I grew up… when I first started travelling – I backpacked pretty seriously for months at a time when I left school – it really opened my mind to other cultures…before that I would think of money in terms of stuff I could buy, after that I thought of money in terms of how far I could go, and how long you could stay away.
Now you can find me in… constant state of motion. I don’t think it’s a co- incidence that my profession involves lots of miles and countries and people – right now I’m writing this from New York – by next week I’ll be in Vancouver.
It all started when… I realised that a) working sucks and b) you could exchange time for money, and money for time… I would word in clothes shop in the day, and a cocktail bar at night – then buy a ticket and go – and come back to Bristol when I ran out of cash and do it again.
If I’m not in the studio or on stage, you’ll find me… in Brighton , my current base – I’ve just moved back to the uk permanently after a few years in Paris … I love the beach , I think it’s the Cornish in me – but when I’m inland it kinda drives me a bit mad…. I like the infiniteness of it, the timelessness and relentlessness of it…it’s like a beautiful work of art that is different every second..
My most treasured piece of musical equipment… was my Dad’s Martin acoustic guitar from the 70′s, but when he saw the state of it after the last Perfect Darkness European tour he rightfully asked for it back…now I’d probably say it’s my Brady1 fink model flamenco guitar – it’s ethically manufactured which I’m really proud of, and it’s been on this journey with me everywhere since 2006 – in fact it’s less than 3ft from me right now in the back of the bus.
If there’s one album that’s inspired me it’s… John Lee Hooker – “That’s My Story” on Riverside – a masterpiece, a masterpiece, a masterpiece … The original copy from the late fifties is probably my most valuable record – when I found one on eBay I stayed up all night to make sure I got it …. It probably cost me a months rent.
My favourite festival… that I’ve played – Impossible – so many – our festival tour this year was 2 months long!!! Sziget was great in Hungary, Lowlands in Holland is fantastic – I love Green Man in the UK – but I think Glasto is the mother of them all.
A highlight of my musical career so far… playing Fink songs with Royal Dutch symphony orchestra earlier this year – nothing prepares you for a backing band of 100 classical geniuses.
I can’t perform unless I have… my sound guy RobALicous – he just gets it – and I know the front of house sounds as good as it possibly can.
I wish I hadn’t… but I did.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s… he harder you work the luckier you get.
If you’re new to my music, I suggest listening to Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us first.
Our most recent release is the Perfect Darkness album – the next one is our first live album “Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet”.