Radiohead’s Phil Selway: ‘It’s daunting being in a band with Thom Yorke!’

Drummer-turned-solo-star talks about songwriting process

Radiohead‘s Phil Selway has jokingly admitted that he finds it a touch daunting being bandmates with Thom Yorke now he’s a solo musician too.

The drummer is set to release his first solo album, ‘Familial’, on August 30 – and has told NME that it can be a bit of a tough prospect writing songs around the man he rates as one of the best songwriters in the business.

When asked if it was daunting being in a band with Yorke, Selway said, “Oh yeah, of course! I think he’s one of the best songwriters around, it’s a very high benchmark to have, a very high bar to have set for you. But everybody in the band has been very supportive [of my solo work].”

Despite rating Yorke so highly, Selway said he wasn’t tempted to ask him for advice when writing his own album.

“Not really,” he shrugged when asked if he sought some words of wisdom from Yorke. “I’m probably not the best person at taking advice…”

Read the full interview with Radiohead‘s Phil Selway in the issue of NME on UK newsstands now.