ON the road with… Tourettes: rapper poet wunderkind.

Dominic Hoey: poet performer wunderkind.

Dominic Hoey: poet performer wunderkind.

Midway through his national tour with Will Wood, rapper poet wunderkind Dominic Hoey a.k.a Tourettes stopped in for a cerebral chat with ONmag.

What’s it like being ON the road with Will Wood?

It’s great. The shows are going really well and Will’s a great traveling companion. I don’t have my license so he does all the driving while we listen to podcasts about politics and MMA and eat avocado sandwiches.

Highlights of the tour so far?

Wellington was so cool. Packed show and a really attentive crowd. Also staying in a boat house on the shores of the Marlborough Sounds was pretty magical. Would have been romantic if it wasn’t me and Will wandering around in our underwear drinking whisky.

Your spoken word is known for being subversive and wry. In what ways can poetry be a protest?

I think artists have an obligation to stand up and be heard when times are as grim as they are now. I think having a voice that people listen to is a responsibility.

Where do ideas come from?

Usually someone whispers them to me in my head around 1 am, and then I have to sit up all night trying to make them work.
What wakes you up in the middle of the night?
The whispering.
Which living person do you most admire?
Mostly friends and family. I’m blessed to have a lot of strong and brave people in my life. As far as someone I don’t know, probably Patti Smith.

If we tipped out your suitcase, what would we find?
Arthritis medication, a William S Boroughs biography, dirty socks and lots of copies of my poetry book which I’m hawking at my shows.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
There’s  no such thing as talent: everything comes down to hard work.

Define creativity in five words or less.
The whispering.

Favourite album?

Tom Waits – Real Gone

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Jennifer Lawrence

What would your autobiography be called?

Get a real job.

The best thing about Friday is…

I’m freelance so weekends don’t mean much unless I’m performing. In which case it means showing off and drinking beer.

Who are your dream dinner party guests?

Elvis and Trotsky.

What would you cook for them?

Vegan pizza and vodka.

What do you like best about collaboration?

Getting pushed out of your comfort zone and creating something that you look back at and can’t believe that it came out of your collective brains.

What are you reading/watching/listening to at the moment?

I’m reading the aforementioned Boroughs biography, watching Horris and Pete and listening to The Drones – To think That I once Loved you.
What’s ON for Autumn?

I want to get a Swandry with a hood and write a one man show about my disease (ankylosing spondylitis).

What’s off?

Not been able to find any of my warm clothes. Where did they all go!

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