Hercules And Love Affair: ‘I don’t want stars like Antony Hegarty and Kele Okereke on next record’

Andy Butler tells NME he's already written six tracks for 'Blue Songs' follow-up

Hercules And Love Affair mainman Andy Butler says he has no interest in pulling in a guest star for their next record.

The DJ, who previously worked with Antony And The Johnsons’ Antony Hegarty on the track ‘Blind’ on their 2008 self-titled debut and Kele Okereke from Bloc Party on this year’s follow-up ‘Blue Songs’, said he has ruled out a guest spot on their third LP because they can never tour with his band.

He said:

With Antony he was just blowing up to the point where he became unavailable. We couldn’t tour with him and he had a huge fucking life in front of him. Getting him on the record was one thing and having him play with us was another. So it’s not very interesting to me to have a star on the record because they can’t be with us. It was the same with Kele, he only got to do three or four shows with us. I’m more interested in working with young people entering into the industry now.

Butler said he has already written six tracks which could make it onto the next record. He added:

I’m writing everything from dark dubstep to anthemic house tracks. I’ve got two really poppy songs at the moment – ‘Sleep Away’ which sounds like [Rhythim Is Rhythim‘s] ‘Strings Of Life’ and ‘True Love’ which sounds like Robin S.