My Weekend: Rowan Bastable

Rowan Bastable
Rowan Bastable

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Rowan Bastable is a music producer and frontman of Guide Award-nominated band Kassassin Street, who released their second EP, Moloko Vellocet last year. He’s 23 and lives in North End. Here he describes his favourite things to do at the weekend.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

I travelled around India for the second time in February. I feel a real connection with the country, its people and their culture. Indian music and art captivates me and the culture shock of cities like Mumbai and Jaipur is an assault on the senses, and one that I enjoy.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

Tame Impala in London in October and they utterly blew me away. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and have waited eagerly for them to travel from Australia here to play. They play their own blend of lo-fi psychedelic rock that’s mesmerising. It’s my kind of pop music.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story in London. It was really cleverly staged and the sets looked fantastic.

The last book you read?

William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch. I really like surrealist literature. It was not an easy read, mind, and certainly not for the faint-hearted.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

I watch Jurassic Park on a weekly basis. It’s hands-down the best film ever made.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Listening to music, accompanied by too much red wine, preferably shiraz or Chateauneuf du Pape, and a Mars bar.

What do you watch on TV and which TV programmes do you avoid?

I despise reality TV with a passion. It’s so brain-numbing. I do like a good Louis Theroux documentary though.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Natalie Portman (pictured below), I’d like to spend a weekend learning the dance moves from Black Swan.

Where do you shop?

I recently bought a cool T-shirt from local clothing company Sunken Clothing. It has sloths on the breast pocket. I like supporting Independent stores when I can plus you won’t bump into 20 people in the same jumper on a night out.

Where do you eat out?

Sakura on Albert Road. I love sushi. Try their Volcano Rolls and Teriyaki Salmon.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?

Fajitas. I make my own tortillas and I specialise in guacamole. It’s all about the spring onions and coriander!

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

The Fat Fox or The One-Eyed Dog on Albert Road. There’s always a good atmosphere in the student pubs and they play my kind of music!

Where’s good for a day out locally?

The Southsea Bandstand in summer. We played there last year to the biggest crowd we’ve ever had. It’s a day out for everyone.