Vulture Magazine Chats with Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt, the man with the ginger head noodles and the voice of unicorn sex, can do no wrong. Literally. Nothing. He is straight fire, and his recent time in Australia for Splendour in the Grass and the his emotive side shows, proved that to the rest of the country (cuz we already knew he was rad, you guys needed to catch up).

Garratt jetted into Melbourne for his max capacity show at 170 Russell, and before he hit the stage and made us whimper with joy at his brilliant performance, we sat down at brunch with the lad and did the old Vulture trick of turning his song titles into some intrusive questions to find out that little bit more behind the man with the beard of glory.

COALESCE (SYNESTHESIA PT II): If your soul mate was a food, what would it be?

JACK GARRATT: Pancakes and bacon and eggs, a little bit of everything. That’s the one meal I would eat for the rest of my life if there were no moral and or health implications what so ever. It would be pancakes, bacon and eggs forever and ever. It’s the greatest thing in the world, it’s beautiful- cover the whole thing in maple syrup, it’s beautiful, it’s amazing (at this point we gasp in sheer terror) Don’t knock it until you try it! If you haven’t tasted it you don’t know what heaven tastes like.

BREATHE LIFE: Do you know CPR or any first aid?

JACK GARRATT: Yes, I do. I trained as a primary school teacher and was a teaching assistant at a primary school for a year and that’s before I went to university, so it’s DEFINITELY expired. I did have a first aid certificate for awhile; I worked for and alongside a boy who had cerebral palsy so part of my basic training was to be able to take care of him and or everyone else. I don’t really remember much of it. I remember how to give CPR to an infant- that’s the one thing I remember.

FAR CRY: When was the last time you openly wept?

JACK GARRATT: I’m an emotional guy, I keep myself open to sobbing as regularly as possible but I may remember watching ‘Inside Out’ on a plane and just, going for it. I’ve never cried at a film, ever, and that was the first time I did. Don’t know why. I think it was the flying. They have a name for it and I can’t remember…it’s very funny though, everyone cries when they watch sad movies on planes. It’s just a thing that people do.

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WEATHERED: Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring?

JACK GARRATT: I am an Autumn baby and for some reason because of that I find myself most comfortable in this kind of scenario (Melbourne weather)- cold air, brisk, slight breeze but sunny- that’s just my absolute dream, that;s why i love Copenhagen in the Summer, it constantly feels like that state of weather in Denmark.

WORRY: What was the last thing you were really, genuinely worried about?

JACK GARRATT: Everything! Everything, always and forever. Flying. I worry about it a lot and I worry about it all the time. Flying is..or was I should say, a really big deal for me because it was something I had to do all the time but something I never felt comfortable or confident doing. I’m a very nervous flyer but I took a course a couple of days ago before I took the flight out here, a ‘Flying with Confidence’ course that British Airways offer and I did that really intensive course which essentially just slaps you around the face. It’s amazing.

THE LOVE YOU’RE GIVEN: Have you ever wanted someone even though you knew it wouldn’t end well?

JACK GARRATT: Yeah, often when I was much younger- actually a lot of my songs are about this particular kind of subject- when I was younger I was obsessed with just like handing my emotions over to girls I knew who wouldn’t reciprocate it or who weren’t interested, like just as a kid, I’m talking about the age when you start to realise how powerful your emotions are and I was just obsessed with giving them away because I saw it as some sort of martyrdom for some strange reason but actually it was just self inflicting pain for the sake of the attention for it. But that’s where I feel a lot of my songs come from, almost in a kind of psychopathic kind of way- thinking you’re a martyr, thinking you’re sacrificing yourself for a noble cause, kind of for the sake of somebody else but the other person doesn’t really care and or know so essentially you’re just ruining yourself for the sake of your own need and lust for attention. Yeah, its a weird one.

I KNOW ALL WHAT I DO: What do you know so well you could do it blindfolded?

JACK GARRATT: Probably the show! That would be a really fun test actually, we should do it. I’ve done the show enough times now, the way I do it is just me on stage with all these things around me- oh I bet I could! Definitely playing, definitely performing because so much of that is- there’s a weird thing about being a musician or being an artist of some kind, having some kind of craft that has some kind of input from the soul because…oh I can’t remember who said it or who came up with the theory that to be a master of something there’s a suggestion that you should put in at least 10,000 hours, and you know with..I don’t rehearse that much because, you know what people say, “practice makes perfect” but I find practice makes routine and I don’t like that, I don’t like knowing that you can blindly go up somewhere and just you know, do the same thing every time. I think yeah, when you’re a doctor or a surgeon then yeah that’s kind of necessary to be able to blindly go into your profession knowing that no matter what the outcome will always be the same. But I feel like art in particular the outcome should be different every time. But I trust my body when I walk out on to the stage that it will take care of me and then I can just let it do what it does and I can just concentrate on the emotional performance and the kind of presentation of the song and respectful presentation of the lyrics and melody and, kind of, bring the soul to the shell of the performance. But yeah, I think that if I took out all of the emotion and closed my eyes, yeah, probably the show. God that would be really funny, we should do that! That would be hilarious!

Jack Garratt’s debut record, Phase, is available now.

Images: Michelle Pitiris

Michelle Pitiris

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