Nick Cave has taken his new fan led website a step further by wonderfully answering a question from a 10-year-old fan.
Cave has founded the website The Red Hand Files, an open platform that allows him to take and answer questions from the public. Having already detailed his “calm, joyful and reckless” friendship with Warren Ellis and opened up about the tragic death of his son, Cave welcomed a question from Ptolemy, a loving fan from Launceston, Australia.
In the question, Ptolemy writes: “I am 10 and have been surrounded by and listened to your music as long as I can remember. I saw you in Hobart in January 2017 and I’ll be there again to see you in January 2019.
“None of my friends listen to anything cool, interesting or beautiful. How will having your music in my life so early on affect me, and have you got any advice for me? Thank you,” the question concluded.
Cave, seemingly recognising the child, offered an insight into a time they met in Hobart and explained how he wished that had answered the initial question in more detail. Taking his answer a step further, the Bad Seeds frontman explains to Ptolemy that listening to “very strange and obscure music” is “like having a secret knowledge” in a wonderfully sincere letter.
Here, see Cave’s response in full: