PJ Harvey throws out majority of songs

Sep 08 2011 by
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PJ Harvey throws out 75 per cent of the songs she writes, as she is conscious of repeating his earlier work.

PJ Harvey throws out 75 per cent of the songs she writes.

The ‘Written on the Forehead’ singer – who became the first artist to win the Mercury prize for the second time earlier this week, for her eighth album ‘Let England Shake’ – rejects a lot of the material she initially writes, to avoid repeating herself.

She told The Times newspaper: “I could too easily write the same record again and again, so if I realise a song is similar to something I’ve already done, I throw it out.

“It gets harder as I get older because I have to write a lot more material and end up throwing out seventy five percent of it.

“It’s hard to not do what comes naturally. But you have to challenge yourself.”

PJ -full name Polly Jean Harvey – wrote ‘Let England Shake’ about war and conflict around the world and through history, and while she spent a great deal of time researching it and over two years writing the lyrics, she didn’t rely on the internet.

She added: “I use the internet very, very rarely, and then only for some specific piece of research. It’s too much information for me. I’d rather work with a limited amount of material and allow myself to explore that than be saturated with things that would dissipate my concentration.”

‘Let England Shake’ is out now.

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