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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

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