Young Fathers: “I’d love to have any kind of understanding of what the press want, really”

In the new issue of DIY, the Scottish group discuss their Mercury Prize win and the decision to make a quick return.

In the April 2015 issue of DIY (out Friday 27th March), Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers address their desire to move on quickly with new album ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’.

Speaking to Jamie Milton, the Scottish trio claim “we’ve made the record that we’ve been talking about making since we started.”

The trio also speak out against criticisms received during the Mercury Prize, when they refused to talk to certain publications.

“We’ve had that stance for years, but obviously the Mercury’s highlighted it,” explains Graham ‘G’ Hastings. Kayus Bankole adds that these publications never cared about not getting time, prior to the ceremony. “We’ve told them before and it’s like, ‘Alright, cool.’ But they’re in this position where they’ll be looked bad upon if they don’t actually cover us.”

“I’d love to have any kind of understanding of what the press want, really,” says Hastings. “When we went into that room, we were straight-faced, but we answered every question. We gave them enough information. Fucking good answers. They never used none of it. They made it look like we never fucking spoke. To my understanding, there was something to talk about there. We talked about fucking everything.”

Read the full interview in the April 2015 issue of DIY. ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ is out 6th April on Big Dada. Young Fathers play Latitude (16th-19th July), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit for more information.

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