Dan Auerbach, frontman for The Black Keys and The Arcs, is a busy guy working on a number of personal music projects alongside his regular producing duties, so there's almost always something to talk about. But, instead of his music, the "Lake Superior" singer is opening up about parenting, fashion and boxing.
Rolling Stone spoke with Auerbach this week with a short interview that touched on everything not all that music related. When asked about his upbringing under the wing of his "hippie" father, Auerbach shared some of the parenting tips he learned from that experience.
"My parents were always open and honest and real - my dad f*cking cursed all the time," Auerbach said. "They didn't hide stuff from me and it's made for a good relationship. You're going to be best served just being yourself - if you were phony as a parent, they'll sniff that sh*t out really quick when they get older."
Auerbach also shared that he boxes every day to get out some of his rage, although admits that it doesn't always work. However, he's also a pacifists saying, "Fighting's for p*ssies. You're fighting because you can't express yourself. I never want to be that weak."
For many Midwesterners, his fashion advice probably hits home as the Akron, Ohio, native detailed how he basically only ever wears one pair of jeans.
"In the Midwest, you get a pair of jeans and then you just wear them until the crotch splits, and then you have to get a new pair," Auerbach said. "I buy a lot of pants, but I only wear my jeans. I see myself as this person who can wear slacks, and then I never do it."
Maybe his fashion choices explain why he was always left alone to his own mind as he explained in a Nashville Cream interview back in December of 2014. The Midwest lifestyle that leaves many people stuck in their own homes fearing the cold, allowed Auerbach to discover his own little world of blues music, and probably gave him the freedom to ware the same pants everyday.