Who are you and where are you from?
I am John Blek from Cork.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
I play with a lady called Anna Mitchell a lot and she’s great!
What’s it really like touring?
Late nights, early starts, loads of waiting around but it’s great performing for new audiences every night and meeting new people. Sampling the produce of the local boozer is always a pleasant experience.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
I had the opportunity to play in Cork Opera House recently opening up for Mick Flannery and I really enjoyed that. A pleasure to perform in a room that’s built for performance. Also I have big love for Cleere’s, Kilkenny and Coughlan’s in Cork.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Neil Young, Wilco, Phosphorescent, The Sadies, Midlake amongst many others.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Releasing my first solo album was nice.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
“No John those jeans aren’t too tight”
What do you do to relax?
Changing the strings on my guitars. Calms me right down.
What are you reading?
Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Watching The Fall right now and it’s pretty intense.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
I watch an inordinate amount of KEXP live sessions, I’m a bit of a guitar geek as well and find myself caught in a never ending spiral of watching Rig Run Downs.
What website do you visit most?
I wish I had something cool to say here but it’s Facebook and Adverts.ie
What is your favourite:
Right now it’s Beck Morning Phase. Of all time probably Neil Young Harvest.
‘Tecumseh Valley’ by Townes Van Zandt
Lost classic song?
‘Dublin Blues’ by Guy Clarke
Who is your favourite current artist?
A new artist that you are most excited about?
What was the last great gig you have seen?
I was blown away by Beck at Electric Picnic this year.
I will name no names.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
A well dressed tall man performing songs you probably haven’t heard before. It’s nice and relaxed. I’m really enjoying the solo shows.
John Blek will be playing as part of 2014’s A Certain 3 tour. The tour arrives at the Workman’s Club on Feb 24th.