An Interview With Irvine Welsh


Bestselling author Irvine Welsh explains why rock & roll and a good book go hand in hand.

Steamrolling over the boundaries of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, Irvine Welsh writes stories that would make your mother blush. Best known for penning Trainspotting, Welsh revisits the silver screen with Ecstasy, a twisted tale that explores the euphoric highs and devastating lows of chemical dependency.

After a recent screening of Ecstasy in Toronto, Irvine Welsh sat down with Tour Death to discuss the music that inspires him to write.

Tour Death: What are some of your favorite bands and what have you been listening to lately?

Irvine Welsh: I’m always looking to music, because it helps me to construct [my] characters. I make up playlists for every character that I write about. I’ve been listening to a lot of British 80s music, because one of the characters I write [about] is very into that, but I’ve also been listening to a lot of country. I’ve got The Cure on one side and Brad Paisley on the other, trying to get into the heads of the characters through the music that they listen to.

NXNE – Tour Death’s Best Bets


NXNE is upon us!

With only 96 hours to see over 800 bands, 45 film screenings, 75 conference panels, and a handful of comedy troupes within the city limits of Toronto, we know time isn’t on our side.  Since we’re music journalists, not marathon runners, we’re scaling things back a bit to give you a short list of our NXNE best bets:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy  

White Rabbits 

Soft Copy

Grass Widow

Orpheum Bell

Pistol George Warren

Army Girls

Young Liars


Daniel Romano

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Black Belles

Smoking Popes

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Of Montreal

The Flaming Lips

Portugal. The Man


The Lumineers

Young Empires


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Amos The Transparent

Killer Mike

If you’re attending NXNE, Tweet (@tourdeath) to let us know what you’re checking out!

Contribution: Thanks to our favorite Canadian (Kim Stemshorn) of For The Trees for  adding to our list!

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