“I think the result was really powerful. It was kind of a snapshot of how the world is right now. A friend of ours, Stevie Russell, put the edits together and although I’d seen a lot of the videos individually I couldn’t really imagine how it was gonna turn out.
“I watched the first edit sitting on the couch with my girlfriend, and within 30 seconds I had tears in my eyes. We both did. There’s something powerful about it. It shows that this whole situation, it’s very much a global thing. People all over the world in their houses and apartments, wherever they are, we’re all just trying to keep positive and keep going.”
On the subject of staying positive, Steve and the band have developed a number of ways to keep their mental wellbeing in check over the past seven years touring with each other.
“We are more like a family. We’re really good friends first and foremost, but we grew up together and have known each other since we were kids. We kind of need each other.”
Touring and being away from their families can be difficult to deal with, but as Kodaline has grown, they’ve developed a support system that works for them.
“You know, you can kind of tell if someone’s having a bad day. When we first started touring, we probably wouldn’t talk as much as we do now, but we look out for each other. And it’s not the band, we have a crew, there’s about fourteen people. We tour together, look out for each other, and if someone’s having a bad day we’ll kind of try and call them up on it. If they don’t want to talk that’s fine too.
“I think it’s really important to have a good support system around you, whether that is friends, family or anything like that, just someone you can talk to about everything and anything. There’s one friend in particular, for whatever reason, me and him have always got each other. If stuff gets really bad, we always feel much better after talking to each other. It is extremely important not to be afraid to talk about things. Just switching off and hanging out and socialising helps in a big way.”