This exclusive Bombay Bicycle Club interview was conducted by The Future Tense as part of the ON/OFF project.
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
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.
A full list of featured artists and interviews can be found here.
Dates: 2009 to 2014
Photographer: Tom Oldham
Curator: Ed Bartlett (The Future Tense)
Featured Artists: Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Beady Eye, Beth Ditto, Chase & Status, CSS, Duran Duran, Editors, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Faithless, Flying Lotus, Friendly Fires, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Jessie J, The Kills, Labrinth, Lana del Rey, Lykke Li, MIA, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Mystery Jets, Paul Weller, Plan B, Primal Scream, Prodigy, Pulled Apart by Horses, Rizzle Kicks, Rudimental, Snoop Dogg, Suede, Swedish House Mafia, Take That, Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, Warpaint.
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