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Jamie Cullum / Blog

Consume In Massive Quantities

Ok. I'm not gonna lie. The album and tour of catching tales finished with our Tokyo gig back in December; emotionally it felt like the bookend to an incredible 18 months. So repacking my suitcase for our little mini "tourette'" recently was much more like packing for a holiday. I only remembered at the last minute to throw in some footwear that was something other than flip-flops. Yes, I'm a beach monkey. I writhe around in the sun, read, splash around in the water, drink ice-cold beers and listen to the waves happy as anything. So the opportunity to do this for a week in March bookended by a couple of shows was too much to pass up. You'll forgive me for treating it like a holiday. We had a great time in Jakarta, Bali and Dubai - I had no idea that we would pull such large audiences at both gigs. It was a nice surprise. When you are at home writing songs on your own you forget there is an audience out there. The Jakarta gig was great fun, but I was in holiday mode so I'm gonna tell you about the partying instead. We danced till sunrise and enjoyed the hospitality of the indonesians while both the sun and the rain beat down in equal measure. I discovered a new drink (Chivas Regal with iced green tea) which I proceeded to consume in massive quantities. I was stunned to turn up at a groovy club (Embassy) and discover that my favourite DJ, Laurent Garnier, was spinning. I threw myself around while the filthy basslines and spluttering beats burst out of the speakers. On the plane to Bali I realised my legs actually hurt from all this exertion. Who needs the gym? We were lucky to be on the bill with our friends from the Kyle Eastwood band, who my brother sings with occasionally when you can get him out of the studio. I can't go into too much detail, but lets just say that it's better for all our health that we don't tour... Read more at jamiecullum.com