Enter Shikari is one of the most unstoppable rock bands in existence. Yes, that’s a large statement but this isn’t fake news. Since their formation in 2003, the English lads have been all over the world, inspired fans young and old, and have created one of the most eclectic discography’s on this planet. Their latest album ‘Nothing is True & Everything is Possible‘ showcases their musicality at its finest. Known for their philanthropy and dedication to meaningful causes, it only makes sense to have these musical attendants of a higher power highlighted in our Quarantunes Playlist Series.
Drummer Rob Rolfe was nice enough to answer our questions and curated a playlist that’ll be blasting through your airwaves for months to come.
HOW IS QUARANTINE LIFE?
Rob Rolfe: It is going just fine for me thank you. Obviously it is a difficult time for the globe right now but on a personal level, I am using the opportunity to work on my own developments. I am spending a lot of time drumming and a lot of time with my wife and dog. Our back garden and vegetable garden have never looked better. In light of current situations un-COVID19 related – specifically the unrest in the US – I am taking the time to educate myself and give support to an important fight for equality. I am missing touring but recognize the need for social distance is far greater and if anything understands how, on an ideological level, the pandemic is uniting the world against a common threat.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO KEEP YOURSELF OCCUPIED AT HOME?
Rob: Well, as I mentioned before I am drumming a lot, taking myself back to basics and working on my technique which is something I haven’t had the patience to do in the past. My vegetable garden should give me a good yield of crops this year. We have had some lovely warm weather which we have enjoyed but that also means the plants need more watering. I have spent a lot of time being sure to keep in touch with my family and friends, there have been a lot of video calls. For some reason quizzes seem to have played a very large part of lockdown, it seems like there is one every night. I guess it is just something easy and fun to do with loved ones where you don’t need to be in the same room but still have that connection and shared experience.
WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST?
Rob: Spending time with my family and going to see my wife’s family in Texas. We have really learned the value of loved ones and the time we get to spend with them. I’m looking forward to cooking a meal for my parents and listen to their thoughts on the world. I’m looking forward to bringing my wife’s family small gifts from the UK, enjoying the Texan weather and slow pace of life, drinking margaritas next to a refreshing river.
LET US KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PLAYLIST YOU’VE COMPILED FOR US!
Rob: These are all songs that make me feel. Sometimes I’m not sure what it is that I’m feeling but I definitely feel something. They are songs I could listen to on headphones whilst looking out the window of a car and watching the world go by. They will give me a sense of calm clarity and warmth and that everything will be OK. Sometimes I may feel sadness from them but it will be kind of a hopeful sadness, the kind of sadness that brings resolve and strength with it. I have tried to include a range of different genres but all give me the same sensations just from a different angle. I hope you enjoy them!