EMER­SON BAR­RETT, 21, DRUMS

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“I started get­ting into draw­ing when I moved to LA – I was 15, and I dropped out of school. I’ve got an art ex­hi­bi­tion com­ing up on Fe­bru­ary 8 at the Pa­cific De­sign Cen­ter in Hol­ly­wood, which fea­tures some col­lab­o­ra­tions with [Ital­ian royal de­scen­dant] Prince Lorenzo De’ Medici. He pulled one of his fam­ily’s pieces out of a vault at the Vat­i­can, painted on it and then gave it to me and said,‘you can do what­ever you want with it.’ That was a huge op­por­tu­nity for me.

“The beauty of be­ing in this band is that I’ve been able to live in my own world.the philoso­pher Alan Watts said,‘if the fool were to per­sist in his folly he would be­come wise,’ and I didn’t un­der­stand that un­til I ex­isted in my own mad­ness. I iso­lated my­self so much that I cre­ated my own uni­verse of art and mu­sic. So many kids come up to me and say,‘i wish I had the con­fi­dence to dress and talk like you – I don’t know how you do it.’ And I com­pletely un­der­stand what they’re say­ing, be­cause when you’re knocked down by kids in school or your par­ents, it can get to you and break your char­ac­ter, and you change to be like ev­ery­one else. But in the long run, you’ll re­alise that these weird im­per­fec­tions are the things that ac­tu­ally make you per­fect.

“In my fam­ily, my in­di­vid­ual think­ing was al­ways cel­e­brated and I was en­cour­aged to keep do­ing it – my broth­ers were al­ways proud of me. Now, I stand at 21 and I have such con­fi­dence. Ev­ery­one seems to be so in­volved in their egos, their drug ad­dic­tions or just gen­er­ally be­ing an id­iot nowa­days, and my im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion to all of that is the ex­act op­po­site; to be pro­found and think about the sig­nif­i­cant things in life. Ev­ery day I’m push­ing con­ver­sa­tions to­wards be­ing some­what ex­is­ten­tial and philo­soph­i­cal. Most peo­ple get weirded-out by it, but there’s so much mean­ing in life, and I see ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion with some­one new as an op­por­tu­nity to talk about beau­ti­ful things.”

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