さようなら さようなら asks:
was the most memorable audience member you have ever seen; do you try to ignore
Very early on there was a fellow called mick
who used to come to all our gigs, he was quite an imposing figure with massive
dreadlocks .it was always quite reassuring to see him front and center. When he
stopped coming there was always a feeling of "where's mick? What have we done, why have you forsaken us?
you ever get nervous on stage, at what show were you the most nervous and why?
I was probably most nervous before Glastonbury 2015,
as it was the first big gig without Ed on stage with me. The festival really
means a lot to me so I wanted it to be great.
There's so much expectation and anticipation, which can hem you in a bit
but just tried to forget that and enjoy it (other football clichés can be
applied). Adam did a great job standing
in for Ed and it turned out to be one of the most intense, exciting things I've
ever been part of, which was nice…
What were your hobbies as children - when did you first become interested
Riding BMX, making jumps/tracks etc.
was your favorite subject in Elementary/grade/high School?
I was always interested in music; a lot of
early obsessions came from things I saw on TV.
I had a cool guitar teacher at primary school who would transcribe things
I heard like the theme from “mash" and "windmills of my mind"
and the James Bond theme. He was great.
a particular crash cymbal sound you use in a lot of your music. It's got that
distinctive sound like birds chirping toward the end, which makes it easy to
recognize. Off the top of my head, it's in Leave Home, Orange Wedge, Galaxy
Bounce, Believe — it's even in Hanna vs. Marissa from the Hanna soundtrack.
When I heard a mislabeled version of your Prodigy Voodoo People remix for the
first time, I knew it had to be by you because of the crash cymbal. Where does
that sample originally come from? What keeps you coming back to it?
Yes, I love that sound, it has everything I
want from a crash including a kick drum, it will live on forever.
Martín Naccarelli asks:
the music, as a graphic designer I also love the artwork of all your albums and
singles. May I ask what inspires those particular cover choices that you've
made and/or how does the artwork relate or maybe even communicate with each
It's always been really important. I put so much love and work into in the
music, so why would you do not do the same with artwork. I see it as another opportunity to be creative
and to work with interesting and inspiring people. I love records, how they look and feel and
still find it exciting to make something that might live alongside other albums
in someone's collection
Pablo Vidal asks:
Tom! I wanna thank you for the LP on Phantasy and ask you if you planned to
release more of your work soon?
Thanks, it was fun to do, I like what Erol
alkan does with his label and he's a good friend, so it was an easy
choice. As for new material, watch the
the song "The Test", why does the "gotta go to bed now"
line that's in the background towards the end, feel so instructive? Every time
I stay up late, listening to music, that's the song that I usually tell myself
"Yeah, you're right" and then I unplug my headphones and call it a
night. Do that on purpose or naw?
Yes, I love that line, and also" I'm home
and I'm free ", have often felt that way myself. Richard Ashcroft is an
amazing singer/songwriter/force of nature
Gordon Jamieson asks:
Ed getting grumpy in his old age?
song do you wish you had written?
Paul Simon's "Graceland"
Madrid, Spain: Hello Mr. Rowlands, my ask is very personal.... When you start your
career of music, you've sacrificed something important to groove in the music
like a good job or a girlfriend and after have regrets? Thanks for your
attention and excuse if I offend you.
I suppose that when you do something you love
it doesn't feel like a sacrifice.
Steve Ruybe asks:
is your favorite author?
Evelyn Waugh and John Steinbeck
Tom! What do you think of Star Wars: A Force Awakens? How many times have you
seen it, and... Did you shed a tear when that thing happened to that one guy
from the original trilogy.... you know?
Hi Whirly, good to hear from you!
Yes, seen it quite a few times with the
Rowlands gang. Really enjoyed it. Felt it was almost like a 2015 remix of the
original Star Wars
it was great of you to give up an hour of your evening to hang out with us
geeks in Chicago.
It was fun, good to meet you all.
that you and Eddy are huge fans of New Order, what was it like meeting them for
the first time? What is it like to produce and write songs with them now,
especially on their newest album?
Yeah, new order is something very special to me. NO and Joy Division's music has been a
constant presence through my life. Working on the latest album "music
complete" was such a buzz and I'm really happy for them that it's been
it was great that Gillian came back in to write,
her melodic stuff is really cool and definitely gives the band something else
I also find Bernard and Stephen real inspirations,
they both work really hard at what they do and still have that drive and desire
to try and do something great
what do your family members / neighbors say when you're producing loud
electronic music, experimenting with synths? Have you ever bothered them with
it? Do you consult your family from time to time when making certain tracks?
Yeah sometimes my kids wander in, they’re
always quite good instinctive judges of what’s happening, mostly it’s,”this is boring,
lets do something else.” which is often about right...
Tom, I am writing from Mexico. While making music have you ever experienced
anything paranormal? Does your inspiration come from something spiritual? You
play with soundwaves like nobody else!
hstn and Dynn Javier ask:
your favorite visual by Adam or favorite performance over the course of the
So many, I’ve always loved what he does for the
band. Adam is someone who really
understands what the band is trying to do when we play live. This tour I really
loved the “rotor” sequence he shot for EML Ritual, it had just the right mix of
terrifying fun and dizzying excitement
the power consumption of a typical Chemical Brothers Live show?
Lots, sometimes too much, as we've found out to
our cost a few times...
three of you (You, Ed and Adam) should be on stage sometime. Can it happen? I'm
sure there's plenty of room on stage for all 3 of you.
3 way jam? Maybe one day..
Chops and Andrew Martin ask:
you ever considered a one off live show complete with loads of your
collaborators performing the tracks with you? I realize it would be a
logistical nightmare but I would love this to happen.
Yeah, we’ve sometimes discussed a “last waltz”
kind of thing but would probably only really makes sense as our farewell
concert and hopefully that’s a while off.
a beginner producer I have a relentless feeling of unsatisfaction when working
on tracks. I just can't enjoy it and always feel it's not good and too far from
my expectations. But I mostly like my tracks when I listen to them later. How
do you guys decide when a track is completed? Do you consider external
feedback? Do you manage to actually feel satisfied of your tracks when working
I always feel when I can listen to something
back and not want to change anything about it then it’s done, never really feel
“satisfied” with stuff, I guess that’s why I still have that incessant feeling
to keep making music
Apostle, Sneaker, thg and Hutchio all ask:
there any plans to release some of your DJ edits, like Lack of Love or
C.H.E.M.I.C.A.L? Are/were plans for a Brothers Gonna Work it Out follow up on
the table? It would be a great way to get some of those exclusive edits out.
That would be cool, I’ve made so many over the
years that it might be nice to put them all out in a release. Whilst we still
dj though we’ll probably just keep them for our own sets
Csar and ThePumisher ask:
does the mysterious track name K+B+D on Further stand for?
discovered some early prototype nicknames for songs like Guitar Tuned to D,
Germ, Jabba... What are some great names we haven't heard? What happened to the
track called Contra?
"Bert in Africa” or “peter the bellboy”
are ones that stick in the mind for some reason. “Contra" is still a work
think I remember that you like cycling. What kind of bike do you have? Do you
listen to any music when you ride?
Yes, I’ve loved cycling from an early age. I
don’t listen to music whilst cycling though, I like it as a time to think, get
lost in the repetition
the octave kitten ever get a key repair?
Not that one, but we now have a box fresh one
that might come out someday
long did you spend making Wonders of the Deep?
A while, can you tell????
vocals are featured on many tracks! Which is your favorite?
Probably either “swoon” or “Hanna’s theme”
though I like them all, if I didn’t, you wouldn’t hear them.
importantly, what is the SH-101 used for live? This has been driving me crazy
for 15 years and I'm sure the answer is obvious. Is it just to brag that you
guys have one and they cost insane amounts of money now due to hype?
It runs through a Morely distortion/wah and is
responsible for the drone sound that get’s played around with when we first
come on stage, it then gets used for siren type sounds later in the set
possibility in releasing Superflash? (the DJ version, not the live version) And
why are there 2 versions of this track? Also, is there a chance get
C.H.E.M.I.C.A.L released too?