Q 20 October 2012

Big thanks to Dutch fan site Keane Nederland who supplied these excellent questions – click for their pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Q. How does Tom prepare his voice, so he can preform the whole evening, the whole tour?
A. He normally warms up for a little while, though once he has sung in soundcheck his voice tends to be pretty warm, and not need too much. We definitely try to minimise singing when doing three shows in a row – he probably won’t sing much in the Paris soundcheck, for example.

Q. Keane recently performed an amazing cover of The River, but IF Bruce Springsteen planned to do a Keane cover, wich one you guys want that to be?
A. Wow, good question – I guess Strangeland has our most Springsteeny-vibe songs on it, so maybe Sovereign Light Café… I think that would sound good!

Q. You played a lot at Indoor and outdoor venues, but wich do you prefer, and why?
A. Big festivals are a lot of fun, especially as it is getting dark, so if I could only play one more show that’s what I’d like, but I don’t really mind!

Q. A few years ago there was such thing called "the mini doc" during the tour, is that brilliant concept ever coming back?
A. Ha, that was Tom, right? Depends if he feels inspired to take his video camera out again (so probably not!)

Q. When talked about brilliant concepts, what about the return of "what do you think of" interviews? they where amazingly funny.
A. See above!

Q. Did you ever consider performing with a Symphonic Orchestra?
A. We’d love to. Another on the long list of things we would like to do. I really enjoyed things like the iTunes session from a couple of years back – with a small string section.

Q. When Dutch people travel to a foreign country they take peanutbutter, potatoes and coffee with them. Is there anything you have to take with you on tour?
A. Coffee, obviously (beans, grinder and aeropress or V60 filter)

Q. Don’t you get tired of performing almost every day? And what do you guys do to stay healthy?
A. Tom and Jesse have just gone to the gym as I write this. We all work out (I only do on days off because the gig is a workout for me). We try to eat well (no chocolate on the tourbus!) and we are lucky to have Popcorn Catering (company) with us on this tour, and they make us (and our crew) lovely healthy food every day.

Q. Who makes the setlists and what’s the motivation behind some of the songs?
A. Tom likes to do them at the moment, and he is looking at the way the songs flow, and the way they go from one key to another – sometimes he finds a combination of songs make tuning difficult, so he keeps an eye on that. Then it just depends on how long we have, and what the venue sounds like – a song like Black Rain won’t sound good in a big cavernous shed, but might sound amazing in a theatre.

Q. Nowadays the music industry is more a single-based thing instead of making great albums. What do you think of that?
A. We still see a lot of albums out there, but realise the world has changed – we always try to make a record of great songs from start to finish, but I can see that it punishes people who used to make a record of one or two singles and a load of filler…

Q. Are you interested in new bands/musicians and do you help them finding there way in the music industry?
A. Of course – the best thing we can do is invite good bands out to tour with us, which is what we have always done.

Q. Are there already plans for Album #5?
A. No – we are still touring album 4!

Q. Which countries, you haven’t been, would you like to visit?
A. I’d like to go back to China, and play more places there, plus New Zealand, and some of the countries we have missed in South America, like Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela… I also think we should go to Hawaii, and I’d love to play in Alaska!

Q. Does having children and getting married affect the songwriting and the subjects you write about?
A. Life certainly does contribute to what Tim writes about, so I’d say yes.

Q. We know Tom is a brilliant songwriter from the song Closer Now and Jesse from his time with the Mets and Mt. Desolation. But why are all the Keane songs written by Tim?
A. Tom has never sent a song round that he wants us to do, but who knows what might happen in the future.

Q. Which venue you have played is your favourite and why?
That’s an almost impossible question, but lots of the early shows hold very fond memories – the first Glastonbury, for example.

Again, many thanks for the opportunity!
No probs. Thanks for a great set of questions.

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