Steve Smith talks about the band’s resurrection and upcoming appearance in Dubai. You should be very excited
OK, first off: why should our readers be excited by your Dubai gig? Well, this show in Dubai will be the first time that we have all played there together. So we’re hoping to make it a special event.What form will the gig take? The show consists of all three of us playing records that we are into right now, as well as some of our new tracks from the new album. And maybe a few surprises!
It’s been eight years since the band first came together. Did it seem like a long-term thing from the start? It was like when you start dating a new person – who knows where it will end?
You also made appearances on big US chat shows like Letterman. Any tales of green room debauchery or Hollywood trauma? No – we are very well-behaved boys and don’t do anything naughty ever!
In 2005, it looked like curtains for the band. What brought about the end of that phase of Dirty Vegas? Record company politics, basically. We all felt a little suffocated from the whole thing.
How amicable was the split? We were all friends before the whole thing started, so to keep that friendship we decided to let each other venture off and try things. We never thought it was final.
Tell us about your solo work. We all have a common love of electronic music, but music is like food: you can’t eat sushi every day. And, similarly, we all like to try different things, musically. Paul has been writing for Kylie and Ladyhawke as well as making his own house music; Ben has been concentrating on his studio and production work, and I released a solo album and did some film scores.
Has your time apart brought anything new to the collective? The break gave us all a chance to relight the fire of our interest in writing tracks for Dirty Vegas again. And life ticks on and we all get older and wiser, so I guess we are now writing about things from a more knowledgeable point of view.
How has your sound changed? The last five years in music have been pretty exciting and our lives have changed too, so this is all feeding a new body of work from the band. All I can say is that we came together through playing in clubs and our sound has gone back to that.
What else does Dirty Vegas have left to achieve? Another Grammy would be nice, but making a record that brings our fans out to shows is just as good. It’s just nice to be planning shows again!