Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and I’m originally from Boston, Mass. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York.
Who are your favourite artists from home?
There’s some great Boston bands including Modern Lovers, Mission of Burma and others but I’m actually currently working on a compilation of soul and funk records that were made in Boston in the ’60s and ’70s. Not a lot of big names but check out ‘Cool with a Groove’ by Pearl Reeves and I dare you not to dance when the tambourine comes in.
What’s it really like touring?
Touring is hard! There are a lot of unglamorous parts to touring but when you get on stage that usually makes up for all of the nonsense you had to go through to get there. Eating and drinking locally produced stuff in every city is always great as I think the best way to the heart of a culture is through food and music. I just wish I had someone to iron my shirts and press my suits for me before I play, that gets old real fast.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Too many to list! I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to play all over the world. I love going to play in Spain and Joy Eslava in Madrid is one of my favorites but there are amazing venues and cities all over the world.
Tell us a tour story…
While playing on a TV show in France, someone in the band contracted a stomach virus. The virus then made it’s way through every band member (including myself) as we traveled from France in to Spain. On the last show of the tour, everyone had gotten sick except the drummer. During the last song of the show, I see out of the corner of my eye, our drummer literally fall off the drumset vomiting all over and running off stage. Just like that, my saxophone player jumped on the drumset and never missed a beat.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
It’s still early in 2014, but I’m just happy I have a record finished and ready to come out! Check back with me in October and I’ll let you know how it went.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
I had an old manager who definitely gave me a lot of bad advice. I can’t think of anything in particular, but let’s just say it’s a positive thing that we’ve parted ways.
What do you do to relax?
I love to cook. When I’m not touring you can generally find me cooking at home listening to the radio.
What are you reading?
I’m currently reading a book called Gospel of Freedom by Jonathan Rieder. It’s an examination of Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Just finished Breaking Bad which was incredible, I’m now moving on to Boardwalk Empire which I like so far, but I’ll have to see how it goes.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
This clip of Sister Rosetta Tharpe is pretty incredible.
What website do you visit most?
I’m on twitter a fair amount but I’m also on a lot of news sites like The New York Times, NPR etc…
What is your favourite…
Changes every day, right now it’s probably With You In Mind by Lou Johnson
Lost classic song?
Every song I listen to is a lost classic! I would say ‘Finders Keepers’ by The Zircons deserves to be better known.
Who is your favourite current artist?
Lorde. I really like her record and I’m excited that it’s taken off.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Great punk band from Austin called Hundred Visions that I really love. Saw them at a loft in Chinatown here in New York and they killed it.
What was the last great gig you saw?
Lonnie Lester at Dig Deeper here in Brooklyn. I did sing backups on this show but most of the time I was watching.
Every show is worth seeing for some reason, there’s always something positive to take away.
What should we expect from your Dublin gig?
A lot of music from the new album, but also a fair amount of older stuff too blended in. It’ll be an exciting, soulful show with me doing a whole lot of yelling as usual.
Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed plays Whelan’s on 24th April