Getting to know Yard Act: frontman James Smith has never been on a bad date

Plus a few of our favourite Getting To Know You answers from the past

From 2014 to 2017 we ran the below questionnaire in order to ask artists the questions that really don’t matter. Here it is resurrected, with Yard Act singer James Smith.  

The best piece of advice you’ve been given
“It’ll be fiiiiine” – from Ryan, Yard Act bassist.

Your favourite word

Your pet-hate

If you could only eat one food forever, it would be…

The worst job you’ve had
Maccies drive-thru or Debenhams call centre, can’t decide.

The film you can quote the most of

Your favourite place in the world

Your style icon
My wife.

The one song you wished you’d written
To Love Somebody – Barry Gibb.

The most famous person you’ve met
Cristiano Ronaldo. I used to live down the road from the Man U training ground in Carrington, and used to go and wait outside for autographs in the holidays.

The thing you’d rescue from a burning building
Owt living.

The worst date you’ve been on
None. All mint.

Your guilty pleasure
Deliberately not having tea before pub so I get leathered quicker.

Your first big extravagance
My new trenchcoat.

The characteristic you most like about yourself
My new trenchcoat.

Your hidden talent
What I can hide in my new trenchcoat.

Your biggest disappointment
My old trenchcoat.

Your biggest fear
Losing my loved ones.

The best book in the world
Cannery Row, by Steinbeck.

People’s biggest misconception about you
That I’m one thing or the other.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

What is success to you?
Many meals out.

What talent do you wish you had?
Science smarts.

How would you choose to die?

What is the most overrated thing in the world?

What would you tell your 15-year-old self?
It’ll be fiiiiiine.

Your best piece of advice for others
We are stardust and worm feed, that’s ace!

Got to know you: our favourite past answers

The best piece of advice you’ve been given

“Don’t be a big shot, take a jacket” – Tracey Thorn

The worst job you’ve had

“I dug up a fella’s muddy garden in the rain with Andy Rourke for 10 hours, on mushrooms. It turned into Apocalypse Now” – Johnny Marr

Your pet hate

“Guys over 25 in baseball caps” – Perfume Genius

Your biggest disappointment

“My penis” – Mac Demarco

The worst date you’ve been on

“I took my girlfriend to the garden I was digging up with Andy Rourke” – Johnny Marr

The celebrity that most pisses you off

“Kermit the Frog” – Anohni 

Your biggest fear

“Dying. I’m not up for it” – Nadine Shah

The best piece of advice you’ve been given

“Run in a zigzag when being chased by an alligator” – Baxter Dury

Who would play you in a film of your life?

“An actor hopefully” – Aldous Harding

How would you choose to die“I’m not dying” – Nadine Shah