As The xx gear up to tour their new album, I See You, Oliver Sim reflects on a new version of himself
It was during The xx’s residency at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in March 2014 that Oliver Sim found out what stardom really looks like. “Those shows were crazy,” he says of their 25 performances at the former military headquarters on the Upper East Side. “The response we got, the people who came, the whole experience was mind-blowing.” Each night - at an event more like an art installation than a gig - the band performed encircled by an audience of just 40 people, who watched them play in complete silence. On the last night, A-list attendees included Jay Z, Beyoncè,
Björk, Anohni and filmmakers Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. “Throughout the show I was facing (co-vocalist) Romy, and Madonna was standing directly behind her,” he says, reliving the moment. “Every time my gaze went up an inch, I was staring straight at her. It was surreal.”
-Leah and Elliott went to the same university, but Elliott graduated the year Leah entered so they didn’t really know each other well until they came to Stardew Valley.
-Elliott, while at school, was the head of a student club called the “Society of Manners” where they basically dressed fancy and talked about literature and art. They threw end of the year formals complete with fancy dress, gourmet chocolate, and a champagne fountain.
-He would get anonymous love letters, from men and women alike. He took the time to answer each and every one of them by hand, even when he was refusing them.