What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience?I was playing my first ever show in Japan for a very enthusiastic audience. We were just getting into the vibe of the show when the power cut out and the venue went entirely black. The fans were extremely polite and just waited and waited in the dark. Despite a lot of effort there was nothing that could be done and the show just petered out in a huge anticlimax.
Which of your songs is your favorite and why? My favorite song of mine is "Wild in the Streets" which was my first hit. I'm still really proud of it, and it's been widely covered, most memorably by California punk pioneers The Circle Jerks. The song has become a kind of anthem for the skater community and it was recently voted # 7 of 60 All Time Best Songs about New York City by The Village Voice.
What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? Van Morrison, Van Morrison, Van Morrison.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I idolized the singer Frankie Lymon of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. We were almost the same age, looked kind of alike and he inspired me to be a singer. He came from New York too. His voice was so unique and full of joy.
What is your favorite phrase? Easy does it but do it.
What would most people be surprised to learn about you? I think people are always surprised when they see me after a show and see how much I love to connect with my fans. It's almost better than performing, that's how much I get out of it. I make myself available to people and sometimes even get to help them through challenging situations. I truly love people.