We love Jesse Malin. He is a very talented singer/songwriter, who is currently on tour supporting his live album MERCURY RETROGRADE on Adeline Records (Billie Joe from Green Day's record label). Jesse was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about being a vegetarian on the road.
Check out the interview....
* Who are you and what do you do?
Jesse Malin, singer/songwriter/situationist.
* How long have you been a vegetarian/Vegan?
25 years - vegetarian. Vegan about 5 years somewhere in the middle.
* What is it like being a vegetarian on the road?
What are the major challenges you face? Is it getting easier these days to be vegetarian & be on the road?
When I first started touring in the old hardcore punk days people thought you were crazy unless you found a small hippy mom and pop health food spot it was difficult. You ate a lot of cheese and a lot of starch. It wasn't healthy and part of the reason I am vegetarian is health reasons and the other is environmental/political/animal rights. Nowadays there are more vegetarian options: a garden burger at Denny's or in the supermarkets frozen sections in most cities. The promoters at clubs are a mi llion times hipper to vegan and vegetarian needs. Whole Foods and Trader Joes' have become chains all across the U.S.
Europe though can still be hard, especially places like France and Germany. London is hip to vegetarians but the rest of the U.K. can be hit or miss.
* What are some of your favorite things to eat?
Vegetarian Burritos, good tofu or tempeh burgers, lots of salads with beans and nuts and veggies, soy milk and cereal, pasta, vegan pizza, vegetarian chili, hummus sandwiches, steamed vegetables and raw juices. Preferably organic when available.
Add Jesse Malin to your MySpace page (www.myspace.com/jessemalin)
Tell him Amy's sent you!