Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Ranking Roger and I live in Birmingham in the U.K.
What’s it really like touring?
Touring is harder than a lot of people think,all the travelling and hanging around takes more out of you than the actual gig does.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
I think Glastonbury has to be one of the best gigs in the world to play as there are so many choices of stages and things to do. Also it’s a ‘one of a kind.’ Many festivals have tried to be like it but have failed. On another level,I used to love playing The Voodoo Lounge in Dublin because it always had a type of festival vibe anytime we played there because you always felt close to the audience. We have played bigger venues in Dublin, but its not the size that counts. I think the atmosphere of a gig depends on how the band and the audience react with each other. Every gig is different.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
I do know I would have the madman himself Lee Perry, probably backed by Sly and Robbie and crew.
Tell us a tour story…
I’ve always been one to stop and say hello to anyone and everyone. When The Beat first got big, I always tried my hardest not to be the popstar type but to just be normal like everyone else. One day,I had had enough of fame and didn’t feel very social at the time. A group of girls approached me from across the road (about six of them) I was recognised instantly and started running the other way with these screaming girls in pursuit. I had to stop in the end, calm them down and then I signed a couple of autographs and they were off about their business. It made me realise how much attention I created by just doing that and how dangerous it could have ended up turning out, if I hadn’t calmed them down first. I’d already heard horror stories from the ’70s where fans would do anything to get a piece of their idol. Well ,no matter what kind of mood I’m in now, I always stop and talk to people and once they realise that you are just a normal person, I think you get more respect.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Playing Glastonbury again.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
“Don’t be in the music business,it won’t last a year”
What do you do to relax?
Listen to great music, play games like everyone else I guess. Sometimes I rollerblade or inline skate.
What are you reading?
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Television? Hm….I call it “the daily liar”.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
What website do you visit most?
YouTube must come first. Ebay, Space Weather amongst others.
What is your favourite record?
Too many to name. Me is a music lover so that’s probably the hardest question of the lot.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
A lot of dancing and great entertainment that will leave you with a smile and wanting more.
The Beat play The Academy in Dublin on Friday.