13 May 1993

London Student

London Student, UK

"The thing about Verve is we can go in any direction we like, we write to satisfy ourselves, and we'll never satisfy ourselves, but we strive for that and that's what makes cool music."

"I strongly believe that music is an escapist form. I don't want reality rammed down my throat, I want something that's gonna take me somewhere else."

So you're a bit of a hippy then? 

"No, the hippy movement was too idealistic, it never works because this world's shit. I'm fully aware that insane, macabre, horrible things are going on - I'm a news junkie. I'm not fool enough to believe that because I'm doing okay, I can shut off. At heart I'm a realist who wants to be an escapist." - RICHARD ASHCROFT