Richard Ashcroft says he is fizzing with creative energy as he returns with a new solo album this month.
The former Verve frontman releases These People on 20 May – his first record since 2010’s United Nations Of Sound – and in an extensive interview in our new issue, available now in print and on digital, he explains why he is brimming with passion for his music and ready to take on all-comers: veterans, contemporaries, new talents... the lot.
“The excitement of being back in this tsunami of shit is amazing,” he tells Q’s Andrew Perry, “because my juice, my elixir, is something they ain’t got. None of ’em! I’m having to do press-ups to keep up with the feeling.”
Having taken a break, Ashcroft is also adamant this new album represents the beginning of a new, prolonged chapter for his solo career.
“This album’s gonna be the first step for a series of records, and I’m gonna establish myself,” he declares. “I believe the opportunity is there to be the biggest solo artist in my country. I don’t care who you are – I don’t give a shit!”
Get Q now for the full interview as alongside his plans for the future Ashcroft takes a look back at his days with The Verve and much more.
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