Music interview: Paul Weller on growing up, getter older and falling in love

Paul Weller.
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Paul Weller released his second greatest hits compilation More Modern Classics earlier this month and is performing at numerous festivals throughout the summer.

He’s also been playing a number of small venues recently which he found to be a lot of fun but also tremendous hard work with cramped space and sound limitations.

He said: “Our rehearsal space is bigger than those spaces, it’s like Wembley Stadium compared to them. But it is what it is, a club gig’s a club gig. Good for getting warmed up.”

The new album comprises most of the singles released by Weller in the past 16 years, and which he describes as ‘colourful’.

And although there are a couple of good tunes from every album there is just one track from the 2002 album Illumination.

Weller says: “Yeah, It’s Written In The Stars is the only one. Not exactly packed full of hits, that one, and not one of my favourite albums.

When faced with such a large back catalogue it always difficult for an artist to come up with their favourite. Weller says: “The album I’m working on now is always the one I’m fondest of, and I’ve got a new song that I’m really into.

“But I suppose 22 Dreams is my favourite, it’s got such a variety of styles on it and there’s such experimentation on it.”

“Half of it is done I guess, but I can’t do anymore till September when all the live dates are finished.

“After the festivals we’re touring America. Then that will be us till the end of the year, in the studio finishing the album.

“I want it done by Christmas because I want it out in spring next year. It’s early days but what I’ve got so far is great. It’s moving on from Sonik, more groove-based and funky, but still good melodies.

“I suppose it feels like an endless cycle but not in any way am I complaining about that. “The only ambition I’ve got now is to live a bit longer and do more of it.

Weller seems to be enjoying himself more these days and admits to being happy:

“It comes from getting older, realising a lot of stuff and having kids growing up around you.

“I am enjoying myself, especially in the last few years. It might be a few factors; finding the right person to fall in love with, having a greater sense of knowing myself and seeing all my good points and bad points and that sort of stuff.

“Generally I’m just more comfortable in my own skin.”

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