Faith No More frontman Mike Patton recently sat down for an interview on “Start Making Sense”, the Beats 1 radio show by Jehnny Beth of Savages. Patton touched on a number of topics during their casual chat, including what it was like growing up in a small town, how he came to find music by “accident,” and what it means to overcome creative challenges. The greatest singer of all time also spoke highly of Phil Collins’ “Easy Lover”.
“I’m from a very, very small town in North Carolina,” he said of his beginnings. “We all developed this weird thirst, this weird hunger, you know, for anything.”
On the subject of taking on music as a career, he claimed that it was all “a happy accident.” “It’s because I started hanging out with the wrong people [laughs]. I was not very social, I didn’t have many friends… I wasn’t good at sports… so I found this thing,” Patton noted. “Life is a series of happy accidents.”
When faced with creative obstacles, Patton isn’t easily defeated; rather, he usually sees them as both a way of realizing his limits and an opportunity to better himself. “I’ve done a bunch of soundtracks and sometimes I just can’t figure out what these filmmakers want. And I just raise my hand up and say, ‘Hey, I’m not the right guy.'”
He added, “Vocally, yeah there’s been a few [challenges] as well. Those are things that can help you — at least that’s the way I choose to look at it. Like, ‘I can’t sing this country song’ or whatever that is — I got to do more homework. But you make a mental note, a check mark in your mind, like, ‘Oh I got to get better at that.'”
Hear a couple excerpts below. Head here for the full interview.