Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Jeremy Messersmith

Musician Jeremy Messersmith photographed in his home in Minneapolis MN April 24th 2013

Celebrated pop tunesmith Jeremy Messersmith's debut on Glassnote Records came out earlier this year. His first show here was awesome and we're psyched to have him back June 11. Get tickets here. Mei did this fun Q&A with Jeremy. Check it out while you listen to his single, "Tourniquet". - Purchase two or more tickets in advance, and you'll receive a signed Jeremy Messersmith poster! - Purchase four or more tickets in advance, and you’ll receive a signed poster and an early entry Meet and Greet with Jeremy Messersmith! *Deadline to qualify: Saturday, June 7th - 11:59pm


Where and when was your first show? 

The Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis, sometime around 2005. As I recall, it was, um, intimate.

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

Dan Wilson, the singer/songwriter and frontman for Semisonic. I learned to play guitar to "Feeling Strangely Fine" and he produced my second record "The Silver City". He has an incredible grasp of melody and his lyrics are often very visual, like a painter (which he is). He has a new solo record coming out next year sometime that I'm excited about.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

My most memorable show was probably performing in the toilet section of a home improvement charity. In Indiana. At9am.

I just played my set as people walked by looking at used plumbing and lighting fixtures. I sold a few cd's, but looking back I get the feeling it was probably pity!

Favorite Food: Risotto. I make it at home frequently, sometimes with mushrooms I forage from the Minnesota woods, and always with toasted hazelnuts. It's also my test dish if I'm visiting a new restaurant to see if they're any good. A friend of mine says that risotto "has a dozen shortcuts, but you can taste every one."

Favorite Drink: The Gatsby, from The Marvel Bar in Minneapolis. It's only Scotch, salt, water, and a couple liqueurs, but it's lovely and understated. http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chefs_recipes/13374/Top_Shelf_%7C_The_Gatsby.htm

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

Oddly enough, there was already a film based on my life that came out a few years ago called "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World." Okay, maybe all the biographical details aren't exactly right, but they certainly got the tone and emotional content.

What two words would best describe your music? Rawkin' Library