Perry Farrell Says Performing High is Part of the Rock Singer's Job Description

Lots of people enjoy unwinding with a joint after a hard day's work, but for Perry Farrell, getting high is just another part of his job as a rock singer. The frontman of the alternative rock group Jane's Addiction likens the role of the musician to a shaman, whose job is to explore altered states of consciousness.

"When you're going out there [onstage] as a shaman - as a witch doctor, you need to step into the fifth dimension," Farrell told Pitchfork in the latest edition of their 'Over/Under' series.

Of course, getting to the fifth dimension isn't easy to do, so Farrell turns to cannabis and other little helpers found in nature.

"There are plants on the earth that will help you do that," he added.

Based on that response, it's no surprise that Farrell also thinks hedonism in general is underrated. But hedonism isn't just about living the 'sex, drugs and rock 'n roll' lifestyle. He sees hedonism as a way to recapture the innocence of youth and commune with the divine.

"We come down to this world, reincarnated, and we start from scratch. We're innocent when we're little babies, but then we get introduced to all these vices. And some of those vices kinda stick, or you become infatuated with them. Definitely there is a process - a hedonistic process to getting back to God."

Sounds like Farrell could start a new career as a priest at a cannabis church if he ever decided to retire from the alt-rock scene.

Check out Farrell's thoughts on face tattoos, sex in public and more in the full interview below:


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