THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: James Duncan

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: James Duncan

James Duncan's name should be better known . . . but if it isn't that's because he's often the guitarist standing beside the main attraction. As he will do when he plays with SJD at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland on Saturday (October 10) when they play the complete Saint John Divine album with a string quartet.

Duncan's had a long association with Sean James Donnelly and he's previously been in Dimmer (and is in Shayne Carter's new band, Carter a guest at the forthcoming show) and was also one half of Punches (with Kelly Sherrod).

Amusingly it seems he is also in the band Encouragement who have released three singles this year and have an album in the wings. It features Duncan and members of Family Cactus “but has broken up”.

No matter, he's got enough on his plate anyway . . . and it's interesting to compare his answers here to those of four years ago!

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chille

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .

I grew up with a few Beatles records, then it was anything my big brother liked. That's where any potential embarrassment occurred

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?

Just MJ at the moment

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

some kind of monk or a plumber, I’ve always wanted to plumb

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

Sea Sex and Sun - Serge Gainsbourg

The Fifth Wave - Suzanne Ciani

When You’re Smiling And Astride Me - Father John Misty

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?

I have a Star Boy guitar pick

The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

A how to play guitar book probably…

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

Mitch Hedburg I’d play the double bass

Seventh_Seal_PosterThe three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

I’m not a big film guy. I’m hoping to watch The Seventh Seal because Scott Walker did a song about it.

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)

Silicon - God Emoji

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .

I listen to Coast FM a lot … anything on Coast. “Love music” !

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .

The only picture on my wall is of Sonic Youth. It looks like a family portrait. They look down on whatever I’m doing. I imagine that they might be sometimes pleased with me…. But it's hard to keep them all happy.

You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .

the number of a tattoo removal service? I dunno… not a massive tats guy here

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?

Trying to attain Nirvana… not the band

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

O o o… Sorry I didn’t understand the question… LOL

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