THE former frontman of one of Scotland’s most famous bands has told the Mail he is getting used to being alone ahead of his latest solo UK tour.
Justin Currie found fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s as lead singer of Del Amitri.
Last week he released new solo album Lower Reaches which was recorded in Austin, Texas through Currie’s own record label.
He may have found fame as part of a band but Currie said he is now enjoying solo life.
He said: “At first I really missed being in a band but I am getting a lot more used to performing on my own.
“There are lots of advantages to being solo – it is a lot more flexible and you can change what you are doing in the middle of a show.
“But I do miss the creative input and camaraderie of being in a band.”
He told the Mail the new album was his first solo record with a producer on hand.
“It was a first for me,” he said. “I have been producing my own albums for about 20 years so it was a very odd experience being back in the studio with a producer doing 30 to 40 takes.
“It reminded me of being young again. Mike (producer Mike McCarthy) works in a different way.
“He likes to get as much down live as possible and I just went with it.
“I really like the final product so I’m glad I bit the bullet and did it as he wanted.”
Currie will be hitting the road for a UK tour next month and he admitted he will have to play a few classics to please the fans.
He said: “I always play lots of Del Amitri stuff and usually just play whatever people want.
“I’ve never really gone out and played a set with 10 songs from a new album – that’s not my style.
“The good thing about playing on my own is that I can play for longer.”
Currie added that a Del Amitri reunion was still possible, although new material was not.
He said: “I don’t think we can record again but I can see us doing some shows again.
“I think about it occasionally. It’s one of those things that if someone offered you something you would never say never but we are not in a mad rush.”
Justin Currie performs on Saturday, September 7 at Wolverhampton Wulfren Hall. See the venue for tickets.