The 5-minute Interview: Ross Godfrey, Musician

'I think I'm borderline narcoleptic. I love sleeping, even when I'm nervous'
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Ross Godfrey, 31, is one half of Morcheeba, the trip-hop duo formed in the mid-1990s. They have sold more than six million albums and their sixth release, 'Dive Deep', is out on Monday.

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

Reading a film script. I've got about three or four that people have sent me. I want to do music for film and now I'm looking for a good one. Or I'd be on eBay looking for a 1970s Fender Telecaster.

A phrase I use far too often ...

"That's really weird". I have no tolerance of weirdness.

I wish people would take more notice of ...

The fish that are disappearing. Everybody is worried about global warming and things like that but I'm more worried about there being no fish in the sea. I'm sure we're going to miss them.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was ...

Hearing Terry Wogan play our single on Radio 2. That was pretty surprising.

A common misperception of me is ...

That I just listen to mellow trip-hop music all day long. That's not true. I listen to The Stooges and Aphex Twin and lots of Jimi Hendrix as well.

I am not a politician but ...

If I were, I would encourage everyone to have tea and biscuits.

I'm good at ...

Navigating. If I go to a city for the first time, I can walk all the way round it and find my way back. My father was a navigator pilot and I don't know if I get it from him.

I'm very bad at ...

DIY. I briefly electrocuted myself trying to unplug a bathroom fan.

The ideal night out is ...

I don't really go clubbing or anything. So probably going to the cinema to see a cheesy movie. I'll go and see the worst film on and buy chips on the way home.

In weak moments I ...

Have a quick nap. I think I'm borderline narcoleptic. I love sleeping. I sleep when I'm nervous as well.

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

Probably an amateur musician. I don't know how to do anything else. I've only ever had one job. I worked in a fish-and-chip shop for a week but I got fired because I gave all my friends free fish and chips.

The best age to be is ...

Twenty-eight – because you've survived 27, which is apparently the average age that most rock stars die. You're on the Keith Richards side of the fence.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this ...

"Hell bent on compromise". It's an Edwyn Collins album. That's a great philosophy.

Sarah Morgan

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