B.Maryland-born 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 became the drummer for Fleet Foxes and spent four years touring with the band 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 last album, Chloë and the next 20th century, entered the UK album charts at number 2. Next year he will tour the UK. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.
When were you happiest?
Whatever it was, I probably actually felt miserable, helpless, and alone.
What is your biggest fear?
Being thrown into a well.
What is your first memory?
Not enjoying sleep training.
Which living person do you admire the most and why?
Grace Zabriskie: her style; her carpentry.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I am constantly bored.
Apart from a property, what is the most expensive thing you have bought?
And the joke.
What is your most prized possession?
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
I had a very sweet conversation with my father where he told me that he didn’t understand what my life was like until he saw A Star Is Born. I went with it
What makes you unhappy?
So 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 position.
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
Deal to death.
What is your most unpleasant habit?
Act distant and withdrawn, then ask my wife if something is wrong. Also biting my nails, folding them in half and putting them in my pocket.
What scares you about getting old?
This increasingly realistic conception of what is possible.
What book are you ashamed you haven’t read?
I don’t know how many people I’ve said that to, “Yes, I to have read that Ken Kesey book about Oregon and the logging family. It’s it is incredible …”
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A mutant ninja turtle.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Have you ever said ‘I love you’ without meaning to?
Sometimes reciprocating “I love you” with drunken acquaintances is an act of mercy. He still doesn’t feel well.
Which living person do you despise the most and why?
What did you dream last night?
I found a giant reptile and was feeding it grain.
What one thing would improve the quality of your life?
What has been your closest brush with the law?
The first time I intimately touched a girl was in a park after hours, eventually under the spotlight of a patrol car. We were frozen so long the officer said he thought we were dead.
What is the most important lesson that life has taught you?
Absolutely everyone is improvising.