Ricky Wilson: ‘Doing The Voice rocked the boat, but the boat needed rocking’ (Q337 Preview)

Ricky Wilson: ‘Doing The Voice rocked the boat, but the boat needed rocking’ (Q337 Preview)

kaiserchiefsnewlineupKasier Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson admits he risked his band’s future by becoming a judge on BBC1 TV talent show The Voice earlier this year.

Speaking to Niall Doherty in Q337 out now, the frontman says that if his foray into Saturday night TV had been received badly he might not have had a day job to go back to.

“It was rocking the boat a little bit, but I think the boat needed rocking,” he declares. “I was gambling with a load of people’s careers because we could’ve carried on playing the hits at those festivals that are a little bit like village fetes and I didn’t want to do that.”

Wilson also counters criticism that he sold out by doing the talent show, suggesting bands need to find new ways to engage with audiences.

“You’ve got to move with the times,” he explains, “and if you can do it, why wouldn’t you want to do it?”

Get Q337, in print or on digital, now for the full feature with Kasier Chiefs, including the rest of the band’s reaction to The Voice, whether Wilson will do it again and more.

Plus Kaiser Chiefs are playing the Glastonbury Festival tomorrow (27 June), listen in for a Q backstage interview that will go live straight from the site.