Ram's Pocket Radio is a really unique act that is supporting the great Foy Vance this Saturday. Mei caught up with him for a fun Q&A. We've become big fans of Foy since his show was booked. Get tickets here before they're gone!
Where and when was your first show?
At a festival in Belfast that Foy was putting on, which celebrated music of Northern Irish origin. I had a couple of songs on Myspace and upon hearing them he invited me to play.
It was a pretty amazing first show, playing alongside artists like Iain Archer and David Holmes.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?
I grew up listening to a lot of progressive rock like Genesis and Moody Blues. I had totally forgotten about this until my producer, David Kosten, noticed a few hints of it coming out in what I was writing.
Other than that, the creativity of an artist like Bjork is something I aspire to.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
Once when I was touring the UK, a wheel fell off the trailer while we were driving on the motorway.
The tour had been fairly harrowing up to that point, so we ended up laughing it off, set up camp and waited for the mechanics to open.
This was a Saturday night, so we camped on the side of the motorway until Monday morning.
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Drink: Buckfast - a caffeinated tonic wine, popular in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with (debatable) medicinal qualities.
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?
A young Jack Nicholson, no question.
What two words would best describe your music? Deconstructive pop