It’s been a minute since we last checked in with treehouse dwelling LA resident BØRNS – aka Garrett Borns – when we ended up talking about compost toilets and cooking with racoons (as you do). With his new Lana Del Rey featuring record Blue Madonna out now (via Polydor), we thought we’d drop him a line to ask him all the essential questions.
What’s your worst habit?
When I meet a person I get too absorbed into how they speak and their mannerisms that I never remember their name.
Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had…
Last night was an endless loop of birds flying in strange formations.
Do you believe in magic?
Yes. But only the fake kind which consequently makes it real.
Who is the most famous person in your dm’s?
The Zombies tweeted me one time.
Is Britney happy now?
How do you know my alter-ego?
What three super powers would you like?
Being a bird, eating a worm and laying an egg. Those are super powers right?
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I lost my retainer on my first tour and haven’t worn it since.
What are you scared of?
Not living up to the expectations of my 10-year-old self.
Is punk dead?
It might actually be the only thing living after our brains are fried from technology and bubblegum.
If you could go back in time, when and where would you go?
The last few weeks. They were so busy I can’t remember a single day.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
When I was 17, I played a show at a biker bar and a very large man with a face tat told me I had the voice of an angel. Not really advice but reassuring nonetheless.
What’s your greatest regret?
Not telling that barista I loved her.
How was high school?
Is sex important to you?
Sexual energy, yes. It’s the fuel of all things.
What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?
My dear old landlady told me my singing sounded like cats fighting.
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
That time I took edibles before a show in Boulder.
Have you ever broken the law?
I walked out of Walmart once wearing sunglasses with the tag attached.
When and why did you last cry?
Probably a few days ago when I had to leave my plants for tour. I watered them with my tears.
Is the glass half full or half empty?
What’s the drink of choice?
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
‘Private Life’ by Grace Jones.
What’s the biggest problem facing humans as a species?
Is celebrity culture going to destroy us all?
Everyone is a celebrity so yes most likely.
Who or what is the biggest threat to the music industry?
Most of the pants I own.
What’s your writing process?
I just speak my songs into my iPhone and Siri adds her creative touch.
What do your family think of your music?
My mom still listens to songs I wrote in 6th grade.
How would you describe your sound?
A plethora of musical spasms.
What would your biography be titled?
That would be up to the author but I’d hope for something flashy like “The Kid Who Was”
What’s for dinner?
Unanswered text messages.