- 12 Mar 01
The latest Boy to leave the Zone, the launch of Mikey Graham s solo voyage has been attended by controversy and criticism. But don t underestimate his determination. I m not the passenger, he tells PETER MURPHY. Portraits of the Artist: DECLAN ENGLISH
I m confident about what I do and I m sure that my music will prevail through anything else. And if me first album doesn t, me second will, and if me second doesn t, me third will, and if me third doesn t, me fourth will, and I ll just keep goin . I ll continue on irrespective of what anybody thinks or says. I m not trying to impress the critics cos they ll never be impressed. And if people happen to like it, great, and if they don t like it, it s no big deal either. I mean, failure and success to me, I measure them in different ways. It s not about golden glorious number one albums - if that happens, brilliant, fantastic, but what it s about for me is writing songs.
It s the oldest quote in the book. It s the music that matters, man. We do it for ourselves. If anyone else likes it, it s a bonus. The kind of sincere but dog-eared cliches you usually dismiss out of hand unless they come from an old salt like Neil Young or Patti Smith, and even then you take em with a pinch of showbiz sherbet.