Interviewed in our new issue, Q334 out now, the frontman says he spent time in remote hideaways to create the record.
In Turkey he stayed in “this village in the middle of nowhere”, admitting that initially “I totally freaked out! But once I arrived, I never had hospitality like it”.
After Turkey, Steadman headed to Mumbai where he rented a small studio, journeying to work every day “hanging off the side of a train, which is how everyone commutes over there, it’s like natural air conditioning.”
He finished writing the album in the UK, but again opted to cut himself off from the rest of civilization, residing in a shepherd’s hut in the Peak District.
“No internet, no TV. My one luxury was radio,” he explains. “Everyday I’d listen to Morning Classics on Radio Three and the Ashes. It made me realise the simpler you make your life, the easier it is to be happy.”
Get Q334 now for the full On The Road feature, as Q joins Bombay Bicycle Club on their Germany tour.