The lyrics of the song ‘Econocide’, the first track on the “Downhill from Here” EP, were inspired by the work of the Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk. Joris spent a lot of time researching the culture of London’s financial sector and kept a blog about it for The Guardian. In trying to explain how the financial crisis could have happened, he looked into the minds of the people (bankers, traders, etc.) working in the City and drew surprising conclusions. His findings and quotes from other people in the TV documentary “Het Brein van de Bankier” (“The mind of the banker”) helped me to create the fictional, but realistic, character that the song is about.
The TV documentary (in Dutch)
And of course, the song ‘Econocide’ with lyrics