Who are Enter Shikari’s fans?

When did you both get into Enter Shikari?
Yelena:
“About 10 months ago for me! Quite recent.”
Toju:
“Since I was about 13 or so. A friend gave me a massive stack of albums, which I was very blessed to receive. This got me into metal as a kid, and one of them was Enter Shikari’s [2007 debut] Take To The Skies.”
Yelena:
“Toju introduced them to me; we’re in a band together so he’s been showing me loads of different artists I’ve never come across before. We’re called Third Kulture!”
Toju:
“Enter Shikari have been a big influence to us to be honest, especially me as the guitarist.”

What is it about Shikari that’s kept you listening to them?
Toju:
“They’ve stayed true to themselves, that’s what inspired me as a musician. To span different genres, even deviating from what’s popular at the time, they’ve always stuck to being themselves.”
Yelena:
“The fusion of different vibes, incorporating dance music is great. I come more from that world so for them to blend the two is so sick to see, and a great way of getting into heavier music for me.”

What other music do you both like?
Toju:
“I love a bunch: hip-hop, grime, afrobeat, a big mixture. But mainly metal and hip-hop.”
Yelena:
“I’m more of an electronic babe myself: funky house, afro house and all the different sectors that come off them. I grew up listening to a lot of R&B and soulful music, so that too. Metal is very much a new direction.”

What do you think about the argument that politics should be removed from music?
Toju:
“Absolutely not, I want to swear but I won’t. No. Definitely not. That’s part of what inspires a lot of music and life is political. Music is life. Art should be political.”
Yelena:
“Yeah, I just feel like there’s a time and place for everything. You’re going to have the political realms, the pop and commercial world, distraction realms and whatnot. I don’t really see it as an argument. Just let people choose what they want to make and choose what they want to listen to.”

Tell us about what you’re both wearing!
Yelena:
“I’ve got this synthetic wig from my local Asian shop. I’ve got an adidas jacket. How much detail do you want? I’m going with the double denim – a corset-type top, denim mini skirt. Fishnets because you know, sexy, and I’m in the metal scene. Then my amazing new Dr. Martens, which are literally my favourite boots.”
Toju:
“I’ve got Third Kulture merch on! Wearing my own merch! Got my battle jacket, Enter Shikari are on here somewhere. Then some ripped skinnies and some Docs, of course!”

Enter Shikari play the OVO Arena Wembley on February 17 and Download Festival this June – get your tickets now

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