Still just 32, Mike Hadreas spent the early part of his life battling drug and alcohol addiction, and depression surrounding his sexuality. His forthcoming, third LP, ‘Too Bright’, sees the Seattle artist in his most confident state. We asked him to fill in our Getting To Know You questionnaire to prove that recording artists are people too
The best piece of advice you’ve been given
Your favourite word
If you could only eat one food forever, it would be…
The worst job you’ve had
I was a telemarketer for a few months at a “mortgage bank.” My boss was a crook – my pay cheques would bounce; he cursed us all out constantly. Most people I cold-called would curse me out as well. Horrifying overall.
The film you can quote the most of
Favourite place in the world
Your style icon
Lately I’ve been trying to dress like a high-powered female lawyer.
The one song you wished you’d written
‘Song to the Siren’ by Tim Buckley.
The most famous person you’ve met
I saw Paul Rudd at a party once and drunkenly babbled to him.
The thing you’d rescue from a burning building
My dog Tawanda.
The worst date you’ve been on
One time I made out with a guy and then had to borrow bus money.
Your guilty pleasure
Rogue-like RPGs [Roll-playing games].
The worst birthday or Christmas present you’ve received
The Jewel book of poetry [A Night Without Armor].
The characteristic you most like about yourself
Your hidden talent
Crying during greeting card commercials.
Your favourite item of clothing
The lady’s tuxedo jumpsuit I’ve been wearing onstage.
Your biggest disappointment
Any time I’ve compromised out of bullshit fear or insecurity.
The celebrity that pisses you off most even though you’ve never met them
Your biggest fear
The best book in the world
Cathedral by Raymond Carver.
What is success to you?
Going For It!
What talent do you wish you had?
How do you want to die?
Don’t care, just nothing involving fire.
What is the most overrated thing in the world?
What would you change about your physical appearance?
Myface and body.
What’s your biggest turn-off?
Lack of compassion.
What would you tell your 15-year-old self?
You have nothing to be ashamed of.
Your best piece of advice for others
There is nothing wrong with you.