Chris Carrabba

The Exclaim! Questionnaire

BY None NonePublished Jun 1, 2002

Chris Carrabba is the singer and guitarist for South Florida's Dashboard Confessional. Their latest EP, on Vagrant, is called So Impossible; they are playing in Toronto on July 14 opening for Weezer.

Current fixations:
Katie Holmes and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Mind-altering work of art:
I'm completely fascinated by digital arts of all kinds, sculpting, painting, partially because I think it's so foreign of a talent. I couldn't draw a straight line if I tried. I spend a lot of time going to museums and stuff.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Seeing Fugazi play in my hometown years and years ago just made me realise how incredible a relationship between a performer and the audience can be. I felt like part of the show; from my vantage point it was incredible.

What has been your career high and low?
My career low is probably all the times spent in a broken down van on the side of the road waiting for AAA to come and bail us out. The high would be the fact that now we've turned the tables with what was once so memorable for me in a Fugazi show is now kinda what we do. We involve the audience and that's the high point of my career and it's a constant high.

What should everyone shut up about?
Emo. Shut up already.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
Special Education.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
I like that I'm so driven, I'm proud of that and I dislike that I'm so driven, it makes it difficult sometimes.

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
For being selfish.

When I think of Canada I think:
John Candy. I don't know if he's from there but that movie Canadian Bacon is hysterical.

What is your vital daily ritual?

How do you spoil yourself?
Peppermint patties.

What was your most memorable day job?
I worked in an elementary school for eight years.

If I wasn't playing music I would be:
A teacher.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing family members. I'm very close to my family.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Super speed, like The Flash.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
There's a huge difference. Sex is way more fun.

Strangest brush with celebrity:
I went bowling with Corey Feldman once.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Bob Dylan, but I'd serve him peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because I can't cook.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
There's nothing.

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