Jarvis Cocker: ‘I’ve lived in my head for most of my life’

He’s never been one to stick to the script. Asked about his new music, the singer talked instead about raves and caves, fatbergs and fatherhood, badgers and Brexit…

When I walk into the private room in a members’ club in Soho where I’m supposed to interview Jarvis Cocker, a man in a suit with greying hair is standing with his back to me, writing something on a flip chart. My heart sinks; the room has obviously been double-booked for someone else’s business meeting. Except he then turns around slowly, grinning as enigmatically as a new teacher at Hogwarts, and it is Jarvis Cocker, and he has written WELCOME TO THE INTERVIEW in orange marker pen.

Art is about teaching you how to think in a creative way, how to look at the world and use it as raw material

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