- 08 Nov 17
The 12th studio album by The Waterboys, Out Of All This Blue, is their very first double album in a near 35-year career. Recently married frontman MIKE SCOTT talks about his love of Ireland, discovering hip hop beats, meeting Lou Reed and David Bowie, and the joys of fatherhood.
Surprisingly for a musician renowned for his mecurial quality, Mike Scott is unfashionably early for this interview. The instantly recognisable Waterboy-in-chief is already sitting at a corner table, deeply engrossed in a paperback copy of Irvine Welsh’s The Blade Artist, when Hot Press arrives into the Dunne & Crescenzi restaurant on Dublin’s South Frederick St at the appointed hour. He immediately puts the book away into a black leather satchel and rises to shake my hand. I ask if he’s a fan of his fellow countryman’s work.
“I do like Irvine’s stuff, yeah,” he answers in an accent that’s now only barely identifiable as Scottish, after decades of living away from his native Edinburgh. “I’ve met him a couple of times. He’s a good guy.”
It’s a little noisy where he’s chosen to sit, at least for recording purposes, so I suggest that we move into the adjoining dining room. Scott looks mildly reluctant, but gathers up his things anyway. Perhaps it’s modesty. When we enter, I immediately spot a framed copy of Culture magazine, featuring a younger version of him on the cover, hanging on the wall. “Well, I’m a bit of a regular here,” he explains, half-apologetically. “They look after me very well.”