What was the first concert you ever attended? How old were you?
The first person I saw in concert was Adam Ant. I was probably 14 or 15.
What do you remember about the performance?
I remember that he was wearing jeans so utterly shredded that they didn't really qualify as pants anymore. And, simply, that it was a lot of fun for a deeply religious, sheltered kid to be at a concert.
How do you think that experience affected you as an artist?
It's the first time I ever saw anyone work the room. There was a store in suburbia called Mutts & Butts that sold dog food and cigarettes. And Adam Ant made a joke about the store - it was him sharing local, insider knowledge, a nod to the place he was performing. I have no idea why my teenage self would note that, but it did.