We capture a mental fingerprint of some of our musical and cultural heroes and preserve it in cyber-amber for the wonderment of future generations. This is the Insomniac Questionnaire; meet Flux Pavilion.
What was your favorite toy as a child, and when and why did you stop playing with it?
Used to have this toy called Vac-Man that you pump up and make stronger. He was red and made of rubber, and I remember chewing on him when my teeth were coming through. I stopped playing with him when all my teeth arrived and I lost the pump.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Did you take it?
There is a lot of wisdom I have picked up over the years. My mum always taught me to be happy being myself, which I never understood as a kid. But now I’m getting older and it makes more sense to me. She filled me with the sense that individuality is a gift and to take pride in being the person that you are, regardless of what the world says or thinks.
What part of your day do you look forward to most?
When I’m at home, I drink a whiskey in the bath and read a comic most days.
What’s the best time you’ve ever had without spending money?
What is your most treasured possession?
My backpack: I spend more time with it than anything else in the world and it’s got my back.
What is your favorite word?
I love the words melody and harmony.
Do you owe an apology to anyone?
I’m sure I owe many. As soon as they occur to me, they are more often than not delivered. Sometimes it takes a minute to get your head around a situation. If I ever end up feeling I’m in the wrong, I will always apologize.
When is the last time you were really scared?
EDC Vegas weekend; I actually did three shows in 24 hours. After just flying over from the UK, Vegas was the first. By the time we got to the third in Milwaukee, I had hit this wall of tiredness that feels like a dream. But I jumped into my set with full force. Halfway through, someone jumped up onstage and started running toward me. Something about having someone running full sprint toward me with such intent spun me out, and I went into fight or flight mode. The dude was obviously just jumping up to come say hi, but I nearly ran straight out of the building. Not necessarily fear, but I definitely lost it for a second!
What is the last thing you googled?
What’s the last sound you would want to hear before you die?
That’s pretty heavy. The sound of laughter would probably do the trick.
Do you have any recurring dreams or nightmares? If not, what’s the last dream you remember having?
I normally dream about zombies: big fan of zombie movies and shows, too. Someone once said to me it was probably linked to my touring life. I don’t really like being in big crowds, but I fly from city to city hunting them out. I guess my subconscious thinks they are hunting me.
How do you measure success?
Those little wrinkles you get next to your eyes when you smile, the more the better.
If you could have one magical/superpower, what would you want, and why?
Some kind of travel-based power, I reckon. No more flights if I can fly myself.
Have you ever had a brush with the paranormal or supernatural?
I once worked in a pub that was apparently haunted. Some workers were there in the basement once and couldn’t get the door open one morning. When they finally managed to pry it open, there were scratch marks on the inside of the door and fresh wood scraping on the floor. No other way in or out.
What do you remember about your first kiss?
What four words best describe you?
Probably something about music.
What’s the last impulsive thing you did?
Booked a trip to Disneyland to see the Christmas parades.
Do you have a pet? Tell us a story about it/him/her. If not, what is your ideal pet, and what would you want it to do in an ideal world?
I don’t have a pet at the time of writing, but I just got a kitten that we are leaving with its mum for a bit longer. It will be with me in a few months. It’s called Frank Zappa and it’s a blue British longhair.
What is your strongest or best personality trait?
I’m not sure; hard to answer for yourself, really. One thing I like about myself is that I think lots. I like having ideas.
Do you believe in any conspiracy theories or urban legends?
Probably say no as a general rule of thumb; can’t think of anything that springs to mind. Love the Denver airport horse, though. I feel like it’s a Batman figure of Colorado.