Eat, sleep and breathe: The Vocal Orchestra

The beatboxing group's Robin Bailey shares their touring habits


This article is from 2012.

Eat, sleep and breathe: The Vocal Orchestra

What time is breakfast?
Normally around 10am as we tend to have gigs that go on quite late into the evenings, but earlier brekkie in rehearsal periods.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee for sure, preferably latte.

Smoking or non-smoking?
Non-smoking (mainly.)

Sweet or savoury snacks?
Both, but sweet if given the option.

What food do you miss when you’re on tour?
Pesto, pasta, salmon and peas – which is probably the most consumed meal in my life. And porridge.

Who’s the best cook you know?
My girlfriend’s dad, Mo.

What’s on your rider?
Lots of water bottles, radio mics, patient, lovely sound men as we’re quite a challenging group to do sound checks for.

Which country/ city has the best food?
Spain – love that tapas vibe.

Do you eat out a lot?
As much as my wallet allows; my cooking is more functional than exciting.

Do you drink onstage?
Well, in the current show I’m off stage for approximately 4.5 seconds so booze is not an option sadly, just quick gulps of water as and when.

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