Mike Skinner of The Streets has been busy of late releasing new songs under his old moniker ahead of their The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour next month and now in an interview with Mr. Porter he has revealed the reason behind the comeback.
Skinner stated: “Well, I don’t need the cash, otherwise I’d have done all the festivals, and the offers we got were insane,” he says. “There were a few things that Dizzee [Rascal] said when he did the big Red Bull gigs [referencing his 2016 Boy In Da Corner shows]. He said at one point, ‘I know this means a lot to you,’ and it felt like it was his way of saying, ‘But I’ve moved on.’ And I totally get that. I’m gonna celebrate the past.”
In the interview the Brummie also spoke about his return to writing music, he said: “Whatever that bit of your brain is that works out what the most important word of the sentence is, and has to make it rhyme, it was really tired,” says Mr Skinner. In the period between 2011 – when he dissolved The Streets – and now, that particular part had been “trained and then not used.”
He added: “But when I started to write songs again last year, I had this weird sensation that it was ready to go. All of the things that I taught myself about songwriting were still there. It’s like getting on a bike, and remembering that you’d been Bradley Wiggins.”
He also revealed in the interview that he is working on a film which like the tour is called The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light which is set in and around London’s nightlife scene, the film according to the man himself is about “a farce about guys and girls getting into trouble” in a club. He describes it as “a Streets musical, like Casablanca but not as much as La La Land” and said “my script is very like a Streets album” – although inspiration has come from some unusual places. “The story isn’t clever,” he says. “It’s all in the dialogue, and that’s what I love.”
Exciting times on the horizon for Mr. Skinner, check out his new track ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ below.