Many influences, including Tom Waits and Prefab Sprout. I have a great respect for Paddy McAloon as a singer/songwriter. Not forgetting Bowie, Alice Cooper, Crowded House, Del Amitri, and many others.
I like to visit Buckden in the Yorkshire Dales. I have fond memories too of Northern California, in particular a little place called Elk on the coastal highway. Can't put my finger on it, but for some reason, Hawaii always does it for me, too.
Tanglewood & Takamine acoustics, Washburn electric, AKG c1000s and Rode NT3 mics, line 6 pod, and other stuff. Favourite software Cakewalk, without a doubt.
Why this name?
It is a variation on the name of a red run I particularly enjoyed in the French ski resort of Les Arcs. It doesn't mean anything. It just looks nice.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The Internet has given people access to music they may otherwise never have heard, which has made a huge difference. Also the other way round, artists have exposure they would never otherwise have had
I am the band. I began playing many years ago while at Leeds University, where I met the illustrious and very brilliant John Dunford, and later played occasionally in local pubs and other venues with my long-time friend Ian Bocock, RIP, and others, under the name of Final Daze, and subsequently The Things That Go Like That. For the last few years I have been a one-man band, writing and recording my own material.