Best known for his one-man band style blues and rock performances, The Legendary Tigerman, AKA Portuguese multi-instrumentalist Paulo Furtado, is an artist for whom the world is not enough. When creating a track, he draws on a host of feelings, people and locations for inspiration. Read on to discover what gets his creative juices flowing.
“Being in the desert is one of the most inspiring things ever. Being alone, surrounded by nature and vast space, no cellphone signal and no people around, it can transport you to the least visited places inside you.”
“Life on the side of the road, in motion, it’s quite different from a sedentary life in the city. You’re never in the same place for too long and the people and things that you see everywhere are always associated with the places where you’ve first encountered them in.”
“The more songs you listen to, and the more different from what you write, the more tools you have to write. A painting or a picture [also] has a story in itself. Or any ambience. And it can be exactly what you need to create the idea for a song.”
“Writing movie-inspired songs is always a challenge and it can be done in many different ways. I can start off with one picture or scene, or I can relate to a character in a much more literal way. Like in [my new track] Motorcycle Boy, for example, inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s main character [played by Mickey Rourke] in Rumble Fish.”
“Perhaps desire is one of the greatest triggers for songwriting. Love makes the world turn, but desire makes the world dream. And songs are often the running engine of dreams.”
“Nothing is more inspiring than living and storing that experience, whether it’s by recording sounds, taking pictures, writing notes or filming. To go from reality to fiction is a wonderful tool for writing music.”
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The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 22.214.171.124's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.