Richard Hawley: ‘My only ambition was to avoid flipping burgers’

Singer says he's never ben fussed about chart success

Richard Hawley has said that his only ambition in his music career was to “avoid flipping burgers”.

The singer’s latest studio album, ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’, debuted at Number Three in the Official UK Album Chart last month, but he told Shortlist magazine that he was happy to live in a separate “bubble” away from the mainstream.

Asked about his chart success, he replied: “Well, the chart thing is fucking mental so I presume people are digging what I do. But I can’t really feel anything else yet. I live in a bubble anyway and that’s for a good reason. It keeps you real and keeps you sane.”


Hawley, who also said he’d “never, ever been interested in fashion or being fashionable”, added:

I would have been content just playing the music I loved in clubs and pubs. My only real ambition was to avoid flipping burgers or ending up in the steelworks.

Hawley previously told NME that ‘Standing At The Sky’s Edge’ was a metaphor for the state of modern Britain, stating that: “The government are using the recession to force through politics that will put us back 125 years of history.”

You can watch the video for ‘You Haunt Me’, the B-side to his recent Record Store Day release ‘Leave Your Body Behind’, by clicking below.

Hawley is due to headline the closing night of the brand new No Direction Home Festival tomorrow evening (June 10). Other acts who have already played at the bash, which is taking place at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire and is the sister festival of End Of The Road Festival, include The Low Anthem and Django Django.

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