This exclusive Bombay Bicycle Club interview was conducted by The Future Tense as part of the ON/OFF project.

Details of ON/OFF can be found here and a full list of featured interviews can be found here.

Each artist was asked the same series of questions relating to the live music experience, before being photographed just before and again immediately after performing.


Band: Bombay Bicycle Club

Interviewee: All

Venue: Troxy, London

Date: December 5th 2010

What is your most memorable live moment as a fan?

We played ‘Road to V’ when we were 16, and it was our first festival and also our first time backstage. The guy who was chaperoning us got us on to the side of the stage to watch Radiohead. As a 16 year old that’s pretty inspiring!

What is your most memorable live moment as a performer?

We did an awards show in Rio, Brazil. It was a huge event, televised and everything. I still have no idea why we were really there, but we had a samba band on stage with us too which helped everyone to get on the same wavelength.

Have you had any disasters on stage?

Every show has its own little disaster. We played one gig where the entire power to the building went out. We’re talking pitch black. Jack also made some poor girls head bleed when he accidentally hit her with the end of the guitar. She has this perfect little pattern of his tuning pegs on her forehead now!

Do you have any live performance aspirations?

America. Just America. We still haven’t been.

Any pre/post performance rituals?

We pace. It’s the worst part of the day, the waiting.

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