MARIA TECCE The Cobalt Café, Dublin Wed 19th-Sat 22nd
What’s on your rider?
One masseuse, one case of champagne, and a late supper at the Trocadero afterwards.
What would be on your fantasy rider?
Two Italian masseuses, two cases of Krug champagne, an unlimited amount of sexual favours from Daniel Craig and a late supper at the Trocadero afterwards.
What’s your pre-gig ritual/routine?
It depends if it’s a new show or not. If not, I just have to get to the venue a few hours ahead to take care of all the admin, technical, and business end of things. When things run smoothly, I get to spend time with the boys, sound check, and then play.
Indoor or outdoor gig?
Indoor is safer for sound.
Club or pub gig?
Clubs, I think. But some bars have quite savvy gig spaces.
Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs?
I had Graham Norton show up at a gig in London – very cool. I also saw Heath Ledger at one, but I think he was just there to see the strippers who went on after me.
What’s your best crowdpleasing number?
Sister Sadie seems to get them going; it really kicks and has a good groove.
Chatting between songs – good or bad, and why?
I’m in awe of people who just chat away effortlessly. I like to talk to my audience – there’s usually a story behind the songs, usually having to do with sex, love, or some unfortunate incident involving both.
Groupies – would you?
If they are handsome, have good taste, sure. But I draw the line at stalkers. A couple of years ago I had a guy who wanted me to sing his songs.
How much are you getting paid for the gig?
I have no idea. But I do know we’re having one hell of a party afterwards. TONY CLAYTON-LEA