MIKE D: ON THE COUCH

With two Grammys in his mitts we find out what makes Mike D tick...

MIKE D: ON THE COUCH

Celebrating two Grammy Awards, Mike D (right, left of picture) gets the once over by nme.com‘s psychiatrist…

WHAT SONG DESCRIBES YOU BEST?

Helen Reddy‘s ‘I Am Woman’.”

WHAT IS HEAVEN?

“Nirvana. Hang on, can I redo that? Heaven is when one reaches union with God sufficiently not to have to return to the cycle of birth and rebirth.”

WHAT IS HELL?

“The paths are many, but the end is one.”

WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?

“Oooh, that’s a tough one. I don’t know, watching the Jackson 5 cartoon. I liked the clothes and the music and the animation.”

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

“I don’t really have any, but my dreams frequently involve me getting chased through New York, but it’s never a mortality thing, it’s not like I’m going to get killed.”

WHO IS YOUR ALL-TIME HERO?

“What one person? I can give you a small list, right? James Brown, I’ve got to put Bob Marley on, of course, Buddha, Krishna, I kinda have to put Miles Davis on for purposes of reinvention, some hip-hop guys, can I come back? Actually, I should say Dr Martin Luther King.”

WHAT’S THE WORST TROUBLE YOU’VE BEEN IN?

“I’d have to say after we played our show in Liverpool in 1987 when the police came and arrested Adam. It was like a football match, bottles were flying, cans were being thrown, and who did the police charge? One of the people onstage. We weren’t even throwing anything.”

WHO WAS THE FIRST LOVE OF YOUR LIFE?

“Oh, I can’t go into that. My wife is standing right next to me.”

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST TALENT?

“My gift of the gab. It’s got me out of trouble many times.”

UPON WHOM WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO EXACT REVENGE? WHY? HOW?

“I’d say I’m trying to completely eliminate revenge from my realm of possibilities.”

WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?

“I’m trying to free myself of that as well. It would probably come down to a record or two. The one thing I’m most proprietary over is my record collection.”

WHAT HAVE YOU MOST REGRETTED DOING WHILE DRUNK?

“That’s too numerous to list, but you’ve got to figure at the end of it all, it was meant to be.”

WHAT CAN YOU COOK?

“I’ve just learnt how to make a great tofu scramble. I can give you the recipe if you like. Only my wife and I have had it together, she invented the dish. It’s neat.”

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

“I can give you two bits of recent wisdom. The first one is as you go around, every person you look at you should try to meditate on and send them love. Sounds easy, but it isn’t. The second one is: when you see an animal being mistreated put a human in its place and then see how you react.”

CAN YOU READ MUSIC?

“No, I can read rhythm, but I can’t read the notation. We have our own way of writing music.”

IF YOU WERE INVISIBLE FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

“Would that give me supernatural powers? No? I couldn’t travel through time? Well, I guess I’d probably just check people out. I might walk in and out of movies and theatres.”

WHAT ARE YOUR FINAL THREE WISHES?

“May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May all beings wake up to the idea of non-harming and non-violence. And number three, may some people now and throughout the future continue to make music.”