Exclusive interview with AG: what do you like about music festivals?
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"I want to do hoodrat stuff with my friends."
- That seven-year-old kid who got caught joyriding in his grandmother's Dodge Durango.
WL: What do you like so much about those music festivals you go to?
AG: This will be a long-ish answer because there are a lot of things I like. First, live music outside is really hard to beat, in my opinion. I love to dance like an idiot. I love the spectacle of a big light show and the energy of a big crowd. The human connection at these things is something that's kind of impossible in day to day life, especially in a city. You can talk to anyone about anything and there's no pretense. It's the only place you can strike up a conversation with a stranger and it doesn't come across as weird at all. You can be totally unabashedly silly and ridiculous and people love that. I have made so many close friends through it, and I have had so many real gut-clenching laughs. Real life doesn't seem to matter at all when you're there. The whole world just stops moving.
WL: Can you tell me about some of your best dance moves?
AG: All my moves are terrible, but it never seems to matter. As long as you're smiling and you look like you are having fun... But I have mastered the dance walk and it seems to be the best way to cut through a crowd. I am renowned for my hugs and that seems to be where that came to be.
WL: Do you relate to nihilist philosophy?
AG: Can you remind me what that is?
WL: Nihilism is rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless.
AG: No, I don't think that life is meaningless. I think that you make your own meaning. For me, that meaning is making meaningful relationships and connections with people and just having a good time while I can.
WL: Do you relate to theosophist thought?
AG: No. I don't believe in anything supernatural.
WL: Not even black magic, etc...?
AG: I do have a black magic guy but I'm not sure that I believe in any of it.
WL: Do you have any recommendations for first-time festival attendees?
AG: Bring a camelback. I think I'd be dead by now if it weren't for that. Buy a testkit. Your body is a terrible testkit. Don't get anxious about losing your friends. Just go with it and follow your heart, man.
WL: Hypothetically, what would you do if you found that there was a strange man sleeping in your tent?
AG: Aw, James. What a guy! I would nudge them gently and ask if they wanted to cuddle. Then, help them find their tent and probably laugh at them a lot.
WL: Do you have any book recommendations for nerds who are not going to festivals while you are slacking off?
AG: Catch 22 is probably my favourite book. I laughed the whole way through it.
WL: Come up with a reading list.
AG: I can't read.