DYD: Has Desmond Tutu ever hit you guys up?
Desmond & the Tutus: Yes actually – well, “his office” sent us a really nice letter about a year or two ago. He seems like a pretty awesome guy.
DYD: How have you guys stayed such good friends in the band and also how do you manage the logistics of being located in different cities?
Desmond & the Tutus: It’s not too difficult, Shane and Craig are brothers and Nic and Doug are brothers-in-law, so it’s a family vibe and we really like each other so that helps too.
DYD: What do you like about performing live and do you have a specific song that you like to play?
Desmond & the Tutus: Performing live is what we’re all about – we started out focussing hard on building a live following so it’s what we’re best at. We all have our favourites, Tattoo, Kiss You on the Cheek and Zim Zala Bim are some of our favourites.
DYD: Where do you get your Halloween costume inspirations from? We’ve seen you in costumes ranging from The Parlotones to Ali G.
Desmond & the Tutus: They just come to us really, Parlotones was an easy decision but Ali G was a bit of a wild card but I think it worked out pretty well.
DYD: Do you guys have a favourite performance? Where was it and why is it a favourite?
Desmond & the Tutus: We loved Park Acoustics in September 2013, definitely a highlight for us. Otherwise any big shows that we’ve done in Japan and Stockholm are also up there.
DYD: Who are some of your favourite international artists and acts? We’ve heard the more obscure they are the better but personally we’re having a thing for the Tears for Fears again.
Desmond & the Tutus: Lately we’re really into Japandroids, Friendly Fires, the new (and all the old) Franz Ferdinand and St Lucia (big time!).