09 June 2016

Jocks&Nerds Magazine: Richard Ashcroft

On the release of These People, his first solo album in six years, Richard Ashcroft discusses digital versus analogue, insanity and psychedelia, and making music in his basement.

For the story, Ashcroft was styled by Mark Anthony Bradley, interviewed by Andy Thomas, and shot by Dean Chalkley.

“Richard has always stood up for what he believes in and always has something to say," says Chalkley. "Sometimes it can be about the state of the world or it can be much more internal. Richard is unflinching and can express what we all feel."

“I first met Richard at Metropolis Studios, Chiswick around 2000. It was my first shoot for the NME actually. Since, I’ve photographed him several times. In 2007, I toured with The Verve before the release of their album Forth. The shoot for Jocks was on the banks of the Thames, west London. It was one of those magical days… Richard is an extraordinary man. It’s an honour to know and work with him.”