INTERVIEW WITH KEITH XANDER OF XANDER & THE PEACE PIRATES
Hello and welcome to today’s show where I am pleased to welcome Keith Xander of the group Xander and the Peace Pirates. Keith is the lead singer and lead guitarist with the band who hail from Liverpool. Through their album 11:11 and live concerts the band have gained a large following of fans from around the world, supporting the likes of Bon Jovi and Mannfred Mann’s Earthband on the way. So a warm welcome to you Keith.
Let’s start with the name of the band, Xander and the Peace Pirates. I suppose many people when they hear the name think that you are Xander, yet that is your surname and you have your brother, Stuart playing alongside you.
The Pirates part of the name comes from the hook that you have on your right arm as you were born without a right hand. Yet that hasn’t held you back and you can play the guitar comfortably with the hook. Can you tell us a little about what it was like growing up and how you feel about your body nowadays?
On your first album, many of the songs are about spiritual subjects. Can you explain how the spiritual side of life has become an influence in your life?
Also, on the album you have an excerpt of a speech by Alan Watts, the author of The Way of Zen. Is he someone who has inspired you?
You called your first album, 11:11 and have a facebook page about this number. What does 11:11 mean to you?
I understand that you had a Near Death Experience several years ago. How did that come about?
You have been influenced by the teachings of Adyashanti, an American spiritual teacher. What would you say attracts you to his teaching?
Are there any books that you have read that have inspired you greatly?
How are you finding life in these strange times of Lockdown. Do you have anything that you would like to say to people listening in about it?
A little bird told me that there was a strong possibility that Xander and the Peace Pirates might have been playing at Glastonbury this year and that Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis was so impressed that he said you should be up on the Pyramid Stage!
Am I correct in saying that you have got a new album written and all ready to go, but you are still seeking a record deal for it?
Video of the song Shadows:-
Video of the song Searching for the |Light:-
Video in which Keith Xander explains how he plays the guitar:-
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