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On the road with… Tiffany Calver

The DJ and BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter talks about where to party in Paris, horror accommodation in Amsterdam and tour bus dos and don’ts

What is your favourite on-the-road moment?

In 2018, I toured the UK with rapper Fredo and I soon learned the strict rule that you only ever do a number one on the bus — never a number two. We’d played in Manchester and on the way south someone did a number two after the driver had told us it was forbidden. I was awoken by a livid bus driver having a go at Fredo and the other boys.

Make some noise: Calver will play Lost & Found in May, while her highlights include the Louvre and a fridge magnet featuring Slovakia’s Cumil The Sewer Worker (below)

And your favourite city?

Paris. Every time I’m there the energy of the crowd is unbeatable. I recently played at the Hotel Les Bains for Naked Wolfe’s Paris Fashion Week party but one of my favourite clubs is Silencio on rue Montmartre, which is a private club designed by the film director David Lynch in collaboration with the designer Raphael Navot (silencio-club.com/en). All of the venues I play at are near monuments so my Instagram is peppered with funny late-night selfies of me and my mates posing by the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

What have you ever taken from a hotel room?

Everything. I take everything within legal boundaries. It’s all coming with me and you can guarantee I’ll have a hotel notebook and pen on me at all times because you never know when you’re going to have a good idea and need to write it down.

What’s the worst meal you’ve had abroad?

I pride myself on trying new food in different countries and have never been afraid to eat snails, frog’s legs and unidentifiable meat but I have to say going on tour with a bunch of boys who will only eat McDonald’s or KFC for an entire month and do not eat vegetables was my worst experience. I avoid fast food — especially since then — and have even managed to get them to ‘upgrade’ from KFC to Nando’s.

What’s the best souvenir you’ve come home with?

On my rider I request that the promoter gets me the ugliest fridge magnet they can find so my fridge is covered in a collection of the worst magnets you’ve ever seen. My favourites are a pornographic one from Antwerp, Belgium, and a magnet from Slovakia decorated with their flag, Cumil The Sewer Worker and Grassalkovich Palace. I also have a pair of clogs from Amsterdam that I love and wear regularly.

Where’s best place you’ve spent the night?

I always stay at The Hoxton in Paris because they remember me and the hospitality is amazing. It’s a beautiful hotel in a former 18th-century residence. I like the way they do things and they know what I like so everything’s easy and comfortable. It feels like a second home (rooms from £203, thehoxton.com).

Where’s the strangest place you’ve spent the night?

I got booked to play in Amsterdam and when I stepped into my hotel room I felt like I was in a horror film. The walls were red, the only light in the room was a lamp, the sheets were the roughest and access was only granted via a dark corridor and some twisting stairs. I convinced myself I would get murdered if I slept there. I couldn’t sleep at all.

Triumphant: Calver with her mates at the Arc de Triomphe

Where are you going next?

I’m so excited about my headline show at Village Underground because I haven’t played a headline show in London for a very long time. I’m playing at AMP Lost & Found Festival in Malta (April 30 to May 3, tickets from £119.90, lostandfoundfestival.com), and I want to explore Japan. I can speak pretty good Japanese because I learned it as a child but I’ve never been there.

The Tiffany Calver & Friends headline show is at Village Underground, Shoreditch, January 31, tickets at villageunderground.co.uk