Interview: Albert Hammond Jr

The Waterfront’s Harry Ballmann put questions to The Strokes’ guitarist gone solo – Albert Hammond Jr.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals or habits?

I try and break a sweat.

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study and did you have a university or teenage band?

I went for a year of film school. I had a teenage band called Spooky Couch with my friend Matt Roveto.

What’s the best gig you’ve played?

They are only getting better, but Santa Ana and Los Angeles, California on this last Momentary Masters tour were both amazing.

What’s the reason behind your album title ‘Momentary Masters’?

Gut feeling …

What’s your favourite song that you have written, the one you’re the most proud of?

I don’t have favourites. It limits my emotional experience.

Who do you consider to be your musical influences?

Music; preferably good music …

Do you have an inspiration for writing music, or is it just something you love?

I fell in love with the idea of it as a kid; now I love all the little processes that come with creating something from nothing.

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you on stage?

I signed a boob.

How does it feel to have your own band, compared to being part of The Strokes?

I hope to take my band to the same heights. Each member is incredibly talented and I hope we can build something special together.