Q&A with Stephen Heard – Clap Clap Riot

Q&A with Stephen Heard of New Zealand band Clap Clap Riot.

Clap Clap Riot recently released their single “Everybody” (check out the video below) and are performing at BIGSOUND Live in Brisbane, Australia in September (2013).

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:: What track changed your life ::
Bohemian Rhapsody

:: What is your favourite Album ::
Tough question but probably The Strokes – Is This It

:: Name a band or artist we should checkout ::
Kittens of the Internet

:: Favourite Quote ::
“You can’t spend half your day as an accountant and then go home and be a musician, it’s bullshit.”

:: When on tour, you can’t live without ::
Our smokemachine operator Will Bloodworth

:: When you think of Australia, you think ::
Cheap wine

:: Worst thing to happen to music is ::

:: Best thing about the current music industry ::
The ability to produce quality music out of your bedroom. Access to great music from around the world.

:: Biggest influence ::
My bandmembers

:: Childhood hero ::
Kevin McCallister

:: When you were younger you wanted to be ::
An actor

:: Last album bought ::
Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

:: First album you ever bought ::
Green Jellÿ – Three Little Pigs

:: First concert you went to ::
Ben Harper

:: Last concert you went to ::
Bernard Fanning. I was given the tickets I swear…

:: Favourite current band ::
Parquet Courts

:: Favourite drink ::

:: Favourite book ::
Imperial Bedrooms – Bret Easton Ellis

:: Favourite actor ::
Curtis Pickett

:: Favourite website ::

:: The best boredom buster is ::
Listening to music

:: The best film you ever saw was ::
Inglourious Basterds / Moonrise Kingdom

:: Your ultimate snack is ::
Anything Mexican

:: The first thing you do when you wake up is ::
Get out of bed

:: Best piece of advice you’ve received ::
My Dad sent me an email comparing my aspirations to Sylvester Stallone’s life and his attempt at getting film producers to take interest in the Rocky series. Basically what he was going for was ‘don’t give up’.

:: Your biggest aspirations ::
Tour the world playing music

:: Best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received ::
An organ from my Grandpa that’s still sitting in Invercargill