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Me and my money: Nick Kelly

The filmmaker, songwriter and singer would prefer more time off than extra money

Published 23/02/2010 | 05:00

MUSICIAN Nick Kelly is clear that time off to do what he wants is much more valuable than more money.

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"I'm not a particularly techie guy, but I have some existential guilt that as a musician in the 21st century I should be able record my own music rather than pay someone else to press the buttons. Hence there's a fair number of imposing recording gadgets still in their boxes in my study," he said.

"My best ever buy would have to be the £40 Concerter sunburst acoustic guitar I bought at the age of 14. I still use it in the studio sometimes where it regularly outperforms instruments 40 times more costly.

"My biggest waste of money? Sunday newspapers, bicycle lamps (lose them on a more or less weekly basis) and clip-on guitar tuners (ditto).

"I have a mortgage and, despite fairly deep reservations, a pension plan. And I do squirrel away little bits of money for future projects.

"If I could buy anything, regardless of price, it would be world peace, health and happiness for my friends and family, and, if there was any change, a Rickenbacker 12 string.

"We've a 2003 Honda Civic, bought second hand -- can't remember how much we paid. I mostly cycle, though. My last bike cost €200 second hand after my fancy €700 one was nicked.

"If I won the Lotto, I would pay off my mortgage, buy a really nice new bike with the strongest lock known to man, and take a trip to Antarctica. Money is not that important. Doing something fulfilling is priceless."



  • Nick Kelly is a singer, songwriter, musician and filmmaker. His current project 'Gestation' takes place on the last Wednesday of every month until May 2010 upstairs in Whelans, Dublin.


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