'I have bizarre outbursts': St Vincent on tour burnout and what helps her recharge

 St Vincent
 St Vincent Credit: Getty Images

Annie Clark, aka the musician St Vincent, 37, says Pilates, tacos  and champagne are the secrets to a city-hopping lifestyle

I live between LA, Dallas and New York – I’ve grown up touring, so can only be somewhere for two weeks before I want to move on. In Los Angeles, I wake up at 7.30am, have some caffeine and work out for an hour. I do hot Pilates or a circuit-training boot camp five times a week at a gym that is usually pretty private,  but once the paparazzi got a  picture of me leaving looking  very sweaty. It turned out they thought I was Laura Prepon from Orange Is the New Black. 

I come home and get straight into my studio, where I write, or work on music. Usually there’s a conference call about one of my creative-direction projects, such as Souvenir, the London pop-up champagne bar I’ve designed with Veuve Clicquot. Or it could be something in film, or designing guitars. I get back to the music, then stop around 8pm, to get margaritas and tacos for dinner.

When I’m touring, I use a lot of physical and emotional energy: it’s often five shows a week. You don’t necessarily realise how much it gets to you. I know when I have bizarre outbursts of irrational emotions that I need to meditate, or take a day off to reset when I’m really fried. I’m better at managing it now. As soon as I get back to the hotel I shower, not just to get rid of the sweat but also the residual energy. It’s funny how quickly you can go from this otherworldly experience of being on stage to watching Law & Order in your pyjamas.

Souvenir, 22-23 November,  6a Langley Street, London WC2H

My favourite…

… going-out outfit

Credit: Matches Fashion

Matty Bovan is an amazing British designer, who has made me a part-matador, part-Helen of Troy outfit to wear at the Souvenir opening. Blouse, £660, Matty Bovan (matchesfashion.com)

… play

Credit: Manuel Harlan

When I was in London I saw Bitter Wheat, by David Mamet, with John Malkovich. You think about humanity and just how pathetic the protagonist is. I think it will age well.

… place to shop

Credit: pamono.co.uk

Online marketplace Pamono sells a mix of great vintage and contemporary homegoods. I love the Verner Panton chairs, £563, Verner Panton

… book

Credit: Faber & Faber

I’m currently reading Coventry, the book of Rachel Cusk essays (Faber & Faber, £14.99).  I like to read it in the afternoon if  I take a break in  the studio. 

… restaurant

Credit: residenttaqueria.com

Resident Taqueria, which is my sister and brother-in-law’s taqueria in Dallas, Texas. They opened it a couple of years ago and I was the waitress on their opening night

… birthday gift

Credit: Getty

Cara [Delevingne, Annie’s ex-girlfriend] gave me a guitar signed by David Bowie for my birthday. She’s a very good present giver.

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