Chester: That’s tough. It’s tied between Super Mario Bros, Pacman, and Metroid – these are games I’ve devoted many many hours to.
Q: HOW MANY MEMBERS OF WU-TANG CAN YOU NAME?
Chester: Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Redman… I think. No, Redman wasn’t in Wu-Tang.
Q: WORST INJURY YOU’VE SUFFERED?
Chester: Probably a torn disc in my back – that sucked – and it was in such a ridiculously ordinary activity. I was sitting with my legs crossed on the floor and I leant forward to pick up a toy for my son and it tore. I was using a walker like an old man for a month. It was hilarious.
Q: FAVOURITE MYTHICAL CREATURE?
Chester: Dragons are the coolest cos they can represent just about anything and they can do cool stuff – they fly and breathe fire! There’s always loads of gold whenever they’re around so it makes for a fun adventure. Even Puff The Magic Dragon was cool.
Q: FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
Chester: Growing up I always received music via my siblings, I didn’t have my own musical choice. So for my birthday it was up to my grandparents to get me music and my first records were Dire Straits and Heart. I didn’t know what to think cos I’d never heard either of these bands but I still knew it wasn’t cool. I listened to them anyway and would always sing along to the songs.
Q: SUPERPOWER OF CHOICE?
Chester: To have all superpowers and be immune to everybody else’s superpowers. It’s invincibility x invincibility.
Q: MOST YOU’VE NEEDED THE TOILET?
Chester: I used to swim competitively and my teammate’s parents had taken me to a competition and on the way back I had to sit in the back seat from Tucson to Phoenix. I had to pee straight from when we left and I was too embarrassed to say anything and I knew that everyone just wanted to get home so I tried holding it in and ended up peeing my pants.
Q: YOU HAVE AN HOUR TO KILL, HOW DO YOU FILL IT?
Chester: When you fly a lot like I do you need to learn how to waste time without losing your mind. The app Fieldrunners is an amazing way of turning your brain off – you can play that for like three days solid. If you start playing it I’m not going to be held responsible for your life falling apart.
Q: WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD UN-SEE?
Chester: My wife took a video of my little girl in a petting zoo and there was a man with his child but he was bending over and his hairy ass crack was hanging out. I was trying to watch how cute my daughter is and all I see in the centre of the screen is this ass with a beard. If you and I grew out our pubic hair as long as it could go, then we got two of our friends to do the same and shave it off that’s what it would look like. It was horrifying.
Q: IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS FOR A LIVING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
Chester: I’d have ended up working with tattoos. Growing up with my friends we’d hang out in tattoo shops so that has been a part of my life for the past 20 years. Or I’d become a realtor. It’s like a two month course then you get to bullshit people all day. You’re not telling the truth but you’re not really lying. It’s like a lawyer without completely selling your soul.
Q: CHILDHOOD HERO?
Chester: My dad was a police officer so when he left for work with all this cool stuff in his belt like a gun and a bat and handcuffs, I couldn’t help but think Dad was cool.
Q: FAVOURITE INSULT?
Chester: Any time I can say “Fuck you!” is great. It sums up everything. People confuse vulgar language with a lack of vocabulary but it’s actually ingenious. You’re using two words instead of a full monologue.
Q: MOST DISGUSTING THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?
Chester: Sea urchin. It’s the colour of something you shouldn’t put in your mouth. Something is telling you not to eat that. It tastes like ear wax and liver or something. It’s not good.
Q: THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD?
Chester: Two years ago I was in Cancun for a week. It was the best week of my life. That’s all I’m going to say.
Q: YOUR MOST ATTRACTIVE BODY PART?
Chester: My wife likes my jawline.
Q: WHY SHOULD PEOPLE BUY THE NEW STONE TEMPLE PILOTS RECORD?
Chester: It’s entirely up to people if they want to buy the songs, if they don’t want to they don’t have to. But honestly I think we made a good EP, we had a lot of fun, and the whole idea was just to enjoy the process. We made songs that we like listening to. We want people to feel the new energy.
Q: YOU CAN TIME-TRAVEL, WHERE DO YOU GO?
Chester: I don’t believe time exists. So I’ll say the present.
Q: THE STUPIDEST THING YOU’VE DONE TO IMPRESS A SEXY PERSON?
Chester: There was a girl I liked in 8th Grade who told me to stand with my legs apart. Then she kicked me as hard as she could in my balls. It was a combination of getting kicked in the balls and a foot in your asshole – you don’t know whether to throw up or shit your pants. Her response was that she wanted to see what happened.
Q: THE BEST PAIR OF SHOES YOU’VE OWNED?
Chester: There’s a pair of combat boots I got at a thrift store on the Meteora tour and I still have them to this day. They’ve seen a lot of shows, videos and photoshoots. I paid $40 for them and they’ll last me the rest of my life.
Q: MOST ILLEGAL THING YOU’VE EVER DONE?
Chester: Anyone that’s answered this is an idiot. But there’s some dark moments that I won’t talk about, ha ha ha!