Sweet jan­gle­pop and af­fa­ble per­sona have made him cult leader for a new gen­er­a­tion of slack­ers. He’s 27 now, and he’s learned a lot.

Jor­dan Bas­sett

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“I don’t re­ally know what I was think­ing [when I gave out my ad­dress and in­vited fans for cof­fee on ‘My House By The Wa­ter’]. My friends were like, ‘What are you do­ing? They’re go­ing to rob you, they’re go­ing to hurt you.’ But none of that s**t hap­pened, you know? I met a lot of dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple. Some were old and re­ally shy. Some over­stayed their wel­come quite a bit, but that’s

OK. The worst thing was, some young kids were try­ing to drink Smirnoff Ice. I was like, “Yo guys, this is not a bar – the in­vi­ta­tion was for cof­fee!”

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“The se­cret to a long-last­ing re­la­tion­ship? Just lik­ing be­ing around that per­son and want­ing to spend time with them. Kiera [Mcnally] and I have had our ups and downs, but I just like her and have done since I was a kid. We met when we were 13, so when we fi­nally got to­gether seven years ago, it was so ex­cit­ing to have some­thing mon­u­men­tal in my life. Tour­ing is im­pos­si­ble for a re­la­tion­ship, but if you like some­body, it’s go­ing to work out. Me and Kiera have some­thing spe­cial. Hope­fully it keeps work­ing out. I have hope.”

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