The BBC have published a new interview with vocalist Steve Hogarth. The interview was conducted by Tim Masters just ahead of this year's Prog Magazine Music Awards. Below is a short excerpt from the interview:
The latest album's epic opening track Gaza is up for the Anthem award. What was it like tackling a political subject like that?
It's alright sounding off about Gaza in the pub or at home but putting it on a CD and putting it out there in the world with your name on it, you've got to make damn sure that it's right and what you're saying is true and measured.
I knew I would upset people. We even included a note with the lyric on the album that this was not a song against Jewish people.
It's a song that blames the world, it doesn't blame Israel per se. It says whatever way you look at this situation, for these people to have to live like this isn't right.
I have had a lot of email from Jews living outside Israel giving me a really hard time about this song and I've replied to them as well. I've not had one email from within Israel, which is quite interesting.
I would argue that I've written that song as something measured and have done a lot of research and I've spoken to people living there right now.
I stand by it and I wouldn't withdraw one word that I've written in that song.
Hardly a week goes by now without a crowdfunding headline - what are your thoughts with Marillion having used this model at the turn of the century?
It's amazing to see how it has proliferated. Marillion understood where the internet was going very early on.
We were crowdfunded by the crowd - they brought it to us for that 1997 American tour. Once it had been dropped in our lap, we soon woke up to how important this internet thing was going to be.
I ran into someone last year who did business studies at Oxford University and he said he'd written a thesis about the Marillion business model for his final year.
So we've made it all the way into the exams at Oxford. I think we should all get honorary degrees.
How much of Marillion's longevity is down to the internet?
Without the internet we would probably have continued to function, but we could easily have split up. I'm not saying we would have, we might have found some other way.
But we were having our ups and downs and we had parted company with EMI.
What we needed was someone interested in promoting our music rather than making a fast buck and that was why we eventually turned to the fans for our first music pre-order. That's how it all started with Anoraknophobia.
You can read the full interview here: