• UO Interviews: The xx

    For the release of their new album, Coexist, we interviewed The xx to talk about The Tourist zine, what it's like to constantly be in front of a camera and if they've ever been tempted to slap something with a  bumper sticker.
    Interview by Ally Mullen and Kate Williams

    How long did it take for you guys to become comfortable having a photographer around all the time for The Tourist zine?
    Oliver: It was never going to be easy trying to not take note of another person in the room, especially for us. He could never be invisible but over time it became a lot more comfortable and a comforting presence at times.

    What do you like about Jamie-James Medina's work?
    Oliver: I'm a big fan of his portraits—posed and unposed. He also has an ability to capture split second moments

    Who is the best at taking pictures? Who is the worst?
    Oliver: Romy has a disciplined passion for documenting our travels. I think we'll all appreciate it so much in years to come. I'm always frustrated at my own lack of taking pictures.  We're traveling to such beautiful and interesting places, I wish I'd take more from my phone.

    What is something that you have lost that you really wish you could have back?
    Oliver: My early, early memories. I wish I remembered meeting Romy when we were 3-years-old.

    Have you ever been mistaken for another band?
    Jamie: Yes, people mistake us for Iron Maiden all the time.

    What is your favorite venue to play on tour?
    Jamie: Shepherds Bush Empire in London. It's our old local.

    Which band member is the best at being photographed? The worst?
    Romy: I personally feel quite shy in front of the camera, I prefer to be the one taking the pictures. Oliver always looks great and definitely seems the most comfortable in front of the camera.

    What records do you listen to the most on the road?
    Romy: This summer we've all been listening too Kill For Love by Chromatics, Put Your Back N 2 It by Perfume Genius and our friends from London's self titled album, 2:54 by 2:54.

    Have you ever been tempted to slap this bumper sticker on something for this tour?

    Haha, we weren't actually aware of this when naming the album, but now we know, it's cool. A positive message, I guess!

    Do you have any pre-show rituals you do to bring you good luck or to calm your nerves? Any good-luck charms?
    Romy:We always get nervous before shows. I know it's because we care so much. It's pretty relaxed in our backstage. We don't have any rituals but sometimes give each other a reassuring hug.

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    Get The xx's The Tourist zine in stores on October 6!