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IVAN STJOHN; A QUICK ONE WITH.

Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY; DEMELZA DE BURCA

He's the wonderful purveyor of quirky pop who gets his name from the family cat. And now Ivan StJohn will be bringing us himself, live and unleashed to begin April in a sparkling fashion.

Drench yourself in his delicious sounds that will quench your thirst like a glass of fruit-filled Pimms on the grass during a hot summer's day. Ivan's album Up To Snuff will be the soundtrack to the summer, make no mistake.

We caught up with Ivan to find out what he has planned to entertain us this weekend.

WHEN'S THE NEXT GIG? We're doing two gigs this weekend, one on Friday in Dolan's in Limerick, and Saturday in The Workman's Club in Dublin.

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MINUTE? Loads and loads of stuff. I think Oh No Ono's record 'Eggs' is my favourite of last year. I also listen to Deerhunter so much it's bordering on unhealthy.

I recently got the complete Chess Records recordings and there's so many songs that I feel I know innately, they're so ingrained in our consciousnesses. I listen to music in two ways mainly. Stoned in the bath, and in the car.

WHAT OTHER ACTS DO YOU RATE? I think that in general it's American acts that are pushing things forward the most. As I say I'm in to Deerhunter, but I reckon Spoon, The Walkmen, TV on the Radio, Oh No Ono, Animal Collective and Blonde Redhead have done and are doing some really interesting stuff . I think MGMT's last album didn't get the recognition it deserved. There's so much great music being made at the moment it's hard to make a short list.

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR MUSIC IN ONE SENTENCE? I really don't know. That's for others to decide, I guess.

WHAT GIGS COMING UP ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO? We're playing in Liss Ard and Electric Picnic over the summer. I'm looking forward to that because I'm really excited about playing some new material, but also because the line ups are great.

WHAT'S BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIAN'S MOMENT SO FAR? Honestly, and this will sound a bit corny, but I enjoy the creating of music the most. Nothing comes close to it. I'm never as happy as when I'm deep in the making of a song.

WHAT NEXT? I'm just going to keep working away at making music. I don't have a plan other than that. I'm thinking it's all a progression towards some arbitrary point in the distant future, and that when I reach that point I'll be able to look back at a career of constant development, change and betterment.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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