to my nipples at the time, so e e I’d be in the toilets having a piss and people l a would come up behind me and pull my hair. Or I’d be having a great time dancing and a : suddenly some guy would throw his drink over me because they just couldn’t take that o h this long-haired ‘Laurence Llewelyn-bowen p prick’, as they used to call me, was dancing with a cute girl. “Now I wear my stripes with pride to provoke those people, and that’s what I would encourage anyone to do: challenge the stereotype. Challenge what people consider to be ‘normal’ because there are always : people out there like you who are just a little bit too afraid to do what you do, so you have to be strong in order to inspire that change. If you sincerely believe in what you’re doing then that will attract like-minded people because that transcends any fashion or trend. The right thing for you isn’t always the easiest, but the only way to enjoy yourself is to be yourself and no-one should be ashamed of that.” THE STRUTS ’ album YOUNG & DANGEROUS IS OUT NOW VIA polydor. THE BAND TOUR THE UK IN FEBRUARY – SEE THE GIG GUIDE FOR more information