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Will Young interview: 'I'm excited to write new album'

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In case you weren't already aware, we were rather taken with Will Young's latest album Echoes when it came out last year.

Fortunately, the singer has assured us that there is plenty of life left in the chart-topping record yet. We caught up with him to talk about his latest single 'Losing Myself', his plans to write a book and what he has in store for his next LP.

A lot of people seem to be liking your new single 'Losing Myself'...
"Have you seen the video? I'm really pleased with it. I think it's really cool. I think he's a really good director, Henry Schofield. He's actually just coming into his own. He did that Professor Green one ('Read All About It') which is a very different kind of video."

It's a lovely video.
"I think he's really interesting. It also makes me look like I'm in a boyband, which I'd quite like. Did you notice all the guys were a lot younger than me?"

Were you pleased with the choice of single?
"You get to this point where you know it's not going to be a raging number one. It's a different sort of thing now. I just love all the songs so I don't really... I've never really had this before but I'd want every single one to be a single. Maybe bar like two that definitely aren't singles. So I have sort of left it to the record company."

It's always nice to be in that position.
"I want to do another single. I'm going to do one more."

A lot of people seem to be keen on 'Silent Valentine'; is that a contender?
"That was what I thought could have been third single but obviously it wasn't in the end. I was really pleased with the response to it after singing it on Graham Norton. I don't know, I don't know how it works."

So the album's not done yet?
"I don't think so. I think one more single. One more then I'm out. I want to start writing again. I actually met up with Kish Mauve the other day and we got really excited about writing a record."

You've got a new B-side 'Believe' on the new single; is there much unreleased material from the album?
"There's not masses more. I used to write s**t-loads of drivel and throw it away. I think I've edited it down. It's literally just Pascal, Richard and Kish Mauve. I don't think there is masses more but I'm looking forward to going back. I feel like it's just the beginning really. Maybe it'll be a bit more soul-ey next time. I wouldn't mind going a bit more soul. Cut to me in a tunic doing a classical 16th century Bard album."

Why not?!
"That actually could be quite good. I think secretly I just want to wear a tunic. And to just dance around with sort of pan pipes. Accept me for what I am. A druid. A pop druid!"

So you're going to continue with the dancier sound? When we last saw you, you told us you were talking about doing a classical album.
"That's a different thing - that's more like a project. That wouldn't be like the big main album. I'm trying to get my head around that at the moment."

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It's tricky one to negotiate. If you're not careful it can sound a bit Casio keyboard...
"I think it could be... I need to find the producer for that, that's the key for it. It's sort of turning into something. I know what will happen, I'll start it and it'll probably end up being the next friggin' album. It will start as this little project and it'll become something experimental."

You've been known to take long breaks between albums.
"I think it'll be a long time. If I'm doing some theatre, which I still don't know, then that would take me at least to the middle of next year. I want to do a bit of writing. But then I probably won't have the time. I'm doing a book as well. That's probably going to take up most of my time.

Fiction or a novel?
"No, no it's all about me! It's not like a biog like 'when I was 4 I fell off a table' - it's more, sort of, funny stories, I guess. And sad stories. I'm quite enjoying it. It's just a really silly, funny job. Lots of very funny things happen."

Are you writing it with other people or do you just sit in a room by yourself?
"No I just sit by myself, Probably not good for me 'cos I like my own company anyway."

Have you become a bit of a recluse?
"I did worry about that. Me the recluse - me and the dog - both reclused somewhere. Writing. Lots of funny things happen, like the other day I did a TV show and my introduction to begin with was, 'it's been 10 years since he won Pop Idol but it hasn't been all plain sailing - he also gets depression...here's Will Young'. That was my introduction! That's f**king hysterical."

What programme was that on?
"I probably shouldn't say. But I changed it. I don't mind talking about depression even if it is a bit of a down subject. But it's probably not the best intro before I'm singing a song. It was so funny."

You've been talking about gay marriage on TV a lot recently. Is it a subject you feel particularly passionate about?
"I know all about it. God I know all about it! I know all the articles. I know European Law. I'm completely down with it. I didn't think about gay marriage that much but now I'm reading what all these heathens are saying and now I'm actually quite activist about it! Now I'm quite riled about it. If you see me talking about it on television and I have a sweaty top lip or armpits then you know it's going really badly.

You can get botox under your arms to stop that now.
"I tried it. I tried it twice. It doesn't work!"

Will Young's new single 'Losing Myself' is out now. Watch the official music video below:

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