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