Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner defends infamous BRITs mic drop speech: “What else was I supposed to do?”

Singer says he didn't want to be "dishonest"

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has defended his infamous 2014 BRIT Awards speech, asking: “What else was I supposed to do?”

Collecting his band’s award for Best Album on the night, Turner used the acceptance speech to philosophise about the “cyclical nature of the universe” and how rock’n’roll will “never die”.

Turner ended the speech by saying “invoice me for the microphone if you need to,” before dropping the mic to the ground.

After previously denying that he was under the influence of drugs, Turner has now spoken about the speech in a new interview.

Questioned about the meanings of indie, punk and rock’n’roll, Turner said: “I think they all have a connection with instinct, those kinds of terms… More often that not, if you don’t trust those feelings you end up worse off. Gut feeling is what rock’n’roll, punk even, is all about.”

Asked about his BRITs speech, Turner then told Mojo: “I maintain that I didn’t really have another way around it. Another way of justifying getting up in that room. What else was I supposed to do? To go up there and pretend that I’d been dreaming about that moment since I was a kid would have been dishonest.”

Turner has previously claimed that his speech was a “victory for our music” and for all the “people in the room who’ve never heard the term rock’n’roll”.

Elsewhere in the interview, it is revealed that Arctic Monkeys’ new album was almost an Alex Turner solo record.

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