Scissor Sisters: Techno fans

Scissor Sisters might not be the first band that springs to mind when you hear the words ‘very hard techno music’, but they’re working on changing that. Proving that there’s an ITMer lurking in us all, Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears chatted to us about his new DJ duo, collaborations with Boys Noize, his “insatiable” appetite for dance music, and how much he fucking loves clubbing. Oh, plus a little bit about gay marriage.

I’m interviewing you because you’re coming back to Australia soon…

We’ve had so much fun at the festivals this summer. There are certain festivals that I love being at so much. When you’re at a special festival like Coachella, Glastonbury or Bonnaroo we always try to stay for a full extra day and get into all sorts of trouble.

Great. It’s interesting you say you’re having a lot of fun because it does feel that way following your career.

Absolutely. I think it’s also just getting a little bit older. It’s funny that this whole year and a half my anxiety on stage just completely evaporated and I had so much more fun performing without anxiety. You know, I would always get very nervous and quiet before I went onstage, but I just go out now and have a great time. I’ve had so much fun just not getting the jitters and nerves onstage. I think as a band it brought us together in a really great way and solidified our relationships with each other and really solidified us as a band. It’s amazing how our dynamic with people has really matured and changed. It’s a really great thing to see relationships evolve and progress and not stagnate.

Incredible. So now that the new songs are coming together, are you getting a sense that your next album will be a concept one, or will there be a different feel to the album? How’s that going so far?

It’s going to be very different than Night Work. It’s going to be much more broad than Night Work and so far, it is a broad swath of songs. I think the themes are going to start emerging really soon. You can’t tell when it’s really going to start taking shape and how things will tie together. But I love so many of the songs we’ve got really; I’m really very excited about it. You just know when you’ve written something that’s special and I think we’ve got some really special songs.

What I love most about Night Work is that it feels like every song is tied to a visceral sexuality. I wonder, was that controversial in any corner of the world? Did you get any weird feedback about it?

No, I wouldn’t say there was weird feedback. Night Work wasn’t a record for everybody. It spoke in a language that was a bit more specific, and it was about themes that were a bit more specific. The whole album’s one of our most conceptual we’ve made thus far. So I didn’t get any weird feedback, just that it wasn’t necessarily for grandma. And that’s fine. You make the things that you got to make. I’m so proud of that record. Love it love it. That record was a massive triumph for me, personally because I’ve struggled for so long with that album and gave up on it. When Night Work happened it happened so fast and I felt so creative and reinvigorated and excited and inspired about it. I never knew if that was going to happen again, so that record is special to me. I never knew if we would make another record. I’m so proud of that album. It was amazing to see who it connected with.

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