The indie electronic trio we all love is coming back to the East. The xx is launching their I See You Asia tour this January to February 2018. They will be taking part in a headline run through Mainland China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and of course, the Philippines. —by Rogin Warhol, art by Sheila Renei Gomez
Of course we’re all ecstatic to hear their heightened dream pop sound in our shores! Although, next year is still a few months away, we got a chance to have a little chat with their mastermind himself — Jamie xx. We talked about his life on tour, getting sick, and what he looks forward to in Asia. This is our long distance, literal pillow talk.
STATUS: Could I ask what were you doing before this?
JAMIE XX: I was having an afternoon nap [chuckle]
S: Oh [laughing] I’m sorry. I was having well, I was having my nap as well but it’s more of a sleep. It’s morning here [laughing] so my voice is a bit harsh too. So how have you been? They told me you were sick.
J: I’ve been okay. It’s been a long tour so I’m exhausted but it’s so fun. Got two more shows. One this evening and one the day after tomorrow and then we’re done for a little bit.
S: That’s cool! So yeah, speaking of tour, you’ve been touring for almost a year now. What city in the tour that made you feel most like at home?
J: Well, I mean the great thing about tour is that everywhere has something different to offer but nowhere feels like home. And i’m so anxious when I get home, that I’m very eager to get back on the road and see new things.
It’s very rare that I feel that I’m at home when I’m on tour. There’s still some great spots though.
S: Well, is there any place in the tour, city in the tour that you liked the most?
J: I always like going to Atlanta —well so many places. Miami was great fun, there was a great festival there called III Points which friends of mine started, it’s wicked.
Austin is always a good time. They have their own scene and it’s like they’re in their own little bubble, it’s exciting. LA was great. We did a show at The Forum which was, we went to see Fleetwood Mac there years before when we were recording there so to be able to play there after was quite cool.
S: Speaking of recording, what do you prefer the most, touring or making new stuff?
J: A little bit of both, I think. When we’re in the studio for too long, we get desperate to be on the road. And when we’re on the road, we really crave to be creative. They both sort of drive each other.
S: You’ve been touring for almost a year now. Any crazy tour stories for us to know?
J: [Laughing] Well, there’s nothing I’d want to tell. I mean crazy tour stories—anything that’s too crazy, I’m not going to tell. I’ll keep it to myself.
S: Well, when you have the time to roam around the city, what’s the first thing you look forward to or what’s the first thing you do?
J: When it’s a sunny day, I’ll get on my skateboard and just go around. I’d try to find record shops because they’re usually in interesting places and have people in them that will know things about music.
S: Okay so, what’s the most interesting record shop you’ve ever been to? Like what’s the best and weirdest one?
J: Hmm… I guess in Tokyo was the best record shop I’ve ever gone. Because it feels like you come across these stores which are like three storeys above the ground and in a tiny little room that’s barely hidden away. And there’s all these amazing records that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere but the internet. And it feels, kind of magical.
S: What’s one song in I See You that you’ll perform nonstop if you could?
J: Well, there’s a song that we haven’t performed yet but i’d really like to perform. Which was actually released after I See You called Seasons Run. That’s one of my favorite songs we’ve ever made. I’d love to play that a lot.
S: Are you planning to soon?
J: Yeah, when we get back on the road. I’m going to make sure that happens.
S: Nice! So you’re coming here to Southeast Asia real soon. What’s a city that you’re excited to visit?
J: Everywhere. I’ve always enjoyed going over that side of the world just because it feels so different here from where we normally get to go. The crowd is always amazing and we always feel very appreciated. So I couldn’t really pick one place.
S: What’s so different about touring here and touring over, you know, across the Atlantic?
J: It’s the little things. I feel like everybody appreciates when you come over that side of the world. Maybe because the long trip and I guess not so many bands come that way so often. So you feel very welcome whenever you come over there.
S: So how was your first time here in Manila?
J: Oh it was wild. It was one of the loudest crowd we’ve ever had. And then we did a little after party—
J: —with my friend who runs a club there and it was wicked too. A good time.
S: So, what can Manila expect from the trio apart from the new tracks?
J: Well we’re going to have to work on new stuff for the new show. So, we’re taking some time off and get back right. And there’ll be some dancing, and some slow bits, it should be pretty big!
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TOUR DATES FOR I SEE YOU ASIA TOUR
Tue 23 Jan – JIEXPO – Jiexpo Kemayoran, Hall B3 – Jakarta, Indonesia
Thur 25 Jan – MITEC – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thur 01 Feb – AsiaWorld-expo (halls 5 & 7) – Hong Kong, China
Mon 05 Feb – NTU Sports Arena – Taipei National Taiwan University Sports Center 台大綜合體育館 – Taipei, Taiwan
Wed 07 Feb – WTC Manila – World Trade Center Manila – Manila, Philippines
Fri 09 Feb – Zepp Bayside – Osaka, Japan
Sun 11 Feb – Makuhari Messe Event Hall – Makuhari Event Hall – Tokyo, Japan
Tickets are available at thexx.info/tour