Mike Skinner feels no sadness at the end of ‘The Streets’

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner has revealed he doesn’t feel any sadness at the end of his band, The Streets, after they finished after the release of their fifth album, Computers and Blues.

The Streets front man spoke to Mark Lawson on Radio 4 and said, “I don’t feel any sadness, I would feel frustrated if I had to make another one.”

“You can’t go on forever, can you?”

When quizzed about what was next for him, he revealed he had no idea.

“No I don’t know, this album has been a real test for me. I guess just coming off the back of doing it for 10 years.”

The musician/producer has worked under the name The Streets since 2002, when he released their debut album, Original Pirate Material.

He has recently revealed he feels he’s too old for the streets, but denies he got tired of being them.

“I didn’t say I was sick of The Streets… I totally believe in this (album). I think every single song on that album is a really good song.

“But at the same time I don’t want to do it anymore. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying that. I don’t think it’s a negative thing to say.”

“The way that I’ve made all my music is I’ve done it all myself. This album more than the first one – it was written by me, it was engineered by me, it was recorded by me, it was mixed by me and it was mastered by me. As far as I’m aware no-one else in the world does that.”

He denies any significance to just doing five albums, saying, “The significance is down to the record deal I did with Warner but it worked out well because it just feels natural, it feels like I’ve explored every idea that I have in me for it.”

Talking about technology within his latest album he went on to say, “Originally when I started the album I imagined it would be some kind of JG Ballard meets Blade Runner kind of dystopian sci-fi future, but fairly quickly I realised I was narrowing down my options too much.

“So I did write songs about robots but then a few songs came along that were really good. The first one was Blip on a Screen which is about going to an ultrasound scan of my daughter.

“That was the first moment when it felt I was writing about technology and the future, but it also feels like a human love story.”

Skinner is now planning on writing his life story, making a film and going on one farewell tour with The Streets.

“My mind is occupied with touring the Streets, that will take up to a year and then we’re writing a film at the moment so all the visual stuff I do on my website is taking up all of my creative passion now.”

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