Name, where are you from?
Adrian Flanagan, Organ Grinder from mythical troubadours The Moonlandingz. Born in Salford, Lancashire and lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire... for my sins!
Describe your style in three words?
A smooth criminal!
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
That's a difficult one as I've been to so many, so I'll start with my first ever gig which was Adam & the Ants on their Prince Charming Revue tour at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, my Mum took me when I was a small child and it blew my tiny mind!
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
I'd say the German group, CAN and The Carpenters, both groups are kind of a universe apart but the musicianship in both groups is incredible... I can't tell you how much I love The Carpenters, I love a good old-fashioned heartfelt ballad and Karen Carpenter is easily my favourite voice in popular music.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
I was too young to ever be a punk, but the first musical subculture that stirred me in any way as a child would have been the two-tone movement, specifically - The Specials & Madness. There's nothing better than a sharply dressed crew of dudes standing for equality and standing against the government. Men & women in cool suits versus Men & women in bad suits!
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Would have liked to have spent an hour having a brew and maybe shooting paint cans with the writer /artist William S Burroughs... I could listen to his voice all day!
Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Although we've played some pretty big venues in our own right this year and played to some massive festival crowds across Europe, the ones that I've always enjoyed the most have been in dark basements, places with a low stage and the crowd right up in your face & falling over the stage, somewhere like the Broadcast in Glasgow... The 100 Club in London was great last week too. We need to be protecting these smaller venues - they are the places where the magic happens, not some stinking sticky carpet 02 hell hole!
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
There's a lady in Manchester called Ruth Daniel who runs a project called In Place of War, basically she and her team go out to war & crime-ravaged places across the world, bringing musicians and instruments with her and they go in to some pretty dangerous places and engage with the local kids, some of whom are in opposing gangs by getting them doing music together and putting on events, she tirelessly does this kind of thing all year round.. She recently got a load of recording equipment out into Palestine... Most musicians aren't heroic, they're pretty pathetic to be honest, Ruth's a real heroine. Unifying people at a grassroots level is how real change comes!
Adrian Flanagan is a central member of International Teachers Of Pop, Moonlandingz and Eccentronic Research Council.
International Teachers Of Pop's latest single, 'After Dark' is out now and you can catch their stunning live show at Nottingham's new Metronome venue on 26th October.
Buy tickets at metronome.uk.com/events/international-teachers-of-pop