There was this picture you took in front of a bookcase in a magazine, years ago, that I remember. So I’ve always wanted to ask you, what are your favorite books?
I don’t read that much to be honest. I do own books, I just never get around to actually reading them. I like Philip Roth, he’s like the top of the top of novel-writing. I’m a slow reader by the way, I’m dyslexic. Oh, and I’m in this great group that curates articles on current affairs and things, I do read that all the time. So it’s more journalism than literature right now.
Your “Overpowered” video is one of my personal favorites. You leaving a club show in that amazing Gareth Pugh outfit, walking the streets, getting on a bus, ordering some takeout, going home to do some laundry. It’s so, so good. A brilliant video. What’s your favorite video by another artist?
It’s longer than a classic music video, but I’d have to say Grace Jones’ 1982 long-form video, “A One Man Show”, directed by Jean-Paul Goude. It’s just a close-up of her face for a while and then the camera slowly pulls away and then the Eiffel Tower is visible behind her. It’s incredible. “Pull Up To The Bumper” is, too. Basically everything Grace Jones did and does. I like her a lot.
What’s your favorite country or city to perform in?
It changes. Sometimes I’ll really like a place where the energy was great and then I come back 10 years later and it’s completely different. I don’t want to name any names, but often it’s politically motivated. When it all becomes really right-winged or something. Or places get completely capitalized. I really loved Belgrade in Serbia last time around. It’s got a nice pace and still feels kind of urban. It’s breezy.
Speaking of breezy, how’s the weather over there in Mallorca right now?
It’s really, really hot actually. There’s no breeze at all! I’m enjoying my time here. I’ve flown out to do certain shows, but I come back to stay here with the family all summer.
Well Róisín, don’t let us keep you from enjoying the gorgeous weather. Thank you!