Father John Misty: ‘Which living person do I most despise? Oh, he knows’ | Life and style

BOrn in Maryland, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), 41, moved to Seattle in 2002, where he worked in a bakery and began recording music. In 2008 he joined Fleet Foxes as a drummer and toured with the band for four years while continuing to work on solo material. In 2012, he released Fear Fun, his first album under the name Father John Misty. His second, I Love You, Honeybear, received critical acclaim. In April his latest album, Chloë and the Next 20th Century, entered the UK album charts at number 2. He will tour the UK next year. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.

When were you happiest?
Whenever it was, it was likely that I felt really miserable, destitute and alone.

What is your biggest fear?
Being thrown into a well.

What is your first memory?
Don’t enjoy sleep training.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Grace Zabriskie – her style; her woodworking.

What is the quality you most regret in yourself?
I was constantly bored.

Aside from a home, what’s the most expensive you have? purchased?
And the joke.

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What is your most treasured possession?
My teeth.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?
I had a very sweet conversation with my father where he told me he didn’t understand what my life was like until he saw A Star is Born. I went with you.

What makes you unhappy?
Very often I sit down to write a song and find that I have absolutely no passion for writing songs.

What do you like least about your appearance?
Sometimes I can’t believe my attitude.

If you could bring something that is extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Duets to the death.

What is your most unattractive habit?
Act distant and withdrawn and then ask my wife if something is wrong. Biting my nails too, folding them in half and keeping them in my pocket.

What are you afraid of when you get older?
This increasingly realistic view of what is possible.

What book are you ashamed of not having read?
I don’t know how many people I’ve told that, “Yeah, I… to have read that book by Ken Kesey about Oregon and the lumberjack family. It is awesome …”

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A mutated turtle ninja.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Sports radio.

Have you ever said “I love you” without meaning it?
Sometimes answering an “I love you” with drunken acquaintances is an act of mercy. Still doesn’t feel great.

Which living person do you most despise, and why?
Oh, he knows.

What did you dream about last night?
I found a giant reptile and fed the grain.

What thing would improve the quality of your life?
A hit.

What was your closest contact with the law?
The first time I ever touched a girl intimately was in a park after hours, eventually under the spotlight of a police car. We were frozen for so long that the cop said he thought we were dead.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Absolutely everyone is working on it.

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