GQ: Speaking of festivals, I got a chance to see you join Pearl Jam onstage at their recent 20th anniversary blowout festival. How do you know Eddie and the gang?
Dhani Harrison: I met them at the Bob Dylan festival, the tribute concert back in ‘92. I was like 14 or something. We were in rehearsals. My dad laid me on them cause he had to go and do rehearsals. So he left me with Pearl Jam. They were like my heroes. They were just like “Okay Mr. Harrison” and looked after me. That was the night that Sinead O'Connor got booed offstage. Remember that? I watched that whole thing go down from the wing of the stage with Kris Kristofferson, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder. It was crazy. And then about a year ago I was in Seattle with Fistful of Mercy [a trio he fronts with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur] and we ended up at Eddie’s house, cause Ben Harper is obviously a really good friend of Eddie’s. Basically we ended up over at Eddie’s to play a game of Laird Hamilton ax darts—I’m sure you’ve heard the stories about the ax darts. We played ax darts, and I think halfway through the evening, Eddie looked at me and was kinda like, “Oh my God, you’re that kid! You were that kid from all those years ago, but you grew up.” And it was really funny 'cause he took me over to his stereo and he showed me that he had a copy of the Fistful of Mercy record. And I was just so blown away. Getting approval from your heroes is a very cool thing in life. I highly recommend it to anyone. (2011)
I got hired on the spot again this time at The Face Shop (even after that girl told me I was at a disadvantage for not knowing how to speak Mandarin or Cantonese). However, I think my new co-workers are kinda annoyed with me because the supervisor (who looks like he can be Eddie Huang’s uncle) looked at my resume and was like, “Oh you worked at a salon, you graduated makeup school. We’re gonna do a promotion now where if the customer spends $49+ they get a facial, hand massage, and a mini makeover!” And like.. I felt so bad for these girls :c
BUT I got hired and start tomorrow.
I wanna thank BECCA for making me glow and getting me jobs.