Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker says he’s going back to songwriting for awhile. For the last few years, Cocker has been working as a DJ for BBC 6Music, as well as being the editor-at-large for the publisher, Faber. Now, he says he’s taking a break from radio to concentrate on his original music for the rest of the year.
Cocker says he’s taking a break from radio because songwriting has always been his main means of self-expression and that he wants to find out whether he has “got any interesting songs left to write.” He added that he’s 110% committed to writing music for the rest of the year.
The announcement comes on the heels of Pulp’s latest reunion tour in which the band has headlined festivals around the world and gone on massive world reunion tours, starting in 2011. Cocker says the reunion was a success because the band came into it with a lot of energy and had had the time to distance themselves from the music they had written and performed years ago.
“It was quite good because we had some distance from the songs and we weren’t trying to flog them to people. We spent a lot of time standing in horrible dirty rooms with no heating trying to write songs, flailing around in the dark basically, and somehow in that process we wrote some stuff that still sounds all right. So it was good to realize that we hadn’t wasted all our youth – that we’d done something that had a bit of life and energy in it.”
Cocker has also dabbled in filmmaking recently, with a documentary about Pulp’s reunion getting ready to make its debut. The documentary covers the last day of the 2011-2012 tour, where Pulp is getting ready to play a show in the band members’ hometown at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. That documentary will premiere June 7th in Sheffield, and undoubtedly get a more widespread release later on.