Who are you and where are you from?
CL – I am Ciaran Lavery from Aghagallon.
RV – My name is Ryan Vail and Im from Derry.
Who are your favorite artists from home?
CL – Ian O’Doherty, Josh Burnside, Silences, More Than Conquerors, Ryan Vail (obviously).
RV – My home town has many great artists. Soak, Best Boy Grip and Invader band. And of course Ciaran Lavery.
What’s it really like touring?
CL – From my experience it’s like an endurance test with lots of petrol stations in between. It’s a great way to see parts of the world that I personally haven’t had the chance to, so there are elements of intrigue, mystery & excitement all mashed in there.
RV – I love it. Not so much when the roads are busy though.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
CL – All of them – it’s the people that make it special.
RV – Very hard to pick one to be honest , though I loved playing in my home town last Friday.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
CL – My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, 1965 Bob Dylan, The Band (infact just the full Last Waltz line up including all the special guests).
RV – Kiasmos, John Grant , Todd Terje, Nils Frahm, The XX and Caribou.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
CL – So far I guess there are a few; breaking the 10 million play mark on Spotify, being named as one of Zane Lowe’s last ‘Big Hype’ on Radio 1..I’m most proud of this collaboration with Ryan Vail, Sea Legs.
RV – It’s hard to say. Every year we start off with a goal in mind. Probably the Sealegs Mini album. The amount of work that’s gone into this has been crazy. All down to our label – Quiet Arch.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
CL – You need to play that guitar louder or no-one is ever going to hear you.
RV – Make the intros shorter in your tracks to get more radio play. I think my next track after that had a 1 minute intro.
What do you do to relax?
CL – I just recently moved into a new house so I’ve been finding that kitting the place out & interior design keep my head distracted.
RV -I don’t relax. I’m always recording, writing or working. Time is never on a creative’s side. I generally feel sleeping is a waste of time.
What are you reading?
CL – Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge (slowly)
RV – I’ve stopped reading and have taken up oil painting.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
CL – I am a horrendous tv watcher, the more trashy the better really. I get serious kicks out of those benefit street type shows..generally I’m too inconsistent to have a favourite show. I did just start attacking The Sopranos boxset recently.
RV – I generally follow what the wife has on. At the minute Vikings and Outlander.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
CL – Of all time? Too many to mention probably, what an impossible question to answer..maybe this right now or anything by Louis CK
RV – Would have to be Jon Hopkins – Vessel ( Four Tet Remix )
What website do you visit most? (discounting email etc)
CL – twentyfourbit.com
RV – synthopia.com for my synth world updates.
What is your favourite:
CL – This is changeable absolutely, but Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks is quite usually close to my all time favourite.
RV – Nils Frahm – Spaces.
CL – Again, this fluctuates..right now it’s either ‘Waiting’ by Alice Boman or Emily Barker’s version of ‘Tougher Than The Rest’ by Bruce Springsteen.
CL – John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’.
Lost classic song?
CL – ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’ by Leonard Cohen.
RV – Robert Johnson – ‘Rambling On My Mind’.
CL – Domino because that’s where Bonnie Prince Billy lives. Rough Trade, New West..there’s so many good ones.
RV – Erased Tapes.
Who is your favourite current artist?
CL – Kendrick Lamar is serious right now..as is Night Beds.
RV – A Winged Victory For The Sullen.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
CL – Liza Flume, she’s just great.
RV – Kiasmos.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
CL – I don’t go to enough shows but I guess any of the Felice Brothers shows over the years that I’ve seen when they came to Ireland have all been especially memorable.
RV – Leo Drezdon.
CL – The first ever Felice Brothers show in the Ruby Lounge; I drank far too much before hand & subsequently missed the whole gig wandering the streets of Dublin with my room key in my hand like a lost soul.
RV – Warpaint at Electric Picnic! Mainly because there sound was awful.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
CL – Waves.
RV – Something different.
Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail will be launching their tremendously beautiful co-written album Sea Legs at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre tomorrow night, and on Saturday aboard Belfast’s SS Nomadic. Details of both can be found here.