Ben Watt talks to Nick Duerden about three decades in music and returning to his roots.
"You plod on, basically. You plod on.” Ben Watt says this matter-of-factly, in his slight, slightly impatient voice, and accompanies it with a shrug and a sort of half-smile. We’ve been discussing his longevity in the music industry, and this is his way of accounting for his three-decade career, first as a solo folk artist, then with Tracey Thorn, the woman who would later become his wife, as part of Everything But the Girl, and then as a DJ with a penchant for deep house. There have also been diversions along the way, including a near-fatal illness that resulted in the 1996 memoir Patient; running underground dance labels; and parenthood, for which both he and Thorn took an extended period of time out.
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