PNAU frontman Nick Littlemore opens up about hanging with his mentor Elton John, taking DMT and talking to God

Even if you briefly talk with dance trio PNAU’s frontman Nick Littlemore, it’s quite apparent he has a bundle of creative energy inside him that’s aching to get out. He exudes a laid-back, bohemian demeanor, but can quickly work himself up into bursts of chatter, jumping between tangents while emitting grandiose physical gestures -- which he worries weirds out his neighbors who can see into his window.

But the 40-year-old Australia native is widely known for expressing his artistic passion through his musical groups (which include PNAU, flamboyant alt-pop sensation Empire of the Sun and several other side projects) and their vivid theatrical performances that have become revered for their whimsical, dreamlike presentation.

Even before Empire of the Sun exploded behind 2008 hit single Walking On A Dream, Littlemore had attracted a devoted fan in Sir Elton John for his work with PNAU. The legendary crooner declared PNAU’s 2007 self-titled album to be the greatest record he’d heard in 10 years, and signed them to his label.  

“He’s been in my life ever since. It’s been bizarre and surreal and amazing,” Littlemore told AOL ahead of PNAU’s performance at CRSSD music festival in San Diego on September 29. “I try to put his positivity into our music, this renaissance of psychedelics.”

CRSSD Festival Fall 2017
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CRSSD Festival Fall 2017

Spurred by roughly 40 doses of the hallucinogenic drug DMT over the past two years, the former Cirque Du Soleil show composer has undergone a psychedelic awakening that’s given an extra shot of lucid visuality to his already vibrant music.

“Every time I go deep in the multi-dimensional plane, I come back with something,” Littlemore said. “I get a greater awareness of plants and things, or an interest in going through the different religions and buildings I otherwise wouldn’t have noticed.”

Another apparent side effect of DMT? Meeting your maker.

Littlemore matter-of-factly mentions that he’s had a conversation with God in his backyard – and confirms Ariana Grande’s claim that God is a woman.

“We had a chat for 3 to 4 hours. She’s lovely, completely down to earth,” Littlemore said pleasantly. “The Native Americans believe the earth is a woman and the mother, and the father is the sky. I haven’t met the sky – I’ve always been more attracted to female energy. It feels protective, open, loving and understanding -- more complex and interesting.”

Littlemore seems like he's accumulated a ton of frequent flyer points from visits to unknown cosmic universes, but he hasn’t performed in the U.S. since 2002 despite the massive success Empire of the Sun has found stateside (Empire’s other co-founder plays live shows without Littlemore). But PNAU’s newest album Changa -- named after a DMT-infused smoking blend, naturally -- has opened doors in America for the group and their bouncy, blissful sound.  

Debuting at a dance-focused festival like CRSSD seems like an ideal situation for PNAU. And who knows? Maybe Sir Elton will make an appearance.

“When I was over at Elton’s house a little while ago, he was banging techno,” Littlemore said with a laugh. “You think he’d be listening to something from the ‘70s, but he’s listening to the most current underground mixes.”

Elton John through the years
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Elton John through the years
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 22: Photo of Elton JOHN; First publicity pictures - in Hampstead (Photo by Val Wilmer/Redferns)
(NO SUB AGENCIES IN UK, FRANCE, HOLLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, JAPAN.) Elton John 1974 during Elton John File Photos 1970's in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
CIRCA 1971: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait wearing glasses in circa 1971. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1972: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait backstage in circa 1972. (Photo by Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
English singer-songwriter and pianist Elton John, London, 1973. (Photo By Michael Putland/Getty Images)
English pop singer Elton John in a white jacket and rococco spectacles during a photoshoot at his home for his 1974 Greatest Hits album, 1974. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1974: Pop singer Elton John performs onstage at the piano wearing a giant fuzzy hat in circa 1974. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 01: Photo of Elton JOHN (Photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns)
LONDON - 1975: Elton John performs in concert circa 1975 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1977: Pop singer Elton John performs with Kiki Dee in circa 1977. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Singer Olivia Newton-John and musician Elton John attend the 'Grease' Premiere Party on June 13, 1978 at Studio 54 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Musician Elton John performs onstage, Chicago, Illinois, September 5, 1980. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
SHEPPERTON - JUNE 1981: Elton John at Shepperton Studios near London on 1st June 1981 during the filming of a videogram for his album The Fox. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)
English pop star, Elton John, performing in a colourful costume at the Hammersmith Odeon. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
TUNISIA - MARCH 31: Evening party 'Cartier' in El Kantaoui in Tunisia on March 31th,1983 - Elton John was overwhelmed when' cartier' offered him its latest gold Plated sun glasses which he isn't wearing here. (Photo by Laurent MAOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6: Elton John performs on stage, with at Watford flag on his piano, at Ahoy on 6th May 1984 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
LONDON - MAY 1985: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait in a film studio in May 1985 in London, England. (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Elton John and Joan Collins during Elton John and Joan Collins at Langan's Brasserie at Langan's Brasserie in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – OCT 22: Elton John and Donatella Versace attend the Grand Opening of Planet Hollywood on October 22, 1991 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John backstage before Elton John performs at Shea Stadium on August 21, 1992 in New York City.
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Singer and composer Elton John stands next to commemorative display marking his record-breaking performance 28 November, 2001, at Madison Square Garden in New York. John will perform his 53rd show at the Garden on 28 November, breaking the previous record of 52 performances held by the Grateful Dead since 1994. John's first concert was on 23 September, 1973. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Musician Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice attend the 67th Annual Academy Awards on March 27, 1995 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
MODENA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: The picture shows opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (R) with Sir Elton John during the 1996 Pavarotti & Friends charity concert, in Modena, Italy. The Opera Star Luciano Pavarotti has died at the age of 71 at his home in Modena, Italy at 5am local time on September 6, 2007. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1229 -- Pictured: Musical guest Elton John performs on September 22, 1997 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Jim Carrey, Mariah Carey and Elton John (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Elton John & Billie Jean king during Smash Hits with Billie Jean King and Elton John at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by R. Diamond/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 16: Elton John performs at Datch forum on December 16, 2003 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Morena Brengola/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 09: Elton John performs on Day 3 of the 8th Annual Outside Lands Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
Singer Elton John performs at the Hillary Victory Fund "I'm With Her" benefit concert for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Radio City Music Hall in the Manhattan borough of New York City, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Musician Elton John performs at a concert in Twickenham in London, Britain June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Musician Elton John performs at a concert in Twickenham in London, Britain June 3, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Singer Elton John speaks on the red carpet during the commemoration of the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th year fall gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, in New York, U.S. November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Singer Elton John performs before announcing his final "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Elton John and Miley Cyrus perform "Tiny Dancer." REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

It just goes to show that you’re never too old to dance.

“That’s why we make dance music,” Littlemore said. “In the dark, anyone can dance.”

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