We knew that we were working on something so far above the kind of standard for what is expected of television, so there was that element of it, of working on something great, incredible material. But then there was also this aspect of growing together as people. We shot for 7 1/2 months in Africa, about 20 guys who we’re brothers now, and it’s an experience that almost all of us walked away from feeling connected for life.
Also, I learned so much. I was one of the younger guys on that shoot and learning from guys who have been working for five years longer than I have, 10 years longer in some cases, and guys who have been in the game for 20 years longer. Getting a job like that is the kind of stuff that no acting class or no conservatory can teach you. It’s the most valuable kind of experience on that experience and working with incredibly talented actors.
And did I mention we got to shoot guns in the desert? Very fun, everything from a 13-year-old boy’s dream. It was like summer camp for a very, very long time.
I'm sure it was. I also read that you’re a DJ, a former DJ.
Yeah, not former. I still do it. Yeah, I still have a weekly gig here in LA and always hunting down new music, new records, making mixed tapes, the whole bit.
Where do you do that? Where is your weekly gig?
It’s in a spot called Bar Lubitsch in Hollywood and I'm always doing kind of different events around town and stuff like that. It’s one of those things that was always great for me to have when I was not working regularly as an actor, It kind of takes my mind off not working and also making a little extra money on the side and until this day it just brings me such great joy to DJ, to be playing music for other people, get people dancing. It’s really a pretty awesome, thrilling hobby to have on the side.
Cool, and you and your brother have 10,000 vinyl records I read.
Well, I have about 10,000. He has probably another 15, so between us we have probably about 25,000 I would say. Our long-term goal is opening up a record store someday, a used vinyl shop, but he has got to get his out of storage first. He moved out to LA last year and we live together now. It’s not particularly easy to haul out 15,000 records in a U-Haul. His are in a storage unit in Brooklyn as we speak, but someday we will unite our record stashes and have one of the great West Coast record stashes.
Do you like all kinds of music or is there anything in particular?
No, I mean all different kinds of music. I definitely have particularly a strong affinity for music of a certain era from the ‘60s and ‘70s, but of that era everything from rock ‘n’ roll to blues to R&B and soul music to Brazilian music, Latin music, psychedelic music, funk, all over the map, all over the map.
Anything current have your ear?
I listen to a ton of current music too. I mean obviously as far as records go and the hunt of looking for records there is something particularly enticing about the treasure hunter aspect of looking for old records, which is not to say that I am not always discovering new music and new music that I love, but just as far as the actual act of collecting there is something particularly fun about collecting old records.
Well what has your ear right now?
Right now, let me see. I have to look on my iPod real fast and see whatever I'm playing the most. I'm loving Bon Ivors’ new record. I think that is just like a really pretty fabulous record. Local Natives have been one of my favorite bands for awhile, LCD Sound System. I love this new band Tame Impala; it’s very kind of throwback psychedelic rock.
I always have love for Kanye, so Kanye’s new record with Jay-Z I've been playing a lot, and of course his last solo record I absolutely adore. Yeah, all over the place, many different styles.
Most of those CW shows have great soundtracks. Maybe you can contribute to that.
I would love to, believe me. It has long been one of my ambitions to have a component of musical direction in my work in some way or another, so it would be awesome. I would love for that to be the case.