As a kid living in San Francisco with your mom, didn’t you and your friends regularly hold court at Double Rainbow ice cream on Polk Street? That’s crazy! I was at a San Francisco day school for one semester, and I was the only person with brown rice and no candy in their lunch box. And it was very humiliating. I’d open my lunch, and I’d just have a brown rice ball, and I’d see the other kids eating their Devil Dogs. I might as well have taken out an alien brain or an eyeball. And I remember them all eating candy, and I wasn’t allowed to eat candy, because I was supposed to eat healthy. And you can’t trade a rice ball for a Devil Dog.
Besides a good diet, what other wisdom did your mother instill in you? To be honest, she leads by example. She’s an amazing artist, and she’s an amazing intellectual, and she takes care of business. She never dropped the ball for a second. She’s just very focused in her life, and the fact that I saw someone that strong in her gave me something to model my own life after.
What is an average day like for you and Charlotte? Right now, I’m in the studio, which is also our house, which is also where we ship all of our records out of — our kitchen, downstairs in the basement. So we take all the orders from here, we make all the music, we record it, we mix it, and then we master it up the street at Sterling Sound. It’s a really mom-and-pop shop.
No relaxing getaways? We took a vacation when we met — we went to Papua New Guinea. But it was close to Japan, where we were working. And we haven’t had a vacation since — we just work. We’ve never even gone on a weekend in Vermont. And that’s really f---ed up, actually!
IF YOU GO
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Tuesday
Contact: (415) 885-0750, www.slimspresents.com