Stu Larsen returns to The Bodega on Sunday!

This Sunday one of the loveliest guys in the industry returns to The Bodega to play a show and we are dead excited. We caught up with him to discuss his album, touring and what it's like playing in Nottingham...

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Thanks for making the stop off at Bodega again! We’re really looking forward to the show. Do you enjoy coming to play in Nottingham?

I love playing in Nottingham! I think this will be my 6th or 7th time playing there over the last few years, sometimes with Passenger and sometimes on my own :) I loved being able to sneak on stage with Passenger late last year to sing Heart's On Fire with him at Rock City before flying out to tour Australia. I'm really looking forward to getting back to Bodega again very soon!

Amazingly you seem to be on tour a lot of the time. What are your favourite things about being on tour and do you ever miss being at home?

I love being on the road. I have been moving around the globe constantly for the last 5 years normally just staying in each city for 2-3 days before heading to the next. The best thing about constantly travelling is that I get to catch up with friends in each city as I visit and I love being able to re-visit my favourite pubs and cafes along the way also. Whenever I'm in Nottingham I try to stop in for a beer at Ye Old Trip To Jerusalem.

Ahhh, the good old Trip! Your debut album came out last year, are you happy with the response it’s received? What’s your favourite song to play off it?

It's amazing to hear people talk about my album in such a positive way, I feel very lucky. I think my favourite song to play off Vagabond is San Francisco, the chorus is as true today as it was when I wrote it - 'I won't know where I'm going 'til I get there'.

You’ve visited some amazing countries during your time on tour. Which of them stand out for you?

Japan. It's been my favourite country for so long and I can't see that changing. I love the people, so respectful and thoughtful. I love the food, nothing beats a bowl of Miso Ramen or some Salmon Nigiri :) There is also something so captivating about the culture, new and old, merging into one.

We had a feeling you'd say Japan! Does travelling often inspire your songwriting?

I'm mostly inspired by old Spice Girls videos these days, but previously I have been hugely inspired by the places I visit and the people I meet along the way, everyone has a story to tell and it's amazing to have the opportunity to hear so many people's stories as I travel.

Tickets for Stu's show on Sunday are available here.