After leaving Fleet Foxes earlier this year, drummer Josh Tillman went back to playing guitar and writing songs, releasing his debut album Fear Fun under the name Father John Misty. A half year of touring later – including both headlining club dates and festival spots at Outside Lands, FYF Fest, Australia’s Big Day Out, and Austin City Limits – Tillman checked in with The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield to talk about his transformation into Father John Misty and leaving behind a critically acclaimed, world-renowned rock band.
“I majorly overestimated my interest in playing drums in a band,” he admitted. “I’d been touring on my own as J. Tillman, and I got this opportunity that a lot of people don’t get, which is to stare your dormant high school dream in the face and realize that it’s not actually what you want. If I hadn’t, I’d have probably had this, ‘If I’d just been asked to be in a band, I’d have been happy!’ I got a really crazy opportunity to stare into the neverending story mirror and see what I really want.” Check out the Hivecast to learn more about his time in the Fleet Foxes, growing up in a Christian family that would check his radio dial in the morning to see if he’d been listening to secular music, and the origins of the Father John Misty name. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]