JESSE BAR­NETT

THE HARD­CORE FRONT­MAN READS A LOT, SLEEPS A LOT, AND RECK­ONS HE’D MAKE A GOOD TEACHER…

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AS A KID, I WAS…

“A bit ram­bunc­tious. My mom used to say that rais­ing me was,‘like try­ing to rope the wind!’ I don’t know what it was in me that was a lit­tle over the top. Doc­tors at the time called it ADHD and put me on med­i­ca­tion that sucked the life out of me. Luck­ily, my mother had the fore­sight to say,‘i’d rather have a crazy, cre­ative per­son than an emp­tyin­side ro­bot,’ and took me off it.”

THE PER­SON WHO IN­SPIRES ME MOST IS…

“My mom, be­cause she has so much wis­dom. Un­for­tu­nately, the rea­son why some peo­ple have a lot of wis­dom is be­cause they’ve been through a lot of re­ally hard things. She and I have had a tricky re­la­tion­ship; I ac­tu­ally left the house at a very young age – but I’ve re­alised she was right about ev­ery­thing! In my later years I’ve found we’re able to con­nect on a more adult level than ever be­fore, which is great.”

MY FAVOURITE CITY IN THE WORLD IS…

“Berlin. I love the grime of it, and I ad­mire how they en­cour­age peo­ple to be artists.the first time I went we played SO36, which is right in [cul­tural district] Kreuzberg, and there was Core­tex Records and I was like,‘fuck!’the punk and hard­core ethos wasn’t looked at as an un­der­ground mind­set, it was widely ac­cepted and cel­e­brated!”

I RE­ALISED I WANTED TO BE A MU­SI­CIAN WHEN…

“I met my sixth grade mu­sic teacher, Miss Strand. I didn’t have too many friends, so I would go to her class­room and hang out at lunchtime be­cause we could play our own mu­sic. I would show her some punk and she would show me some clas­si­cal or jazz, and she would make the con­nec­tions be­tween them.”

DUR­ING DOWN­TIME ON TOUR I LIKE TO…

“Watch lec­tures on Youtube. I stum­bled across Sir Ken Robin­son’s lec­ture, Do Schools Kill Cre­ativ­ity?, re­cently. He talks about how the way we’re taught to stig­ma­tise mis­takes means a lot of cre­ative peo­ple be­lieve they’re not.when I heard that, I got so emo­tional I broke down. I was told,‘you hate school be­cause you’re lazy,’ and here was this bril­liant per­son speak­ing, it felt, on my be­half. I felt born again!”

MY NON-MU­SI­CAL PAS­SION IS…

“De­sign. I like things that are aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing, and I think it gives my brain re­lief, be­cause so much of my world is sonic, whether it’s lis­ten­ing to mu­sic or talk­ing to peo­ple. I also love pho­tog­ra­phy. I’ve al­ways got my cam­era and film and all that fuck­ing hip­ster shit. I find an enor­mous joy in that.” WHEN I GET HOME FROM TOUR, THE FIRST THING I DO IS… “Sleep! Tour­ing is ex­haust­ing, and I’m an anx­ious flyer, so no mat­ter how long the flight is, I can’t sleep. All the ex­haus­tion adds up, so when I get home I fall into my bed and I stay dead for 12 hours. My dog loves it too – he and I will get into the bed, put on a movie, and I won’t even make it through the open­ing cred­its!” THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY RE­LA­TION­SHIP WITH MY DAD WAS… “The Road by Cor­mac Mccarthy. It’s the story of a fa­ther try­ing to do the best for his son as they deal with this post-apoc­a­lyp­tic world. My dad was in Viet­nam, and we come from very dif­fer­ent places. I used to hold a lot of frus­tra­tion and blame for my fa­ther, but he was just do­ing the best he could.”

IF I WEREN’T A MU­SI­CIAN, I WOULD PROB­A­BLY BE…

“An ed­u­ca­tor. I would love to teach young kids, like kinder­garten or first grade, be­cause they’re so full of life and their cre­ative ca­pac­ity hasn’t been de­stroyed yet. I also love learn­ing, and my favourite teach­ers grow­ing up were the ones you could see were not only ed­u­cat­ing us, but they were learn­ing some­thing from us, too.”

MY FAVOURITE MOVIES ARE…

“Un­der­dog sto­ries, like sports movies where you’re deal­ing with this per­son who’s against all the odds. But I’m also a movie fan in the sense that I love go­ing to the cin­ema. It’s such a great piece of Amer­i­cana, and I can sit through some pretty hor­rific shit just be­cause I love go­ing to the movies.”

“I CAN SIT THROUGH HOR­RIFIC SHIT JUST BE­CAUSE I LOVE GO­ING TO THE MOVIES…” ● JESSE BAR­NETT●

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