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The Experience Questionnaire: Joey Santiago

Joey Santiago is the lead guitarist for the Pixies. Their newest album, “Beneath the Eyrie,” is out September 13.

Where do you come up with your best ideas? 
When I wake up. My brain is clear and ideas usually start flowing in.  

What is the best non-material gift you’ve received? 
Time to myself. I ask for it and appreciate it when it is granted.  

What is the best non-material gift you’ve given? 
Space. I can sense when my kids need it.  

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced? 
Learning to set boundaries, because I’ve always been a people pleaser.  

If you had to choose a different profession, what would you do? 
Designing furniture. 

What is the most useful mistake you’ve made? 
Playing a guitar that wasn’t in tune. I loved the notes in between the correct notes.  

What’s the strangest experience you’ve had? 
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a ghost or two.

What opportunity do you regret passing up? 
Buying Apple stocks in the ’90s.  

“When the Beatles broke up. My family lived in the Philippines and I remember the effect it had on the whole neighborhood.”

How do you relax? 
Nap.  

If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go? 
I’d like to check out the northern lights.  

What is your most indelible childhood memory?  
When the Beatles broke up. My family lived in the Philippines and I remember the effect it had on the whole neighborhood.  

What’s the most valuable thing you learned in school?  
Time management, which involves prioritizing tasks.  

When you’re stuck how do you get unstuck?  
I take a walk.  

What is your proudest moment? 
The day I decided to stay sober. 

What would you like to experience before you die? 
Witnessing my kids’ independence and happiness. 

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