Who are you and where are you from?
We are Clock Opera, mostly from London. I am Dan and the opinions expressed here are my own. Apologies to the rest of the band.
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
My first thought is Ray Davies of The Kinks. For me he captured something unique about the city. ‘Waterloo Sunset’ is full of the social complexity/simplicity and the forgotten natural beauty of London. It’s a dirty paradise.
What’s it really like touring?
Touring is many things to many different people. It can be a bit like travelling…. new places/people, late nights, always on the move. When you say ‘what’s it really like?’, I have to say, yes, it really is like that sometimes. But it can also be a kind of relentless work, all deadlines, long commutes, heavy lifting and responsibility. For me personally its extremely rewarding. Really like.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
My favourite city in the UK is Liverpool, no question. Beyond that, we’ve played all over Europe this summer and I have to say, our Dublin show was one of the most enjoyable.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Talking Heads, Dave Matthews Band, Nina Simone, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley. I would encourage Northern Introvert to play a DJ set.
Tell us a tour story…
‘French for encore’.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
I stood next to Chris Morris on the bus.
What do you do to relax?
I am relaxed Doctor.
What are you reading?
A strange book called The End Of Mr Y.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
The final series of Breaking Bad is steadily appearing. Class.
What was the last thing you bought online?
My bank card isn’t capable of such things. I’m a traditional cash user.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Guy Connelly from Clock Opera
What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?
We’ve never done one. The closest we came was playing ‘Wicked Game’ in a practice room and it sounded pretty good. Which is probably why it’s been covered so many times.
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
No. No-where. I can’t afford to and it’s not 1973 anymore. Plus I have the names of loved ones who’ve passed away written on my keyboard. When I look at them the idea of trashing is not in my mind.
What website do you visit most?
BBC football. Or the news now page for AFC Wimbledon.
What is your favourite…
…album of the last year?
Here We Go Magic
‘212’, Azelia Banks. It’s provided some brilliant moments for me. Or ‘Tamer Animals’ by Other Lives.
….Lost classic song?
‘While You Were Sleeping’ – Elvis Perkins
… Record label?
Regina Spektor. She makes me cry.
Any talk by Terence McKenna.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Indians (not the American country one…this is from Copenhagen).
What was the last great gig you went to?
Stevie Wonder at Bestival
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Energy. And hopefully more humility than displayed here.
Clock Opera play Cyrpus Avenue, Cork (tonight), Roisin Dubh, Galway (Thursday), Academy 2, Dublin (Friday) and the Limelight, Belfast (Saturday)