"David Gedge" is an English musician and songwriter.

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I think I'm a better singer than I used to be. When we started I didn't see vocals as that important, it was just another instrument. I've changed my mind about that now.

That one ('Shaft') really split the audience. A lot of people didn't like that a white English band was doing a Southern soul classic. But that was part of the beauty of it. . . . I've always looked to American bands and music for inspiration. Then we put our take on it.

I just listen to what people say, absorb it and then regurgitate it later. I'm very nosy, I think.

He (Peel) was a wonderful person. He was a genuinely nice person, which is rare in this business. He was a true music fan in a business where most DJs are mainly fans of themselves. I was so in awe of him when we first met. I grew up listening to him and I had so much respect for him. We played his 50th birthday party - and his 60th. I still got nervous playing in front him. He was John Peel.

Next time we visit Florida, bring a few friends with you.