The 405's Phil Smithies recently caught up with C Duncan for our latest Behind the Scenes feature, which is full to the brim with stunning photography (what else would you expect from Smithies?). We also managed to quiz Mr. Duncan about touring, which starts of sour, but ends sweet. Check it all out below.

"I have to admit, touring has never been my favourite part of being a musician. I am most comfortable when at home writing and recording music. It's the creative side that interests me most, although I'm aware that in order to continue writing and recording music I must tour it. That being said, touring this time around has, to my surprise, been very comfortable and rewarding. With hotels, a van and driver booked we embarked on our tour with considerably more style than previous attempts (which included touring around in a horse box for a month...)

"Starting with a string of dates in the UK including a sold out show in Union Chapel (photos of which can be found below), myself and my band's confidence on stage has grown - largely due to having our own sound engineer now. On previous tours we never knew who would be doing sound for us, where we would stay, and how many people would show up to see us, so having this stability each day has really put me at ease. Another treat from this tour was that we finally got to play 5 shows in France ending with a gig in Paris - my favourite city in the world. And contrary to what I had been told, the French audiences were great! Very encouraging, attentive, expressive and extremely friendly. Can't wait to go back!

"As I write this we are on the ferry back from France and raring to play our final 4 shows of the tour starting in Southampton, feeling refreshed and now fully in the groove of playing live.

"All in all, my feelings towards touring has changed. I will always love being at home recording music, but I've learned over the last few weeks that being on the road ain't so bad - in fact, it's pretty great!"

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