For us too, Tarek. For us too.
This summer saw what was undoubtedly the most exciting music event of recent times. Eh? No, it wasn't Spring King's debut album finally being released - it was the first issue of Dork. Come on, keep up. Spring King were on the cover though; and they're one of Dork's Bands of 2016, too.
Hey Tarek, how’s it going?
Tarek to Dork magazine. Calling home. Today is the first day of our break, we’ve been on tour non-stop most of the year with little gaps here and there. I’ve got a Four Freshmen record on, getting into the winter feels.
Have you had a good 2016? How does it feel to have had your debut album out for six months already?
2016 has been a crazy one. I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life this year. We’ve been to the US, Australia and many European countries. I’ll never forget our day off in LA where we went surfing and watched the sunset with a few beers, or hanging out in Melbourne. The album has been out since June and we’re already looking ahead to the next release, whenever that may be! One thing I didn’t expect was the reception we’ve had from our fans, they always send us messages about how much they enjoy the album.
Have there been any other achievements this year that have particularly meant a lot to you?
Performing on Jools Holland was an incredible experience. I was so nervous, I could barely hold the drum sticks. Some of my favourite bands of all time have been on the show. At The Drive-In performed on Jools and that really hit me growing up, it will always stick with me. I’ve personally been shortlisted by the MPG (Music Producers Guild) for the award of ‘Self Producing Artist of The Year’ alongside James Blake and Jeff Lynne, which is a huge honour.
What do you think has been the biggest music-related news story of 2016?
We’ve lost so many great artists this year including Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen. They’ve created music that generations have grown up with, and inspired so many to create art and music.
What’s your album of the year?
I really got into the Whitney album, it made the drives through our European tour even more beautiful. I love the sound of that record, it’s like a big warm hug.
Where will Spring King be this Christmas? Are you having a bit of time off?
We’ll all be at our homes, spending time with friends and family. Me, Andy and Pete are gonna buy consoles so we can game for a bit. It’s been a while since we’ve had a solid break. I’m going to miss playing shows, but we’ll enjoy ourselves by writing music.
What presents will you get for your bandmates?
James loves Tequila, maybe I’ll get him some. Andy and Pete are into a game called Hearthstone, so maybe I’ll get them some in-game purchases. Lots of gaming and drinking will be done this December.
What’s top of your Christmas list?
Dream wish list would be a Jeep Wagoneer, ideally one from circa 1967. Realistically, a pair of trainers would be cool.
What do you think is the most important part of a Christmas roast dinner?
The gravy for me. It pulls it all together, it elevates the experience.
Do you have any favourite festive party games?
Does Poker count? Other than that, maybe Charades or Monopoly.
Do you have many plans for 2017 yet? Anything in the diary?
We’re touring with the Kaiser Chiefs in February on their Arena tour! Also supporting Cage The Elephant for two UK shows as well as our first ever show in Madrid supporting Hinds. Apart from that, it’s mainly writing music so far!
Which album are you most looking forward to being released next year?
I can’t wait for Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes to drop new albums, they will be holy days.
Who do you think will be the biggest new band of 2017?
He’s already smashing it but Aldous RH is great. I hope he releases more music next year.
Give all this a try
Say hello to pop's new boy wonder, whose breakthrough single 'death bed' is set to be one of 2020's defining tracks.
Rina Sawayama was always going to be a pop mastermind, but with her debut album out and already gaining the kind of critical acclaim that makes a career, she’s quickly becoming something far more than she ever imagined.
Check out his new video for oddball pop tune 'Arthur Conan Doyle', too.
It's a 'Notes On A Conditional Form' extravaganza this month. Plus, Rina Sawayama, The Aces, Creeper, Orlando Weeks and loads more!
Like this? Subscribe to Dork
and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.