Ferrán Pla (FERESTEC) interviews singer and artist Jesse Spears.
PHOTOS: JESSE SPEARS
INTERVIEW: FERRAN PLA
The first time I heard about you was on your old blog I’m so sure dude. Like 3 or 4 years ago. I was so impressed! It was really good. At that time, you had more blogs, didn’t’ you?
WOAH CRAZY. HERES A LOT OF EMBARRASSING STUFF ON IMSOSUREDUDE IM THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS ACCESS TO IT NOW, OH AND HACKERS AND THE GOV. BUT 4 REAL I HAVE HAD AND STILL DO HAVE A LOT OF INTERNET RELATED OUTLETS. I HAVE A LOT OF B.L.O.G.S. MAN. MY CURRENT TUMBLR IS CALLED CUSSINGFORKIDS.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
69 BILLION YEARS AGO.
Are there any childhood memories that had a big impact on your art?
ALL OF THEM.
What did you think when I asked you to be part of the Zine Squares?
I THOUGHT IT WAS TIGHT.
When and why did you start Fuckers Books?
I JUST FIGURED IF IM MAKIN ZINES MIGHT AS WELL LINK THEM ALL TO ONE THING. ALSO FIR A WHILE I WASNT INTO USING MY REAL NAME ON STUFF CUS I WAS HAVING SOME PAINFUL REGRETS AND NEEDED TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM MYSELF. THE FIRST FUCKERS BOOKS ZINES SAY WEIRD FAKE NAMES BUT THEY ALL REFFERING TO ME. I WAS ALSO GETTING PIST ABOUT ALL THE COLLEGE PEOPLE BORING ZINES AND CRAP THAT WAS AND STILL IS ALL OVER THE PLACE. NO DISRESPECT BUT I HONESTLY CANT STAND THAT SHIT AND I DONT LIKE IT.
WHEN THE AUTHOR/CREATOR ISNT BEING CONSIDERATE OF THE AUDIENCE THEY ARE JUST RAMBLING ON WITH BIG WORDS THAT MAKE ME SHIVER AND PUT THEIR BOOK DOWN. ALSO I LOVE CUSS WORDS AND THIS IS HOW IVE ALWAYS TALKED IN MY DIARY AND ITS THE REAL ME AND ITS ANNOYING HOW PPL ALWAYS KEEPING THE REAL WORDS THEY ACTUALLY USE OUTA THEIR LIFE AND PRETENDING TO BE ALL PROPER AND SHIT. IF A CUSS WORD IS IN THE NAME OF MY BIZ THEN IT CANT BE CENSORED OR IGNORED. THE PEOPLE AT THE POST OFFICE GO CRAZY FOR IT THEY LOVE SEEING FUCKERS BOOKS WRITEN ON A PACKAGE. AND PPL CANT TRIP CUS I PUT THE WORD “BOOKS” AFTER IT SO ITS ALL GOOD ITS ABOUT READING AND READING MEANS YUR SMART. STAY IN SCHOOL. DONT DO DRUGS.
The Twitter Z1ne is one of my favorites. When I was selling it at the Libros Mutantes Art Book Fair people were really impressed. Especially the girls. Are you going to make more zines based on your Twitter?
WOW THANKS THATS NICE. G1RLS ARE DOPE. IM FOLDING THE SECOND PRINTING OF FUCKERS BOOKS TWITTER ZINE #2 TODAY ACTUALLY. I NEED TO UPDATE THE SITE EVERYTHING IS SOLD OUT.
You’re very obsessed with cars. When did you get into cars?
WHU CAN SAY. IVE ALWAYS LOVED THEM BUT I KEPT IT TO MYSELF. I WENT PUBLIC WITH IT AROUND 2007. I RECENTLY FOUND OLD PHOTOS AND THERS ONES FROM HIGH SCHOOL THAT ARE JUST PICS OF CARS, THEY LOOK FUNY CUS IT WAS FROM A PHOTO CLASS I TOOK SO THEYRE ALL PHOTO CLASS STYLE.
You like to draw on cardboard. Why?
THE COLOR BROWN IS A GREAT BACKGROUND COLOR, ITS LIGHT WEIGHT AND FREE AND IT JUST FEELS RIGHT SOMETIMES. I LIKE THE WAY IT AGES, IN 10 YEARS THESE PAINTINGS WILL BE STARTING TO SHOW DETERIATION AND I LIKE THAT.
Your drawings have a cute vs punk vibe. Do you agree?
YA BUT I DONT THINK THEY ARE FIGHTING. THEY JUST HANGING OUT.
You’re part of Crazy Band. Could you tell me about anything this project?
CRAZY BAND IS A BAND. IM THE SINGER. OUR FIRST ALBUM IS CALLED “FUCK YOU”. OUR SECOND ALBUM IS CALLED “LIVE FROM PRISON”. THEY ARE BOTH ON TEENAGE TEARDROPS. L.F.P. COMES OUT THIS FALL. WE LIVE IN LA. WE SOMETIMES MAKE TONS OF TRASH OUT OF LA WEEKLIES AND BRING THEM TO THE SHOW TO PLAY IN. WE DO WHAT WE WANT AND NOTHING ELSE. THERES A LOT OF BANDS GETTING PUSHED AROUND AND HARASSED BY ASSHOLES WRITING REVIEWS. WE DONT NEED THE REVIEWS CUS WE CAN REVIEW OURSELVES. I WISH ALL THOSE BANDS WOULD TELL REVIEWERS TO FUCK OFF BUT FOR SOME REASON THEY CANT, SO WE DO. ALSO A LOT OF BANDS WANT TO MAKE MONEY AND SELL A TON OF MERCH. WERE CRAZY CUS WERE MORE ABOUT THE ACTUAL SHOW. WERE CRAZY CUS WE SAY NO TO SHIT. WERE CRAZY CUS WE DONT TOUR. YA GOTA COME TO US OR PAY FOR 6 PLANE TICKETS, WHICH DID HAPPEN ONE TIME.
Is Crazy Band is going to publish a new album this year?
YA L.F.P. ITS TAKEN FOREVER TO COME OUT BUT THAT MAKES IT AUTHENTIC CUS IT REALLY FEELS LIKE ITS IN PRISON. I FELT LIKE I WAS IN PRISON WHEN I WROTE THE LYRICS. SO FAR THE THIRD ALBUM (V.I.P.) IS MORE ABOUT JOKES, THANK GOD!!!
On your Youtube channel you have a video for the band Hoax, I ‘m not really into hardcore stuff but I saw them live this year here in Madrid and they blew my mind. It was scary, strange and exciting. What is your relationship with them?
I WASNT REALLY INTO HARDCORE UNTIL I SAW THEM. THEY TOTALLY BLEW MY MIND AND WE ALL BECAME FRIENDS RIGHT AWAY. WE FILMED THE VIDEO FOR THE SONG “SLEEP” RIGHT AFTER A SHOW THEY PLAYED IN LONG BEACH. WE DROVE LB ALL THE WAY TO ZUMA, I DONT KNOW WHY IT HAD TO BE ZUMA I JUST FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE THERE AND I BROUGHT ALL THESE CRAZY WEAPONS AND TOOLS I FOUND IN THE YARD SO WE HAD TO BE CAREFUL. ONLY THING WAS IT WAS SO DARK CUS THERE WAS NO MOON OUT. BUT IT WAS PERFECT THAT DARK I MEAN YOU REALLY COULDNT SEE SHIT. WE GOT HOME AT 6AM.
What are you listening to right now?
A SUICIDAL TENDENCIES “JOIN THE ARMY” TAPE. AMAZING ALBUM.
You are also involved with the collective Zen Mafia. How did that start?
Recently you started an Instagram. What is the best and the worst thing of Instagram?
THE BEST IS WHEN FRIENDS POST PICS OF THEMSELVES. I LOVE TO SEE PICTURES OF MY FRIENDS. THE WORST IS WHEN PPL WHO DONT KNOW YU TRY TO BRO YOU AND YUR LIKE DUDE DONT CALL ME DUDE I HAVE NO CLUE WHO YOU ARE. BUT I HAVE MET SOME COOL PPL SO FAR.
What is the role of the female artist in the world?
THE SAME AS THE ROLE FOR MALE ARTISTS, TO BE THEMSELVES 100% AND FULLY LISTEN TO THEIR GUT AND DO ONLY WHAT THEY WANT. THAT GOES FOR EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD THOUGH, EVERYBODY IS AN ARTIST EVERYBODY CREATES SOMETHING WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT.
Are you working on something new?
Finally, your favorite thing on the Internet right now?
PLEASEDONOTDISRESPECTME TUMBLR AND STONECOLDPALMTREE INSTAGRAM
THANK U <3