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MusicIAmA band called _HEALTH_ and I am calling you back!

Feb 17th 2017 by _HEALTH_ • 33 Questions • 80 Points

EDIT: That was great!!!!! They are ripping the laptop away from me... throwing me into an unmarked SUV... and driving me do an undisclosed location for more questioning... wish me luck. You guys were great. Thanks for all the weirdness and meaningfulness. Peace.

-Josh

Hello Reddit! This is actor, filmmaker and Hunger Games co-star Josh Hutcherson!

I just directed a short film called ‘Ape’ as part of The Big Script, a film incubator that is developing emerging young writers and directors. It just came out today and you can watch 'Ape' and all of the films here: https://thescene.com/watch/presents/the-big-script-ape

Proof I'm me: http://imgur.com/a/VdInM

Q:

Have you guys ever thought about covering one of Tim and Eric's songs?

They can, in turn, have Steve Brule endorse your next album by saying, "for your HEALTH"

You guys are hilarious and I'm still spinning Death Magic.

A:

If Peeta tried to fight you, could real life you take him down?


Q:

Petite Feet

Would be Sweet

Thanks son

A:

fuck yeah!!! well... maybe not. I have a ferocious side that I can tap into.


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Hi health! I saw you guys last year for the first time and it totally blew me away. Deathmagic is one of my favorite recent records. I have a few questions if that's okay!

  1. I love that you and Purity Ring remixed each other. How did you guys meet?

  2. Do you plan on collaborating more with Haxan Cloak?

  3. What was it like prepping the songs from Deathmagic for a live setting? I remember reading in interviews that it was a pretty digital/processed record (but definitely not in a bad way!)

A:

What was it like working with Mark Ruffalo?


Q:
  1. we have the same management, before that I was big fan. First time I heard them I knew they would be a huge band.

  2. Yes. But Bobby is stonewalling me. Pick up the phone dude. Why do I have to text your girlfirend. Whats up Illy yo the best.

  3. Serious ass pain.

A:

Hes the best guy in the world. I love that human!


Q:

Max Payne 3 is one of my top 5 games of all time and a HUGE part of that is the soundtrack. You guys really crushed it.

Two questions: Who designs your merch and album covers? Can I remix one of your songs?

A:

There's definitely a theme of dealing with mental health issues in your film. Is this something you've dealt with personally?


Q:

Everything is designed by me and only me, unless it says ALienBody its my boy Travis.

A:

There have been moments where I've questioned my mental state... haven't gone too far down that road but I think it's beyond interesting to try to empathize and deal with people who are dealing with those.


Q:

Love you guys so much. Question:Is the band still as interested in incorporating noise in the music? What kind of role does noise have in the future of the band?

A:

hi josh, I'm not very good at english so I can't write a good question but do you like mango?


Q:

Yes

A:

yes... im human. never trust someone who doesnt


Q:

How do you feel about Death Grips?

A:

Josh! Favorite 80's movie?


Q:

Cool music. However they refused me for a beer at their trailer...Sad!

A:

Lost Boys


Q:

You guys have been insanely inspirational to me as a musician, especially in the way you've adapted gear to your own purposes to create unique sounds.

Are you still using things like the Boss Slicer for loops or is it all DAW production and live backing tracks now? If the latter, what lead to leaving the slicer, etc. behind?

A:

Hi Josh,

You got second class treatment from Rosemary Telesco and continued with Katniss Everdeen. Does it hurt your feelings?


Q:

Slicer is the shit and without there is no DIE SLOW or USA BOYS

Now it is DAW first but not entirely but majority yes. Way more hi fi

A:

hahaha.... life imitates art...


Q:

Trying to listen on spotify in the UK, but all of disco3 is blanked out. Is it streaming anywhere else?

A:

Hi Josh!

You and I went to the same school, and you even lived in the same neighborhood as some of my close friends. We’ve never met because you always looked like you wanted privacy and I wanted to respect that, plus I’m a shy person who wouldn’t have known what to say. I’ve always wondered if you felt like you sort of missed out on your high-school experience, and if that impacted you on a social and mental level.

I’m trying to pursue my dream of becoming a published author, but sometimes I just feel like it’s never going to happen and that I’ll never be successful in the only thing that I’m passionate about. What advice would you give to someone who’s been told over and over again to give up their dream and focus on a more practical plan for their life?

Thanks for doing this AMA! It’s really awesome seeing someone from Union doing what they love!


Q:

Cafe Wha?

A:

I think that going for something different in life is for sure the most important thing to do... FUCK THE HATERS!

Only you can stop yourself from going for it.

that should be on an inspirational cat poster...


Q:

I'm getting the same problem in Australia. The only song I can play is the 'Life' remix by Purity Ring. Help?!

A:

What are the kind of things you learned while working your blockbuster role in "The Hunger Games Trilogy"?


Q:

Pretty sick that your young

A:

TEAMWORK. we had massive crews and it is not possible without all that.


Q:

Are you free in Canada?

A:

hey josh! the other night i was really high and felt like i was you. did you feel it too?

EDIT: okay guys this was fun but im clearly not actually dave franco, im a 23 year old canadian girl with evidently too much time on her hands. i have zero affiliation with dave franco and honestly don't know much about him this /u/ just happened to be open three years ago... anyway thanks for the 15 minutes (7 hours? idk) of fame.... but my watch has ended

EDIT 2: josh im sorry for hijacking your ama i love you lots bye


Q:

I love Canadian girls

A:

Wait... was that monday?? I felt something then...


Q:

Saw u guys in Shanghai u guys were fucking amazing as always. I know u guys did a tour in China years ago. Would u ever consider to do it again?

A:

How do you go about choosing a script that you want to work on, both for this project and other professional work?


Q:

ABSO_FUCKING_LUTELY I love Shanghai I really wanna plug my favorite venue ARkham and my fav bar Arcade.

A:

I want originality. Characters that are bold and have clear voices. i also want to push the boundaries of what reality is.


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My three favorite things are HEALTH, Nathan For You and Kyle Mooney. Have you met those guys before? My mind was fucking BLOWN when I figured out that they're both huge fans of you guys.

A:

Hello, Josh! As an aspiring filmmaker, I know how tedious making any sort of film can be. What gets you motivated to create? Also, what’s your favorite snack? Cause, duh, snacks are some of the best motivators.


Q:

Did it on FB LIVE guess they didnt type it

A:

Honestly I think i get inspired when i see a dope movie... like when i saw moonlight i just wanted to go out and create something personal and important.

Also sitting in a restaurant looking around and making up stories about the people...

Snack..... kale. Fuk off kale!! frosted flakes


Q:

Hey any summer/ fall plans to bring you back to New York?

Also will Disco3 come to vinyl?

A:

What do you define as your first "big break" into acting and that business?


Q:

We always come back to NYC

and YES

so thats yes to both

A:

For me my first ever job was personally my big break.. I was 9 and I held a goat in the backgroud for a bible study video in ohio.... everyone starts somewhere...


Q:

Came to your show at Heaven Under the Arches in London last year and in 20 years of gig going it was easily one of the best I've seen. Coming back to London UK anytime soon?

And what's this about DISCO3 second disc??

A:

What kind of movies would you like to direct in the future?


Q:

Hope so

If you want DISCO3+ txt the HEALTH HOTLINE an give your email

A:

I like stuff that bends reality and questions the human condition... bending the rules. I love films like being john malkovich and eternal sunshine of a spotless mind


Q:

Loved your last show here at Mezzanine in SF! Is there a title to the gonzo riff that you play as your encore song? Also, Totally Paulie needs to come back buuuuuuddddiiieeeeeeee!

A:

Hey Josh! Congrats on your director debut of "Ape." Were there things you did differently as an actor because you were also the director? How did it change your perspective?


Q:

Girl Attorney

FIRST ALBUM POSER

Pauly sez hi

A:

it was hard... I liked it a lot but it was tough because i couldnt watch the monitors obviously so i had to make notes in my mind while acting in the scene... i realy liked this experience though and i have somehow even more respect for directors than before.


Q:

Hi from Seattle...You guys are brilliant:

  1. Why haven't you played in Seattle lately? We miss you.

  2. Have you been to Arcosanti before?

81.What's the cure for insomnia?

A:

Are you looking forward to doing the full length APE?


Q: 81. Jerk off.
A:

YES!!! The plan is to fastrack this into production after the short comes out. the feature is even deeper and darker... gonna be weird...


Q:

Hey did you record anything with Trent? Pissed I missed the nine inch nails tour. Let me know when you guys come to philly. Play the Philamoca, I work sound there although it'd probably be hell being that is Caps at 200. Also check out street sects they are the craziest fucking band I've heard in awhile and congrats on disco three can't wait to listen to it.

A:

Do you miss working with the Hunger Games cast?


Q:

I love Philly. Brother is moving to Philly to play for the Phillies.

A:

yes... they were the best! family forever. i miss them all dearly... however we still hang now and then and keep in touch.


Q:

Are you guys gonna stop by Atlanta this year? I know y'all were at the Earl late last year but I wasn't 21 then and I was going through shit. Still going through shit tbh.

Also what are your current favorite tv shows?

A:

Hi! What's your favorite television show to watch?


Q:

Sure absolutely

A:

the Bob Ross painting show... i can benge for hours


Q:

What are a few of your major music inspirations?

Your hair is beautiful.

Thanks for being awesome and opening the snaps I send of dogs, even if you don't reply.

A:

Was this role challenging for you to play and how do you think you did?


Q:

I prefer dog pics over dick pics, thanks though!

A:

It definitely was challenging... its a deep and dark place to go to and I like tapping into that side of myself... I think I did alright... Im my hardest critic


Q:

hi, heading to a casino tmrw, any advice? best music career moment? <3 c

A:

what is the number one thing on your bucket list?


Q:

BlackJack

Primavera

A:

go to patagonia...


Q:

Will you ever play In Heat live? It's my second favorite after Men Today.

How do you stay entertained with all the long drives besides music?

Also fuck yeah to recc'ing Emptyset to someone.

A:

Do you want to repeat the experience as a director??


Q:

Yes....v rough

Comedy

Emptyset is SICH

A:

No doubt. I loved it. its extremely addictive and Im feining fo some mo.


Q:

anybody that texts the health hotline can get disco3+ ?

And thanks you guys for making death magic it's one of the best albums I've ever heard

A:

Hi Josh (my brothers name too) What is the most Hollywood thing you have done/seen so far?


Q:

yep

A:

dont ever come to hollywood for a vacation... its tacky and nothing like they make it seem. hah.


Q:

Saw you guys at Bottletree back in the day and y'all ruled. Why is your name Health?

A:

Do you have any directorial advice?


Q:

damn son

hard to name a band in the modern age son

A:

prepare!! Its so important to know what you want to make so when youre there on set you have it all set up.

The script is the absolute base for everything. understad it inside and out.


Q:

What was it like touring with NIN? What is trent like?

A:

Because Im sure you get the same questions over and over - what's your favorite day of the week, and why?


Q:

V cool

Trent is v cool and v sincere

A:

Thursday... not becuase im here... but because i like how the word looks. and wednesday is finally over.


Q:

I got a few more.

What's your favorite song title that isn't one of yours?

What's your favorite roller coaster?

Is there a question you've never been asked in an interview you've always wanted to hear or do you just take what you get?

A:

Hey Josh! What's your all time favorite movie or a movie you think everyone needs to see?


Q:

BLACK SABBATH

TATSU

Take it easy baby, take it as it comes, don't move too fast...if you want your love to last

A:

Two for the Road. 60's film that was way ahead of its time and has inspried so many modern love stories. its great!


Q:

How do you guys usually learn how to use new pieces of musical gear?

A:

JOSH is there anything you couldn't live without?


Q:

Trial and Error

A:

my freedom of speech and gluten


Q:

What was the working title for "Die Slow" and was that the title as of 10/31/2008?

A:

JOSH. Huge fan, you're awesome, yadda yadda ;)

You're such a strong ally to the LGBT community. How did you get involved with your organization, Straight But Not Narrow? What is your advice to the community in the wake of certain political events?


Q:

BLADE RUNNER but Philip K Dick sued me

A:

We started SBNN becuase it felt like there was a lack of outreach to bridge communities together... especially in schools where bullying is brutal. I think now more than ever showing your support to your neighbors is paramount in surviving whats going on.

We are all here and human


Q:

John, I text you a year or so back before the gig in London at the Dome. I asked you if you liked kebabs. I went to the gig and then bought you kebabs after but the bouncer never delivered. FYI The Kebab was DELISH. You doing any gigs in or around LA during coachella?

A:

Do you believe in a real life happy ending? If yes, what would you tell someone who kind of lost hope?

I love you, you're amazing! & congrats on your directing ❤

Love, Dana


Q:

not really.

Kebabs sich doe

A:

I think a happy ending is possible. I really believe its all about perception. If you can learn to manage that then you can find ways to be happy all the time


Q:

Do you guys have any favorite obscure Simpsons characters?

A:

Yooo RV was a dumpster fire of a movie...that being said, how awesome was it to work with Robin Williams??


Q:

Hans Moleman

A:

hahahahah! Robin is a saint... biggest heart in the world and never a dull moment. he was the best.


Q:

HEALTH and Pauly, what are your favorite animated TV shows?

A:

Hi,

What is your dream role, if you could have any in the world, and what is your dream directorial role (genre, plot, cast to direct)? If you had to pick one of these, dream role or dream directing opportunity, which would you prefer to do?

Now this is the obligatory thank-you part that I could not pass up the opportunity to post, considering how much your LGBT+ work has meant to me:

I figured this would be a good opportunity to send some well-deserved thanks your way and hope you see it…! This idea of wanting to thank you started in a letter I started writing a good few years ago now… which I still happen to have in my bedside table, because it never got sent. (I don’t think I ever figured out where to send fan-mail to you, which didn’t help my cause.)

I don’t remember, when I was younger, knowing of any out actors. I’m 20 now, but up until my mid-teens, there was a big blank space around the ideas of ‘LGBT+’ and ‘the world’ being connected for me. I’ve known I was gay since I was 11, but the experience was very isolating, not knowing any gay people in real life. I had no foundation to go on, no experience in this, and obviously felt as though I couldn’t talk with anyone about it, even though I remember very few support-type services.

I remember seeing you in Zathura (my Dad loves Jumanji, so it was bound to happen) and ever since then, I think I’ve just sort of stuck with you. I must have seen that movie when I was about 12/13, and I think that’s when I started to hear what it was you were saying, because I noticed it was relevant to me. I followed what you were saying, and as I got older and more aware of myself and the world, it really started to have an impact on me. I felt as though that was my connection, as though that was my way of learning partly about who I was.

Even though you weren’t gay, the fact that you were only a few years older than me and were into the things and the field I also enjoyed really helped me relate to you. Because I related to you and because you actually meant something to me, the message you seemed so passionate about really resonated with me and it gave me a sort of courage and hope I don’t think someone older (or just generally someone whom I didn’t look up to) would have been able to instil. For the first time, someone I liked and someone I respected was talking about this thing I wasn’t able to share with anyone else. And they were a proper force in the ‘wider world.’

I never really struggle with ‘being gay,’ but I struggled with what other people might have thought, and again your dialogue helped with that. It was just so amazing to see someone whom I respected acting in a way that showed me he would treat me and people like me just as he would any other person. Even though it wasn’t a two way conversation between us, I felt that because you were a person with such a big stature who was brave enough to say this in public, that surely you knew people like me were out there and you were at least partially talking to us.

In the big scheme of things, I didn’t have it as hard as some others do, and I never want to take that for granted. My parents are relatively liberal and Australia is an OK climate to LGBT+ in. But I still found that it was hard to relate who I was with something bigger, and it was scary thinking about whether I would have to start a journey of discovery (not just self-discovery, but a discovery of ‘everything LGBT+’ I suppose you could say) on my own. Simply said, you helped me bridge the gap that I think sometimes people forget exists, even for young LGBT+ people in “supportive” environments. Just because they’re supportive doesn’t mean they’re informative or comfortable.

Nowadays, I’m so happy when I see younger celebrities come out, because I know how much that visibility and that platform means to young LGBT+ kids who simply want to see someone like them on television or in the media. Ellen Page, Charlie Carver, Tom Daley, Troye Sivan, Gus Kenworthy, etc, are all fantastic people that I just know will help make all the difference in someone’s life, as you did in mine.

So, all in all, I just wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do for me and everyone else like me! I think it’s fair to say you’re not just an ally, but a friend too. I hope one day I get to shake your hand and thank you in-person for what you’ve done.

(...well this is the most personal thing I've ever written on this website.)


Q:

The Simpsons

A:

Of course! I think its beyond important to give people their voice and fair shot at what they want from life. GET OUT OF THE WAY HATERS!

Only light can drive out dark.


Q:

Hey, so Ben already called me and I didn't realize what the fuck he was talking about until our brief dialogue had already ended, unfortunately.

Had I been on top of my shit I would've asked Ben the following:

During your AMA last year you guys agreed to let me get you high the next time that you come to my city of Minneapolis. You guys did indeed come to Minneapolis, but you did not let me get you high. Do you not want me to get you high, or were you just being difficult?

PS: Notacop.

A:

HEY JOSH! I'm so glad you have finally done an AMA!

What advice would you give you're teenage self when entering the theatre/acting community?


Q:

BJ Luvs to get high

A:

thick skin. actors are the most insecure and insane types of people... with that you need to have thick skin to deflect the dissapointment and let downs and judgements.


Q:

We've seen some fantastic homemade T-shirts you've got pictures of on your instagram, have you got a favourite?

Coming back to europe soon?

A:

Josh Do you have any Tips for a Happy life?


Q:

Good ass ones. I hope so.

A:

Inner happiness... you wont find it in anything else in the world. thats the only way to get by and be happy


Q:

Fucken love you guys! Saw you all 4 times in Chicago in the past year and each show was fantastic. Are you guys hitting the road this year?

A:

How would you beat up Donald trump?


Q:

Fuck I hope so, i gotta eat

A:

With knowledge.... it seems to be his biggest weakness...


Q:

Are you guys in contact with rockstar for any other "projects"?

A:

Is it harder to be an actor or a director?
Have you thought about being in another large franchise such as the hunger games?


Q:

Maybe?

NDA

A:

Hmmm. I would say that directing definitely requires a shit ton more focus and work!!! Id say thats more challenging for sure


Q:

On a personal level, what are some of your favorite films?

A:

CASINO GOODFELLAS BARRY LYNDON ALIENS SALO NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN EL TOPO DAWN OF THE DEAD (1979) CEMETARY MAN


Q:

Have you actually played Max Payne 3 and what was your favorite song from it?

A:

Yes many times. I like vidoegames

We were very present in the scripting of the music in the game.

my favorite is probably...STADIUM


Q:

I'm just sorry that I was working when you guys called! I guess I don't really have any questions. I just think you're an awesome band.

Well actually, one quick one: when is Disco 3 hitting Google Play?

A:

no clue

LIVE AGAIN IN 15 MINUTES SON


Q:

For John: I found it funny that even Pauly Shore made a Steve Aoki comparison during the telethon. How often does that happen?

A:

A LOT