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5 Minutes With … Coldplay’s Will Champion

English musician, Will Champion

Will Champion, English musician

We Are Daytrippers proudly features the Rock Star drummer and dad, Will Champion. The 5 Minutes With section is about highlighting proper role models, mentors and creatives. We believe Will fits each category. He happens to also be a neighbour of Brook Morrison from the Daytrippers Team. The last time Brook had a brief conversation with Will, she was at a party hosted by Superman Brian Eno. Will was telling her about the types of people who pop into Brian’s regularly organised singing group (to which his lovely wife belongs): “Yeah, you never know who will show up. Paul McCartney was there once.” Brook thought it was humble and cool of him to be part of this incredibly well-known band, yet still show enthusiasm about other rock stars and seem so human. This year Brian and Will worked together on an album with Karl Hyde called Someday World, and he spent the summer on the world tour with Coldplay. Sure, he is a busy and talented musician, but we get the sense his real love is time spent with family.

The Daytrippers Team:  Who was your role model as a child?

Will Champion:  My role model as a child was probably my Dad.  An obvious choice but together with my Mum they made me feel as though anything I wished to know, they could help me to find out. We were surrounded by books and music in our house and it was a fantastic environment to grow up in.

The Daytrippers Team:  Do you have a role model or mentor today?

Will Champion:  We have been so lucky to work with some of our heroes and people from whom we have so much to learn.  Working with Brian Eno was a fantastic experience as he has produced some of the most wonderful music in my lifetime.  As a mentor, he inspired us to not be afraid of experimenting and expressing ourselves in new and unexpected ways.

The Daytrippers Team:  What is your creative talent and how do you cultivate it?

Will Champion:  I play music for a living which for me is a dream come true.  I grew up playing instruments in a house filled with music.  I was lucky enough to meet a group of like-minded people at university and have not done anything else since!

The Daytrippers Team: Do you have any experience working with disabled people?

Will Champion:  I have seen the benefits that music and creativity can have on everyone, not least those with disabilities.  It is an outlet that everyone can use, you don’t need training or proficiency for it to be fun and ultimately, music brings people together.

The Daytrippers Team: What motivates or inspires you to be creative?

Will Champion:  Working in music allows me to say and do things that wouldn’t be able to do in any other way.  It helped me find a ‘voice’ through which I could understand and communicate things and now it allows me to help other people, make people happy (or sad!!) and to create something that will be around long after I have gone.  I owe my whole life to music.

The Daytrippers Team:  Thank you so much Will.

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Oh yeah, and check this out:  He sings too – we found this footage:

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5 Minutes With … Frank Turner

English singer-songwriter Frank Turner.

English singer-songwriter Frank Turner.

When you are listed as best live act and hardest working artist from the Association of Independent Music while also consistently selling out live shows around the world, you are the wildly successful musician Frank Turner.

Brook received an e-mail in her inbox from Frank that said “my friend Shaun Buswell sent me 6 questions to answer for you.  See below.”  Thanks to Shaun, we can get to know Frank in our 5 Minutes With section with and about role models, mentors and creatives.


5 Minutes with Frank Turner:

The Daytrippers Team:  Did you have a role model or mentor as a child? 

Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn of Black Flag

Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn of Black Flag

Frank Turner:  My role model as a child was probably Henry Rollins.  I loved the fact that he sang with Black Flag, but also his writing and speaking in more recent years have been very inspiring to me.

The Daytrippers Team:  Who is currently your role model or mentor?


Songwriter and guitarist Bruce Springsteen

Frank Turner:  I have a lot of respect for Springsteen and spend a lot of time thinking about how he’s gone about his music and his business.

The Daytrippers Team:  What is your creative talent and how did you cultivate it?

Frank Turner:  I write and perform songs.  I have spent the last 20 years playing guitar, writing, singing and playing shows around the world.

The Daytrippers Team:  Have you had any experience with disabled people?

Frank Turner:  Sure, I have some disabled friends.  My friend Howard runs a charity called Able2UK who work on disabled access for concert venues in the UK and I’ve done a fair amount of work with them.

The Daytrippers Team:  What motivates or inspires you to be creative?

Frank Turner:  Other songwriters who are better than me – from the old greats like Townes Van Zandt through to new singers and friends like Will Varley.  There’s always room to get better.

The Daytrippers Team:  Do you have an experience where something negative happened to you, yet you persevered?  

Frank Turner:  Uh, overcoming challenges, well, there’s been a few.  Depends what level you want to look at it.  When my old hardcore band, Million Dead, broke up, I decided to play a totally different style of music, and went from pulling 800 people for a London show down to 2 people at my first solo gig in the capital.  It took a very long time to turn that around, through constant touring.

The Daytrippers Team:  Do you believe that experience made you a more resilient person?

Frank Turner:  Much more so.

The Daytrippers Team:   Thank you for your contribution, Frank!


Fans waiting for Frank at a sold out show.

Follow Frank on Twitter:  @FrankTurner

See him in concert: http://www.frank-turner.com/live-gigs/

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