Apollo sent some questions to one of the world’s most renowned bassists Peter Hook, and he very kindly answered them for us. Hooky was in the extraordinary post-punk band Joy Division and then later on, New Order.
With the released of Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division and embarking on a world tour, 2013 has been quite a busy year for you. Do you feel that since 2010 it has been almost non-stop for you?
This year has been a busy one yes, and it’s about to get even busier! I think we’ve got over 50 gigs coming up between the start of September and Christmas, all over North and South America and Europe/the UK… it’s going to be a lot of fun but very tiring at my age! I am very busy these days but honestly I would not have it any other way, this is my life, playing live is what I love the most so I am really excited to get back out there. Having a lot of touring planned is actually a nice break from writing! I am currently in the middle of writing my third book which will be about New Order, it should come out in 2014. Since we started touring as The Light in 2010 it has been very full on but so rewarding, and it keeps me on my toes!
At the moment you on the tour with The Light performing New Order and Joy Division songs, how has it been going so far?
Well between May 2010 and the start of this year, we were only performing the Joy Division material, playing the records in full but also fleshing out the set with all the other tunes – it actually meant that we had played every single Joy Division song live once again! That’s something I’m really proud of, the lads in the band have done a fantastic job with it all. At the start of this year, we played New Order material for the first time, playing Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies the first two albums, and now that tour is about to properly start, which finds us coming back to Toronto once again. The initial gigs went really well, we played two sold out shows in Manchester and London, but I’ve really been looking forward to touring the set and getting really comfortable with it, and now it is all upon us and it’s going to be a great time.
It’s going back a bit now, but what is one of your fondest memories of Joy Division?
I look back on the entire period of Joy Division with extremely fond memories. It really was a wonderful thing to be involved in – there was a real sense of togetherness and camaraderie between everyone, not just the band but also our manager Rob Gretton, our label via Tony Wilson, and our producer Martin Hannett. It was a great feeling of us against the world and let’s go and take everybody on! It was also a very productive time in terms of the music, the band had such a great chemistry at that time and we wrote some fantastic songs which luckily have stood the test of time and still sound good today, which is nice. I will always have fond memories of Ian in particular, he was not only a great friend but a genius and a leader of men.
You started the Music Industry Management and Promotions program at the University of Central Lancashire last year, how is that going?
The degree programme at UCLAN is a really nice thing to be involved in. It gives the students not only the academic side of things in terms of classes and lectures but then crucially also offers them the opportunity to gain some hands on, real life experience in functioning clubs and venues all over the UK. That sort of experience is so important when it comes to getting a job these days that it is a really unique aspect of the programme. The students will come out of it with a balanced and full view of all aspects of the music industry.
Many thanks to Peter Hook and the FAC51 Press Office.
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