Flare asks… James Blunt

The Grammy-nominated soldier-turned-crooner took some time out to talk about style and keeping life in perspective as a performer.

James Blunt
Why: The soldier-turned-crooner took some time out to talk about style and keeping life in perspective as a performer.

Flare : Who is your favourite designer?
James Blunt: The guys who designed my album cover and my website, a company called Daddy. They also make t-shirts and menswear. They’re great.

F :   What’s your biggest fashion pet peeve?
JB: I don’t like things that are difficult to use and wash. I’m on the road and I have a small suitcase and a guitar, so I don’t even separate whites from colours.

F:  What do you like seeing a woman wearing?
JB: Not very much, I suppose? A dressing gown is always good – then you know you’ve done well.

F: What does style mean to you?
JB: I would say it’s pretty meaningless, substance is more important than style. But maybe I say this because I have no sense of style!

F:  Do you ever have clothing sent to you now that you’re famous?
JB: Occasionally. I was sent three pairs of Levi’s jeans, and when one wears out, I get another pair. It’s brilliant.

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Flare.com Asks… James Blunt, cont’d

F:  What are you listening to right now?
JB: I am really enjoying the Killers, who have a new album out at the moment. I also like The Gorillas… anything that rhymes with Illas, really.

F: What do you think is the one album everyone should own?
JB: Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here”.
F: What’s one item you could not part with?
JB: My guitar. I’ve had this one about four years. It’s a 1966 Gibson.

F: If you could attempt any career other than your own, what would it be?
JB: Hmm… I don’t think you can be a professional drinker can you? I can’t think of one, really. I spent time in the army and although I had a great time, I don’t think I’d go back.

F: Who do you most admire?
JB: On a serious level, so much of what I do is irrelevant. I’ve been very dependent on the support and perspective of my friends and family to help me wade through a lot of the rubbish that comes my way. I also admire my tour manager, who is basically my mother on the road.

F:  How would you like to be remembered?
JB: I’d hope to be remembered by people as an equal.

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