The 5-minute Interview: Isaac Slade, Singer

'People think a band are dull if they don't party and pick up girls'
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Isaac Slade, 26, fronts The Fray, a four-piece Colorado band whose single, 'HowTo Save A Life', entered the British top five in February. Their album of the same name has since gone platinum and the band start their UK tour in Glasgow next month. Their new single, 'All At Once', was released this week

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

On my way to Heathrow. On the way in, we had a long wait because there was no place for my plane to fit. I think the airport needs to expand but it's important to take care of the environment and offset our emissions.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Kids. When I was a kid, I remember thinking that nobody understood me. Kids are often a lot smarter than we think.

A phrase I use too often...

"Totally killer" and "hey, what's going on?".

A common misperception of me is...

People have this view that if a band don't party hard and pick up lots of girls they're dull, but that's not true. We all have the most amazing lives.

The most surprising thing that happened to me...

Was going to countries where people didn't speak English but knew the words to our songs. It was so cool. I felt connected with all these people I couldn't connect with in any other way.

I am not a politician but if I were...

I would give more money to musical education and try to increase funding for the homeless in Denver, my home town.

I'm good at...

Producing. I have a film production company. I like bringing together people with different skills and getting them to work together on one project.

I'm very bad at...

Estimating time. I'm always late.

The ideal night out is...

Three friends in a really quiet bar with a live jazz trio. Not new stuff, older stuff like Dave Brubeck.

You know me as a musician but in truer life I'd have been...

Making movies. I've only ever made short films. I'd love to make full-length features.

In weak moments I...

Think about when it's going to be over.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is...

We'll never be totally happy with what we've got but we can do our best.

Alice-Azania Jarvis

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