Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... Adam Kammerling


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Adam Kammerling writes. Sometimes he performs his writings at spoken word and rap shows. He occasionally appears at festivals... festivals like Latitude 2013.

Which latitude are you on right now?

Stoke Newington, London, in a pile of receipts

Sum up what you do for us in one sentence for anyone who might not know…

I rap and poem and do character stuff and generally bemuse audiences by getting my weirdness out on stage

If you could give us one hot tip for who to see at Latitude what would it be?

The jazz band in the shed with the overhead projector and the mad-scientist style storyteller. Are they going to be there this year?

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Try not to get drunk.

What’s your best festival story for us? The stranger the better!

Hmmm. Bestival. About five years ago. Running away from a gang of properly nasty bruisers while above our heads, an aerialist pulled a string of beads out of her vagina. Then having magical times in the miniature village until the sun came up and collecting a wheelbarrow of leftover booze for an unofficial afterparty which was agressively broken up by security hurling oranges at us. That's an eight-hour time period just there. I think I was wearing a pink jumpsuit. You'll have to fill in the blanks.

Tell us a something you’ve never told an interviewer before…

I'm totally nonplussed by poetry, music and food.

What’s your signature cooking dish?

I make a killer curry. And quiche. Although not normally at the same time. Birds eye chillis and sour cream are my friends.

What book/film/record etc. changed your life and why?

Paul Simon, Graceland, when I was about 17. Up until then I only listened to dense, abrasive, nasty, nasty noise music. Paul Simon showed me poetry and joy and cracked my moody little heart.

Knock Knock, who’s there?

Trunky want a bun?

What’s the best thing about performing live?

It gets me away from this pile of receipts

And lastly, summarise Latitude in three words

Better than work