My Morning Routine
⇾ Gavin Rossdale, Musician
My Morning Routine
⇾ Gavin Rossdale, Musician
The Bush frontman, menswear fan and dad on starting your day with balance
Gavin Rossdale isn’t slowing down. The guy always has something going on. Of course, he's best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of legendary rock band Bush. They're reflecting on their three-decade legacy (selling more than 24 million records and over 1 billion streams) this month with a 21-track compilation, Loaded: The Greatest Hits 1994-2023. But this isn't some swan song, as Rossdale has no intention of taking his foot off the gas. Along with music, he still does a fair amount of acting, owns his own clothing brand, Sea of Sound, and is currently working on a cooking show. With so much going on, it's amazing he still finds a way to notch out quiet time for inspiration and quality time with family. The British rocker just became a grandfather this past April and all I can say is that the kid is blessed with one badass grandpa. I got the chance to catch up with Rossdale and pick his brain about work-life balance, creativity and how he maintains such an epic head of hair.
Those moments between turning off the alarm and getting into our work routine can be the most defining 60 minutes of our day. Benjamin Franklin set a day's worth of plans by 5 am and Steve Jobs asked a simple question: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" Our rituals are a reflection of us. So we've ventured out to discover how some of our most influential and fruitful peers get started.
I like my mornings on my terms.
I have no problem getting up early. They're only tough if there's an unusually early start. Like the broken sleep of an early flight or a job. That's rough when mornings are on someone else's terms.
The older I get, the less I need
I still set it most days, but now I try to beat the alarm and get up first. And the snooze button? That's a lose button. As a kid those extra three minutes were everything, but I found out later that you often slip back into another deep REM cycle—which is why the snooze button will fuck you every time. Don't do it people.
When you’re busy (with anything), you need to find little pockets of personal time.
I try for six or seven hours of sleep. But it's important for me to get a little time for myself and that's usually in the morning, when the house is quiet. I have kids, so 6 am gives me that time—before the rush, the burritos, egg sandwiches, the lunches, medication for the dog, etc.
My nightstand ...
I’m one of those guys that always makes the bed.
It's an easy first achievement of the day. Plus, the Dalai Lama and Jordan Peterson seem to recommend it.
But I’m guilty of going right to my phone as soon as I get up.
It goes something like this ... texts, then WhatsApp, to my email and then The Guardian. Almost always in that order.
One thing I do every day, without fail, in the morning ...
Is reflect on what I ate the night before. For better or worse.
The first person I speak to ...
Is usually my son Apollo when I wake him up for school. If not him, then I usually call my mum in England.
When I’m at home I work out most days.
I exercise to sweat as much as I can and let the bad decisions from the day before evaporate, before leaving the room for the endless possibilities of the new day.
Coffee is my ritual. My sanity.
It's pretty simple: one heaped teaspoon of illy filter coffee. A half cup of boiling water, and a half cup heated whole milk (54 seconds in the microwave).
I’m not much a breakfast person though.
I prefer breakfast much later in the day, so I can really enjoy it. I'm talking about a full English breakfast, but no beans.
Before I can get to work, I need to settle my mind.
Feeling at peace and undisturbed, a rare feat indeed. But I've got to at least have peace of mind before I really begin.
Show days are always
a little different.
Silence is the best for my voice on the days when I'm going to perform. Then warming up is much later in the day. Nobody wants to peak too early.
When I’m not touring, the day starts sooner.
And it has a lot more work variables. And, honestly, I do a lot more. Being on the road is really about being a sloth all day to be a maniac for the show that night.
I’d describe my grooming routine ... as quick.
What you see is what you get. I work with some great people in the industry, but when I'm on my own, I keep it simple. But I do like styling my hair so it's straight and slick. That lasts about seven minutes.
Clockwise, from top left
Days of Dirt styling cream, $35 by California Born
Pluko pomade, $13.99 by Black & White
Bond Maintenance No. 4 shampoo, $15 by Olaplex
Sculpting conditioning cream, $28 by Matthew Preece
Classico roast coffee, $14.99 by illy
Protection mint toothpaste, $7.99 by Elgydium
Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush, $279.96 by Philips
Blood-flow restriction bands, $11.49 by BFR BANDS
Full-body resistance bands, $16.99 by TRX
Days of Dirt
styling cream, $35
by California Born
Black & White
No. 4 shampoo,
$15 by Olaplex
cream, $28 by
$7.99 by Elgydium
$279.96 by Philips
$14.99 by illy
$11.49 by BFR BANDS
Full-body resistance bands,
$16.99 by TRX
I always put some thought into what I’m going to wear.
I'm all about practicality. I never believed in suffering clothing-wise. But I want to look good. If I have an early start, I'll lay everything out beforehand and make it super easy for myself. Otherwise, normally I consider what I'm up to, and just follow the vibe and take it from there.