Ruban Nielson tried to give up music in 2010 when his indie rock group, The Mint Chicks, disbanded and he moved to Portland. It didn’t work. He’s since released three psychedelic pop albums as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, his latest being ‘Multi-Love’, released last month via Jagjaguwar
The best piece of advice you’ve been given
“Do it properly and you’ll be invited back to do it again.”
Your favourite word
I hate having to prove the same things over and over again.
If you could only eat one food forever, it would be…
The worst job you’ve had
Waiter. I was no good at pretending to give a shit. I was much happier as a dishwasher. Headphones on just burning through dishes.
The film you can quote the most of
Probably Pulp Fiction. So basic, sorry.
Your favourite place in the world
My house. The music and love is there.
Your style icon
My 6-year-old son, Moebius. He has really long hair and always wears a headband and paints his fingernails. He always looks perfect without even trying.
The one song you wished you’d written
‘Nature Boy’ by Nat King Cole.
The most famous person you’ve met
Probably Cliff Richard. He was nice, I guess. Jim Carrey and Christian Bale were at one of our shows but they didn’t hang out. I actually don’t try to meet famous people when I’m around them. I’m too worried they’ll say something that’ll make me feel bad.
The thing you’d rescue from a burning building
My hard drive with music on that people haven’t heard yet.
The worst date you’ve been on
I’ve never been on a date.
Your guilty pleasure
Chicken fried steak.
The worst present you’ve received
I must have forgotten about it. Best present was my first guitar. My dad got it.
The characteristic you most like about yourself
I loathe myself. Ha-ha.
Your hidden talent
Your favourite item of clothing
A massive black sweater with Oregon State written on it in gothic font. It’s faded and falling to bits. Looks good inside out too.
Your biggest disappointment
The celebrity that pisses you off the most even though you’ve never met them
Celebrities are pretty irksome across the board.
Your biggest fear
Anybody I love in a tsunami.
The best book in the world
There’s no book that will always be great in every era for every age. The right book will find you at the right time if you let it.
People’s biggest misconception about yourself
Because I’m kinda articulate, people don’t usually understand how simple I am.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
God, I hope they don’t do that.
What is success to you?
Food and laughing and sex.
What talent do you wish you had
I wish I was smart enough to understand really intense mathematics.
How would you like to die?
Maybe drowning in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Like Eddie Aikau.
What is the most overrated thing in the world?
What, if anything, would you change about your physical appearance?
I wish my legs were a just a little bit longer.
What’s your biggest turn-off?
People who are always dissatisfied with life.
What would you tell your 15-year-old self?
The bitter, racist old Dean is wrong. You’ll end up the most notable person in this whole school.
Your best piece of advice for others
Whenever possible, use the women’s bathroom.