Nick Cave on Warren Ellis: “We understand the nature of friendship”

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Singer outlines his theory of “three levels” of friend categories.

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Nick Cave shares the secrets of his friendship with longtime collaborator Warren Ellis on his latest entry The Red Hand Files,

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The pair have worked together on various projects since 1993, including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman.

After many fans asked about their friendship and songwriting, Kev shared his theory that there are three levels of friendship—essentially “a shared experience,” “somebody who has your back,” And defined by who can “bring the best”. out in you”.


“None of these levels are mutually exclusive and sometimes you find someone who meets all of these categories. If you find a friend like that, contact him. They are rare,” he explained. .

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. credit: Gail Berry/Redferns via Getty Images

“Warren is such a friend,” he continued. “The reason we have such a long and productive artistic collaboration is because these three levels of friendship are firmly in place; we understand the nature of friendship and we look at friendship itself.”

Cave also noted that the pair “didn’t have to deal with shaky relationship problems, or questions of status, or struggles for power,” adding: “We are friends, pure and simple, and we Just move on with the work. In the hand—two people making something more than the sum of its parts—the fruit of cooperation emerges directly from friendship.”

Yesterday (23 November), Kev and Alice announced plans to make a French documentary snow panther,


The pair have teamed up for the soundtrack, which will be released digitally on December 17 on Invada Records.

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