Hearing about a band or artist's influences and inspirations are all well and good, but sometimes, you just want to get to the nitty-gritty in an interview - like, what's your favourite takeaway dish?

Our new Q&A series sees us throwing rapidfire questions at musicians to get their most instinctive answers. There's no beating around the bush here - just honest, straightforward insights into their creative minds.

First in the series is Cork musician Brian Deady, who scored a big hit a few years ago with the song 'Clap Both My Hands' and has released some superb material since.

His latest release, Christmas single 'Come Home', has seen him running a competition to fly a fan's loved one home for Christmas - you can read more about that here.

1. What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?

The Prodigy's Experience (but only 'Experience'), Elvis's 'Aloha From Hawaii' and Roy Orbison.

2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.

So long, scaredycat.

3. How do you wind down after a gig?

Pint, the band and a fag.

4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?

Bohemian Rhapsody.

5. You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?

Steely Dan - 'Everything Must Go'

Donald Fagan - 'The Nightfly'

Randy Newman – 'Songbook'

6. Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.

Ry Cooder - 'Paradise and Lunch' and No Country for Old Men.

7. Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.

Daniel Day-Lewis - directed by my little brother Ronan Deady (who has Down's Syndrome). Now that would be a laugh!

8. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?

Pad Thai.

9. Describe your perfect day off.

Spanish mountains, three dogs, no one's barking.

10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your gig.

I'm class!


'Come Home' is out now; Brian Deady plays Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick tomorrow (December 6th).