10 Questions To Skye Edwards of Morcheeba


By Julien Sauvalle

The voice of Morcheeba talks about the band's breakup and reunion, and spills details on their new album 'Head Up High', out now.

From left: Ross Godfrey, Skye Edwards, Paul Godfrey

What are you favorite tracks on Head Up High?

When we performed "Make Believer" on stage, we got an incredible response from the audience. It was amazing. But I think my favorite track on the album is “Under The Ice”. It’s quite upbeat, but it's a beautiful breakup song.

Morcheeba’s been around for 18 years now. What is your assessment of the current music industry?

The industry has certainly changed a lot. I think that in America you’re bit more gentle about age, but in the UK the industry is very into youth, unless you are very old and then you’re labelled “legendary”, like the Rolling Stones. When you’re over 40, people stop really paying attention, and suddenly the focus is on your age rather than your music...

Well, you sound and look like you haven’t aged in 15 years...

That’s the beauty of Photoshop! 

Are there specific bands that you like?

My son is about to turn 18, and went to the Reading Festival this past summer. We saw this band perform, Alt-J, and I was blown away by them. Lately, I’ve been listening to Lorde a lot. One time, I was driving around with my children when the song “Royals” came on. My 13-year-old said to me “I quite like this song”, and I said “Oh, yes, it’s Lorde isn’t it? I like this song a lot too.” It made me look very cool.

It’s interesting that you have a background in fashion design.

I studied fashion design and industrial design at London College of Fashion. I love making dresses, and I really enjoyed when I could just go up to a mannequin and start sawing something. I wasn’t so much into talking and writing about my inspiration, my creative process... So I kind of put fashion on the side and dived into music. Alexander McQueen has always been a great inspiration to me, and I love Eli Saab’s gowns. When I was going to perform in Rome, actually, I asked if I could wear an Eli Saab gown, but I was told that those were only given to red-carpet “A listers”, so I went back home and made my own Eli Saab-inspired dress. Since then, I've designed some of my stage outfits, and the champagne-colored dress that I’m wearing in the video for “Gimme Your Love” is mine, although the stylist did a wonderful job adding those pieces of fabrics around it. I also make dresses for my daughter’s school events. I don’t have any plans on launching my own label, although collaborating with a fashion designer on a collection would be fantastic.

Are you planning on going back on tour with Morcheeba soon?

Yes! We just wrapped up a few dates performing Head Up High in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and we have a European tour coming up. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back to America after winter, and we’re also planning on touring Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

'Head Up High' is available now. For more information, go to Morcheeba.co.uk