Based in Australia but with a strong Irish connection, The Potbelleez follow up their Electric Picnic slot with a DJ set at the Kitchen this Friday night and a full band show as part of the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange project in November. They tell us all about themselves…
Who are you and where are you from?
The Potbelleez…me (Dave Goode) and Jonny Sonic from Dublin, Ilan Kidron from Bondi beach Sydney, Mc Blue from Brisban, but we are based in Sydney when not touring.
Who are your favourite artists from home?
The Rubberbandits from Ireland and Goyte from Australia.
What’s it really like touring?
The travelling and missing our loved ones are the hardest part of touring and is the thing that people just dont think about when the see touring bands, on the upside we get see amazing places and people. We get to spread our sound and vibe to mass audiences.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Shanghai, Seoul, anywhere in Ireland! New Zealand rocks as well.
Tell us a tour story…
Not really a nice one, but when touring China in ’05 in a place called Nanning, I stepped off the DJ box and put my foot in the a spit bucket. We left straight after that.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
Finishing off our second album Destination Now and receiving a gold record from our first single from it called ‘Hello’.
What do you do to relax?
We don’t mind a massage’s, yoga or go to the beach, but writing music is above all the best.
What are you reading?
I’m really into current affairs, so im always reading Time Magazine.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Come Dine With Me is a laugh and Wife Swap U.S.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Japanese Popstars, we might be doing some remixes for each other.
What is your favourite…
Album of the last year?
Great stuff is so consistent, CR2 put out some cool stuff, there are so many these days
OK GO, the one with the treadmills
A new artist that you are most excited about?
What was the last great gig you saw?
Chemical Brothers at Electric picnic
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Our pumped up energy with Jonny and me holding down the music and our two vocalists belting it out. We get down and dirty, we have a singalong, put your hands up, it’s just a giddy up affair.