Father John Misty on Life After Fleet Foxes and Growing Up in a Christian Family

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.]

The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield: Father John Misty