I feel like it has been forever since I listened to a Katy Kafe and blogged about it. Did I miss some? Did Rhonda cover some that I completely missed? No clue. Anyway, I’m happy to take some time out of my weekend to listen to Nick and Katy and reflect on their discussion here. As always, this is not a full transcription but more about what caught my attention. If you want to hear the whole thing for yourself and you know you do, I would head over to duranduranmusic.com! (Interestingly enough, according to Katy, these have been done since like 2002. Who has been listening since then??)
Nick expresses well what so many of us are thinking and feeling in that it is hard to see/hear about the lives who have been devastated by the virus; yet, he remains hopeful that we will get through this. He also recommends that everyone be as careful as they can. On a positive note, he acknowledges that we all have more time on our hands at home. Apparently, he has been working on some projects that he has not been able to get to before due to lack of time, including organizing photographs, the musical and other Duran projects. Two thoughts here. One, what Duran projects? I would love to know! Two, good for him to get things done. I wish I could say the same. I’m lucky if I get my work done for school.
Learned Something About Himself
Has Nick learned something about himself during this time? He found out that he has the patience to organize and catalog his photos. Within that, he discovered what tends to be the subjects of his photos more than others. On a totally different note, apparently he has been sleeping better. (I so wish I could say the same. My dreams are out of control and many of them are not pleasant.)
In what is news to me, Grace Jones was scheduled to appear with Duran at their Hyde Park show. The band thought it would have been interesting to do something with everyone on the bill but acknowledged that it might not be possible. They are looking at rescheduling everything for this year for next year, if that’s possible.
He is working on the musical with John, a Japanese film documentary that he needs to edit, a book of his photography (completed and will be coming out later this year!). He also spends part of his day creating things and writing. The members have talked about to finish the album as they do have a few songs that are complete and ready to mix. (They should feel free to share those as soon as possible!) He recommends that everyone should do something for themselves! (I agree.)
One Final Picture
If Nick could take only one more picture, what would the subject be? If he was at home, it would be a portrait of who is there. It might also be a flower from his garden. The moon is possible subject. (Fun fact-he would love to go to the moon someday!)
Cameo Appearance in a Hitchcock Film
(Kudos to the clever questions!) Nick mentioned the shower scene in Psycho or ringing the church bells in Vertigo among others or carrying drinks in Rope. Of course, he acknowledges that he should choose Notorious. Ha! I was glad to hear him mention the Birds. My older brother made me watch that as a young kid and I think it scarred me for life!
Does Nick have a cat? He regrets not having a cat but finds it hard to leave cats home alone and he is often traveling. (I feel awful when I have to leave mine!) The next one will be another Russian Blue like the one he had before or a more unique breed.
Which Band Member?
Which band member would he go see first once the restrictions are lifted? Simon and Roger both live pretty close to each other so he would flip a coin between them.
Of course, a question about the set list came up. He mentioned about how they have to find a balance between fan favorites and the big hits because they cannot play a lot of songs that only the diehards know. That said, fan only shows might allow for something like one track off of each album. (This could be a fun question to ask the fan community.)
Will there ever be a fashion show showing the history of Duran fashion? This would be a long process, Nick says, but they have been archiving material for about 9 or 10 years so far. Shocking to no one, Nick has the most clothes but John and Simon still have some of the more famous outfits. Obviously, he has no idea when a show like this would happen but there is a lot of interest out there, including from lots of galleries around the world. (I would definitely travel for this!)
So far, there is no plan to work with a female singer on this upcoming album even though there is interest on the band’s part. (Interesting.)
Don’t Look Back
Nick wishes the song, Don’t Look Back, would have been finished and released. According to him, this was a song done with Nile around the time of the Wild Boys. (Well, that sure caught my attention!) Reportage is mentioned and how Nick would like it out there one day once it is totally done, which would take about 3-4 weeks to clean it up. (So do all of us!)
Song to Redo
Nick doesn’t really think he would redo any song but would like to overhaul the Liberty album and do a “director’s cut” of it, especially since there are lots of extra tracks from that album. (That is an interesting idea and one that I think many people would welcome.)
Overall, this Kafe was great! I give a lot of props to the fans who sent in such awesome questions and there were many. I did not cover all of them by far! On top of that, I appreciate how forthcoming Nick was with his answers. This is definitely one that should be listened to.