Any reader of the last blog will know my positive feelings about the experiences of touring with Sanday Agency.
But of the shows themselves well….
2/11/11 Shamrock, Perugia
My first show was a little weird due to the last min cancellation of a Rome date (Due to venue legality issues). The Sanday guys lined me up something last min at an Irish themed Italian bar. The vibe was mellow and relaxed and it gave me the chance to play pressure free and to check everything worked ok equipment wise (When touring Japan I discovered many power issues with my pedals).
Luckily everything worked fine and the tour kicked off in a relaxed way which was perfect as I felt alot of pressure to impress the Sanday guys and to know they hadn`t gambled on a shit musician. They seemed to like it which helped me relax.
3/11/11 – Truttamundo Cafe, Perugia
One of those hussle and bussle kinda places. Truttamundo was heaving and energetic as I stepped to the stage. Normally only hosting jazz bands I immediately went the other way opening with a loop freanzy psychedelia. This seemed to work to focus the crowd and soon it had a nice gig underway with the exception of one guy who literally was MAD!!!. He kept standing directly in front of me whilst talking to himself on the phone (Which was in fact his hand).
But all in all a great fun gig. Some lovely brits in the audience too which was nice as they laughed at my rambles.
4/11/11 – Magazzino, Orvieto
This show literally has to be one of my shows of the year. The audience were great, The venue was great, and the Cd`s flew off the merch stand.
I played for nearly 2 hours strait and relished it. Following the show I was interviewed for radio which can be heard here.
I also got to check out the sites.
5/11/11 – Siesta Del Alcalde, Perugia
Remember remember the 5th of November. So strange that just the day before this I met the artist for the V for Vendetta comics.
Anyway…. My show was a pleasure once again with support from Local group Ace of Skin.
I made alot of noise and people clapped. an Ideal gig on the whole. And I was fed some of the finest Italian food ever – fact!!
6/11/11 – Al Casellino, Gubbio
My final show of the italy tour and I kinda lost the plot. I honestly don`t know why. Maybe it was the fact I`d had too much coffee. Maybe it was the fact I`d been surprised by the arrival of some good friends (Who drove for 5 hours to see me); or maybe I just go mental from time to time. But whatever it was it made for a good show.
I was taking on other characters and pretending to have a deep connection with my shakey egg ( as you do). During `Watching Paint` I invited other audience members to put their own input into my loops.
Times were crazy, but why shouldn`t they be?
So that was kinda it. My final day was spent chilling and jamming with local players I had become friends with and then it was a long drive to Rome and a long sleepless couple of flights to Tokyo.
My thanks again to Sanday Agency and to all the wonderful people I`ve met along the way.