We featured Joshua Homme of QOTSA on the cover of BLAG Vol.2 Nø 9, where we rolled out the infamous card game and also broke the feature up into chapters. Amongst the running jokes was some thought provoking stuff. From Joshua's stance on strong women to being in the moment and socialising via the internet. Here's an extract from Sally A. Edwards' interview. Read the full article in the print edition here
Photography by Sarah J. Edwards
You said you wanted to aim for a 50/50 split of boys and girls attending your shows, did you achieve that?
Josh: OK, 60/40 girls, but that’s not the point.
The point is?
Josh: I just think the girls could really show the boys a thing or two, you know. I think what’s important is not to display how macho you are and peacock around because well, that’s not important to me. I don’t really care so much for that you know? I’m uninterested by it, but I like people, I like mingling and talking, and hanging out and doing stuff. So I think the girls really control that better, and do a better job of it and have more panache. Like these cards and stuff like that. It’s like, just more style and so I respect it more and I’ve always thought of women as the more powerful of the two sexes. Hence why men are always like, ‘Stay down!’ ‘Stay in there!’ ‘Shiiit!’ You know, it’s from panic, but I like strong women. My wife is a really strong woman...
First impressions. Do you find that when you meet someone you often can get a feeling from them and then further into the relationship that feeling comes back. So it’s almost like the first impression creates...
Josh: Yeah, well. I mean I think, you know people say, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, but that’s because they have a shitty cover. I mean you put your best foot forward and I really love those moments. We deal so much with first impressions and you get used to it. I love to make a guess and try to read what’s beyond it, you know, because you make a first impression and your own; what you try to put out is trying to say something but it comes from somewhere. So I like to try to look beyond the fringe – ha – and see what’s there, because it’s exciting and I mean, isn’t it exciting to sort of like... everyone’s putting the best version, or what they think is the best version of themselves first and you get to see that and it’s not definitive... it doesn’t define who you are, but it’s certainly is off to the races, you know? I mean isn’t that exciting? A little bit?
Josh: I’m looking for an Amen there folks. But I think what’s really beautiful is when you spend a lot of time with someone after those first impressions and you get to see that it wasn’t a false step. You know, where that does swing back around again, because it’s really rewarding because it makes you say, ‘Yessssss.’ Those are great moments too and you don’t get that as much as the others. In our situation we deal so much with first impressions and they’re also last impressions too. So when it swings back around again, it’s really nice.
Cool, and the next one is... I don’t know whether it’s because we’re right in the middle of London and everything moves at such a fast pace, but people never seem to be really satisfied; they’re always looking for something better. It seems to be really ruthless and cutthroat at times and I wondered what you thought about that. How it can slow down, and whether people can appreciate things more, because you’re more about being in the moment but a lot of people aren’t. A lot of people are always looking for the next best thing.
Josh: A lot of people are in a hurry and I’ve never been in much of a hurry...
Troy: It’s sort of a self-discovery too. You have to be willing and open to smell the flowers, or wear the fringe. But spend time on it, though.
Troy: Spend some time on it, but it’s like everybody is busy and you know we try to stay busy too but...
Josh: But while I think it’s really a philosophy thing you know because when you’re in too much of a hurry all that you’re doing is looking forward, and you will build a habit of some sort in everything you do. You will reinforce something and it will turn into your habits and I want mine to be like, ‘This was a cool interview’ you know and that’s about as futuristic as I really want to get, you know because I don’t see the point in the rest of it you know? Or like, ‘Can we talk about yesterday again?’ Like, ‘I really wish that...’ It’s just not going to happen and I think, one of the things that Troy and I have been talking about alone – ha – is that, the past is done and I don’t want to be looking at it walking backwards into my future, you know? Also I’ve got no chance at a future unless I make now worth it, you know because you have to build the right habit. There’s a million clichés of like, ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the drive’ but that‘s only because it’s true. You know, I mean if you take a road trip, it’s hardly ever about when you’re there at the actual point, it’s more about getting there. You know... (In child’s voice:) I’m sad now. The last thing is about the internet and how loads of people use it to socialise now. I don’t think that’s very healthy. I wondered what your option was on that.
Troy: Well... Mmmm, yeah, it’s... I don’t know. It’s hard for me to even stay on the internet nowadays. To me I get... you know it’s such a side track. I’ll read my email and I’ll look at something like some gear, but it’s like I’d rather talk to people in person or...
Josh: Well, the internet is the only chance I’ll ever have to be a 38 year old mother of six.
Josh: You know so... and I love reality and so... I’m not so into that conceptually I’d be meeting somebody on the internet – even though that’s not what I do, but even for others it feels like, if you want to do that then you should, but you should be careful, you know because... You can too much be the dream of yourself, instead of just being yourself, you know when people put their best forward – but not person, it’s not just their best foot forward it’s like really far from where they are. It seems like potentially a habit not worth reinforcing to, you know? The habit rabbit’s gonna hop all over that idea.
Troy: He’s gonna pop out of that magical hat!
Josh: I just totally hopped into something great... because for kids, the ‘habit rabbit’? You know, because, ‘Where are you gonna hop to?’ ‘The bad... or the good?’ ‘Because, life is black and white, get in there!’ Don’t you even carrot about your feelings?
Josh: I hated that one. Erase. I move to strike. No, ha. You know, because, ‘Where are you gonna hop to?’ ‘The bad... or the good?’ ‘Because, life is black and white, get in there!’ Don’t you even carrot about your feelings?
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