Tell us about your tour vehicle.
Uh, we use different buses in different countries all over the world. Depends where we are.
First tour I did was in an old transit van. The early solo years I did were on the train. I have never owned a tour vehicle myself.
How do you eat cheaply and/or healthy while on tour?
We have tour catering who come with us in the UK and Europe, which is great, it means we eat really well and it’s actually cheaper once your tour party is more than about 20 people. Otherwise, well, you just learn how to find good places, take vitamins and so on.
How many strings do you break in a typical year? How much does it cost to replace them?
I have no idea. I change all my strings every day though, three guitars – well, actually my tech does it for me. We have a great deal with Ernie Ball strings so we save money, but it is a significant cost for me.
Where do you rehearse?
My band (The Sleeping Souls) and I built a rehearsal space of our own in Oxford a few years back. It’s a little cramped but it’s ours, we have worked on the last three records there, as well as rehearsing for tours.
What was the title and a sample lyric from the first song that you wrote?
I have no idea. It was a very long time ago.
Describe your first gig.
I played at my older sister’s birthday party, when I was about 12. I don’t think her and her friends were that into it.
What was your last day job? What was your favorite day job?
My last day job was working telesales, but that was more than a decade ago. I guess my favourite was probably working for excite.com in about 2000, that was a cool and interesting place to work.
How has your music-related income changed over the past 5-10 years? What do you expect it to look like 5-10 years from now?
I’m not really at liberty (or inclined) to discuss the details of that. I do OK tho, and I full time employ more than 10 people, which I’m proud of.
What one thing do you know now that you had wished you knew when you started your career in music?
Your own judgment always trumps someone else’s, when it comes to anything artistic.