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Screaming Beautiful Songs: Q&A with British India

We 'twisted the melon'* of Declan Melia from British India who gave us some of his time while the group is on the road for their Midnight Homie tour. He told us about why his hometown encouraged him to create his own colours in the world, told us that he doesn't really give a toss about weekends (every day is a weekend when you're a groovy rock star) and shared the last thing that made him feel a little pissed off with the world.

*You'll have to read on to understand the strange 'twisted the melon' reference.

Image: supplied.

Declan: Hi Twenty Something Humans! Thank you all for coming. OK, let's do some questions. My soul is prepared...

Describe the British India vibe using three words.

Screaming. Beautiful. Songs.

Where are you most looking forward to visiting during your ‘Midnight Homie’ tour?

Newcastle baby! Prince of cities. Seriously, we've never had bad show. *Touches wood, throws salt over shoulder, clutches rabbits foot, says short but sincere prayer.*

In your opinion, what’s the most important song on your new album?

'Take Me With You' it's completely new territory for us, beautiful but still intense.

Talk us through your morning routine.

Wake up, check social media on phone next to bed. Four hours later I'm ready to get out of bed and face the day.

(Editors note: same tbh)

What’s your favourite thing about your hometown?

It's probably not my favourite thing but still oddly important. I like the fact that Melbourne isn't a very colourful city. Since there's nothing to look at, we have to create the colour for ourselves. It's also important that I can get vegetarian tacos at three in the morning. And I can here.

Image: Declan Melia, Vocals & Guitar, Nic Wilson, Lead Guitar, Will Drummond, Bass and Matt O’Gorman, Drums.

Other than through your music, how do you keep your creative tank filled to the brim?

I don't do anything actually! I know that this would sound like heresy to the writers of Frankie magazine but I don't think having a creative outlet is as important as people say. I like to read and study!

What makes up your ideal weekend?

I don't care about weekends, every day is the same to me. Music man! Whether you're sitting at home, out with buddies or just on the streets stealing luxury cars, the right playlist makes it all groovy.

What’s the last book that made you think?

Every book should make you think. The last one I read was The Underground Railway by Colson Whitehead.

…and the last thing that made you angry?

I have this bluetooth speaker that turns off if you don't play music for, like, ten seconds. So the record you're listening to will end and then you have to get up and turn the fucking thing back on! Man, it's like owning vinyl or something. It drives me mental!

…and the last film that made you cry?

Hahaha! It was Jasper Jones. There's a scene where the kid that everyone bullies wins the town cricket tournament and earns everyone's respect. I was on a plane and it really got to me. I'm a sucker.

Why are you friends better than our best friends?

My friends are in British India, how could they not be better?

Quickie Round

Early morning or late at night?

There's an early morning?

Couch and trackies or carving up the dance floor?

Carving up the dance floor.

A shot of tequila or a shot of coffee?

Mix them.

Fold or scrunch?


Wear socks and thongs for the rest of your life (even in your sleep and in the shower) or constantly have Twistie dust on your fingers?

What? No! I would rather die than either! Man, you're twisting my melon! That is NOT on!



Kate Neilson is the founding editor at Twenty Something Humans. She likes doing almost everything from the comfort of her own bed and feels awkward writing about herself in third person. Lurk her @katiepotatierose.

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