Music Q&A:
Andrew McMahon

The US singer-songwriter is touring his second album Zombies On Broadway. He plays Manchester's Deaf Institute, 24 May

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What informs your music and songwriting?
I’ve always written in a mostly autobiographical fashion. I travel extensively and wait for vivid scenery to coincide with inspiring stories and go from there.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?

I think I’ve become much more of a collaborator with each project. I find that adding the unique perspectives of other artists into my work has helped me to expand my palette as a writer and producer.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Touring Zombies has become an insanely creative process. The show has become an extension of the collaborations I’ve mentioned. We are constantly experimenting visually to bring these songs to life in new meaningful ways.

What’s on your rider?

It’s pretty basic really. Water, wine, tea, Kind bars, veggies, sandwich items and Morning Star veggie nuggets.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I was a new kid at school in eighth grade and rode my bicycle into a fence in front of the morning procession of students onto campus. I was known as Fence Boy for a few weeks.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun.

What’s your worst lyric?
I’ll let you decide.

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