What’s on your rider? The Am­bi­ence Af­fair’s Jamie Clarke

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What’s on your rider? Fruit, wa­ter, crisps, beer and tow­els.

What would be on your fan­tasy rider? A bot­tle of Blue La­bel and a trained helper mon­key. What’s the best gig you’ve at­tended –

and why? Griz­zly Bear in Vicar Street – the only gig I’ve ever wished I could watch 10 times over to take it all in.

And the worst – and why? Rob­bie Wil­liams in The Point. He just couldn’t live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of a 12-year-old mind. Tour bus bunks, ho­tel rooms or couch-surf­ing? You can’t beat the feel­ing of sleep­ing in a soul­less ho­tel af­ter a sweaty show. Tour bus tunes? Which are your ones for the road? It usu­ally stems from al­bums that have just been re­leased. So now it would be a mix­ture of Beck, The War On Drugs and Wye Oak. Chat­ting be­tween songs – good or bad, and why? If you’re good at it, to­tally.

How big is your en­tourage? Some­times we bring a sound en­gi­neer and our la­bel guy, Mark . Do you like to meet and greet fans af­ter the gig? We love to! We’ll never tire of people who spend their time and money on our mu­sic.

Any use­ful stage tips? Sounds ob­vi­ous, but if you’re a gui­tarist have loads of plec­trums. Have a spare gui­tar (even if it sounds ter­ri­ble, it’ll keep the gig flow­ing if you break a string). What on-tour lux­ury would you like the most? We’ve al­ways wanted a tour van for us all to travel in – that would in­crease the ca­ma­raderie whilst gig­ging.

What’s your best tour story? In 2007, Marc and I were of­fered a paid gig in a cas­tle in Clare. We were re­ally ex­cited, it was our high­est paid gig so far and we got to play a cas­tle! When we got there, much to our dis­may, not only was it not a cas­tle we were play­ing (it was ac­tu­ally a room in an ad­ja­cent ho­tel), it was also a black-tie event which had no PA sys­tem. Suf­fice it to say, it was very dif­fi­cult to play, with no mi­cro­phones, to people in tuxe­dos who had no idea who we were.

In con­ver­sa­tion with Tony Clay­tonLea. The Am­bi­ence Af­fair plays Whelan’s in Dublin on Thurs­day at 7.30pm, ¤10. whe­lanslive.com

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