WHAT’S ON YOUR RIDER? SOFIA TALVIK
What’s on your rider?
Nothing very exciting – a warm meal and beer/wine.
What would be on your fantasy rider?
A private chef who would cook me anything I fancied. Jamie Oliver would do!
What’s the best gig you’ve attended – and why?
There’s a Danish band called Mew that I really like. Their shows have a lot of crazy backdrop projections, and the last time I saw them, the singer did a duet with a strange animated doll in the backdrop. That was very special.
And the worst – and why?
Fleet Foxes in Stockholm a few years ago.
Tour bus bunks, hotel rooms or couchsurfing?
Camper! I did an 18-month tour in the US in an RV, and for my Irish tour I’ll be traveling in one of Craic N Campers decked out rides.
Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs?
Still waiting for Jim Morrison to show up.
Tour bus tunes? Which are your ones for the road?
I have a trucking playlist with lots of good songs for the road. It includes If Jesus drove a Motorhome, by Jim White. Chatting between songs – good or bad, and why?
Good! I think it’s important to connect with your audience and show something of yourself as a person.
How big is your entourage?
I have what someone on my Facebook artist page once referred to as my “bodyguard, driver and part-time boyfriend”. His name is Jonas; he’s actually my husband.
While on tour, do you do your own laundry?
I do, but I should probably put that on my rider!
Do you like to meet and greet fans after the gig?
I think it’s the best! Meeting people is one of the best things about playing music.
Any useful stage tips?
Stories about being naked always works!
What on-tour luxury would you like the most?
I’m a simple girl; as long as I get to sleep well and people are nice to me, then I’m happy.
What’s your best tour story?
I had a show booked in Philadelphia, and when I arrived my poster was in the window but the staff were really confused that I was there. I explained that I was playing there that night, and it turned out they had somehow double booked the venue and were having a “rock-paper-scissors tournament” that night. It was too late to reschedule any of the events so we combined them. I never even knew you could have a tournament doing rock, paper, scissors, but people had their own styles and strategies and everything. That was probably the strangest gig I ever did, but it was really fun.
Sofia Talvik performs in Boyle’s Pub in Slane, Co Meath on Thursday at 8pm