P Posted by Sandra on November 6 2013 0 Comments McFLY, News, Photo gallery update

Read below McFly‘s interview for Drafted Magazine and enjoy some more pics from the photoshoot that I added to the gallery. Remember that you can get your copy of the magazine for free only in London’s underground.

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HAVING ACHIEVED EVERYTHING YOU CAN POSSIBLY HOPE FOR WHEN YOU FIRST START A BAND, MCFLY ARE STILL REAPING THE REWARDS OF THE HARD WORK, PASSION AND DEDICATION THEY’VE INJECTED INTO THE GROUP SINCE DAY ONE. AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, DRAFTED’S KYLE GOODWIN CATCHES UP WITH THE FOUR-PIECE TO DISCUSS MEMORIES, LANDMARKS AND BROTHER-LIKE FRIENDSHIPS…

A decade in any job is an impressive achievement. But in the modern music business, where popularity can be a passing ship in the night, 10 years is unachievable milestone for most. For McFly, the last 10 years has seen them shift 10million albums, pick up countless awards (including a Brit Award for Best Pop Act), sell out arena tours across the globe, and build themselves into something of an institution.

On a September afternoon, we find them sitting in the lustrous surroundings of Kensington Roof Gardens, encircled by flamingos (just how we roll here at Drafted), casually preparing for their own decade celebrations. In a few days’ time, they’ll be taking to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall – for four consecutive nights – to ring in their landmark birthday as a band. And today, Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd are as excited as they were back in year one. Their sixth full-length album is set for release in Spring next year, and all four of those RAH shows were resounding sell-outs.

When it comes to longevity as a band, the attitude you exude both internally and externally can be equally as crucial as the music you put out there. It’s an attitude that, between them, McFly have naturally had in abundance since the day they formed. “I think a lot of people get into the music business for the wrong reasons,” begins drummer Harry Judd, the backbone to McFly’s musical and personal infrastructure. “We never really set out to get invited to VIP clubs with free champagne and have photographers everywhere. I never thought in a million years I’d be successful with a band, it just happened within six months. We all loved performing and playing music but it’s not like we desperately wanted to be famous. We didn’t really know about that world so we had no aspirations to be in it.”

McFly’s reluctance to fully submerge themselves in celebrity culture is what makes them an enigma in the modern musical landscape, and it creates a very humble atmosphere around them. Through it all, they remain four people who play music because it’s what they love most in life. And while the offshoot of stardom can easily start overshadowing the art itself, to McFly, any part of the job that doesn’t involve writing, playing or recording music appears to be nothing more than a faintly awkward but necessary inconvenience.

“We’re not really that good at being famous,” explains Tom Fletcher, one half of the vocal / guitar / songwriting combination – along with Danny – that makes up McFly’s sound. “You know those red carpet events? We’re probably the most uncomfortable people there. It’s not that we hate the fame that comes with being in a band – they go hand-in-hand – being famous is just a by-product of our success in the music business. It’s a vital part of it. But we don’t take it too seriously. We have a very nice level of celebrity where it’s there for us when we need to go promote a new album but we don’t have paparazzi sat outside our homes. It’s a really good balance when it comes to fame versus normality.”

You don’t need to spend much time in McFly’s company to realise they’re as close as brothers. Watch any of the countless interviews and acoustic performances with them on YouTube, and you’ll see just how much they bounce off each other – whether the mics are on or off. The bond here crosses over into something much deeper – between the four of them there’s a balance of characters that compliment each individual’s traits and personalities – and that’s a luxury that only a band of best friends can enjoy.

“I don’t think we’d have made it past a year if our friendships weren’t this strong,” Tom continues. “It’s the overriding factor in our longevity. If you’re a band for 10 years you go through good times and bad times, especially if your success comes overnight and very early on. If you’re not the best of friends then it can start to unravel when the excitement and novelty of success mellows out. It’s our friendship that’s pulled us through all the tough times.”
“The band is more than just a job,” adds Harry. “It’s what we like to do for fun. Having wives and families are obviously important but, with the band it’s almost a responsibility we have. It’s like Batman, we have a duty. We’re like Batmen. With all the crazy things we get to do, it essentially all boils back down to us sitting together in a hotel room, eating takeaway going: ‘Dude, what you do if Natalie Portman was in the room right now’? Being in a band is a cycle that never gets old.”

Regardless of the Number One singles, the numerous awards, the millions of album sales, the screaming girls and the arena tours, there’s no room for egos when you’re surrounded by your best mates 24 hours a day. Staying cool just goes without saying. Of course, whenever your work lives and personal lives intersect there will be tensions. Putting up with disagreements, petty arguments and bad moods comes with the territory but what happens when there’s a minor fall out before a big show? How easy is it to put anything personal to one side and purely focus on the job ahead? “It’s only happened once,” Harry confesses. “Tom and I had a little argument on the Busted tour years ago and then we went straight on stage. But as soon as the lights go up, everything is put to one side. If we’ve ever annoyed each other we always just wake up the next day and it’s all forgotten about. Nothing’s that big a deal.”

“Not for me,” Tom jokingly interjects. “I write it all down. I’ve got a list of every time you guys have pissed me off. I’ve got the date and time and everything.”

Laughter erupts around the room, not for the first time in the day. Being in a band can keep you feeling young forever (or at least allow you to pretend you’re young forever), and for McFly, it’s been an excuse to put off that whole growing up thing for many years.

“Being in a band keeps you very young at heart,” Tom smiles. “In a lot of ways the group dynamic hasn’t really changed much. Even though outside the band we’re a bit wiser about the world and more experienced in life, we’re still doing the same s*** we did 10 years ago and still finding the same bad jokes funny. We spend half of our lives in the back of cars and hotels rooms, you have to have that immaturity to stay sane. But we’re a bit more mature about our roles now, though, and where McFly fits in the UK. We’re all a bit more comfortable with everything. It means we can just enjoy it all.”

As McFly have matured, bought property and started families, so have the fans that were with them from day one. Of course they’ve picked up many new fans along the way, some younger and some much older (with Harry’s appearance on Strictly Come Dancing attracting attention from far outside their average demographic), their fanbase has always been built on a loyal core. With each year that passes they’ve gone through the same set of emotions – the excitement, the panic and the downright confusion – all the while experiencing McFly’s journey with them every step of the way.

“Our relationship with our fans has definitely evolved over the years,” reflects Tom. “Not only have we got older, but our fans have got older as well. Fans who were 15 or 16 when we first came out are now in their mid-twenties, they’ve been to uni and got jobs; some of them are married and have kids now. What’s nice with that first batch of McFly fans is that their lives have settled down in the same way ours have over the last few years.”

Growing as people is one thing; we all eventually get to that point in life where our priorities may start to shift. It’s natural. But growing as a songwriter can bring tricky altercations, especially when your fans and record label expect a certain sound. “We do write songs that occasionally aren’t quite right for McFly,” says Danny. “It’s hard because sometimes they can be some of our favourite songs at the time, but you have to be ruthless and just put them to one side. But those songs can work later on down the line, like ‘One For The Radio’. At the time it just wasn’t right for the album we were doing, but a few years later it was absolutely perfect for ‘Radio: Active’. You’ve got to trust that your fans are going to go on the journey with you, though. If you’re just trying to rewrite the hits you wrote ten years ago you’ll end up sounding like yourself covering yourself. You need to set new standards.”

Settling down McFly may be, but they’ve got no intentions of slowing down. ‘Love Is On The Radio’ – their twenty-seventh single – is set for release this month, with their sixth album to follow next Spring. Four nights at The Royal Albert Hall may have given them a chance to reflect on their achievements over the last decade, but now it’s time to look forward. McFly transcends being just a band – at this point they’re a musical institution – and for Harry, Tom, Danny, and Dougie (and every single fan who’s shared the journey so far with them), that’s not something to turn your back on.

McFly’s new single ‘Love Is On The Radio’ is released November 24th. The live CD / DVD ’10th Anniversary – Live at The Albert Hall’ is released December 9th. McFly’s sixth album will be released spring 2014.

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