Meet The Artist: Jeff Rosenstock

American singer/songwriter Jeff Rosenstock visits Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on March 31 with London rockers Great Cynics. Jeff willbe playing songs from his latest release We Cool? which features his own twisted version of an indie-pop/punk while maintaining a penchant for keeping things weird and fun. Andy Howells recently put questions to the performer who delivered his answers in an equally fun style…

How did you get started in the music industry?

When I was about five years old I played a tornado in a community theatre production of the musical Wizard of Oz. My task as a child was to push a small platform on wheels around the stage, and it got out of my tiny hands and fell off the stage. Afterwards I was yelled at by the owner of the theatre for being a failure thus beginning my thrilling career in the music industry.

How would you describe your music?

Enthusiastic pop with a weird chord here and there but it’s kinda always the same weird chord so it’s not really weird anymore huh.

Who are your musical inspirations?

For me it would have to be the three B’s: Bach, Beethoven, Baha Men.

Can you tell us about your most recent album?

No I’m so sorry, the label has forbidden me from discussing it (you know piracy Napster etc) but I will say this – we used over 2,000 microphones to record it.

What’s been your live show highlight so far?

It’s gotta be Billy Joel live at Madison Square Garden. Wow! What a gig!

What can we expect from your forthcoming Cardiff Gig?

You pay some money, you walk in, you wait in line for the bar and then you get a drink… You browse the merch you think “maybe later” then you watch Jimmy and think “hmm… This is pretty good!” You go to the bathroom or water closet I don’t know then you’re back at merch and you spill a little beer on a record and hope Christine doesn’t notice and then you think “that’s the shirt” but Great Cynics have started so you watch them and you’re like “wow this is good” so you watch them. Then another drink seems likely and then we start playing and you’re watching and like “OK this is cool” then you yell for a bomb the music industry song and we don’t play it and you’ll be like “oh well but OK” then the show is over and you queue up for merch and then the person in front of you buys the last medium shirt of the design you wanted and you’re a medium.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Flying cars.

  • Jeff Rosenstock plays Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on March 31. Visit for further details.
  • A version of this Q&A appears in The South Wales Argus entertainment section The Guide on March 25, 2016.

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