Quick-fire questions with Andreas Metaxa, AKA Supersnake

‘I hate when you’re having a conversation with someone and they can’t make eye contact with you, or they keep looking over at their phone’

In this incisive and lightweight questionnaire for the modern person about town, we interview Supersnake, the Instagram satirist joyfully skewering international high society, with over 280,000 friends in high places…

GJ: What simple thing changed your life most unexpectedly?

Direct sunlight first thing when I wake up and not looking at my phone for at least 30 minutes.

Which city is the best in the world?

My favourite city in the world, right now, is Los Angeles.

What’s your favourite insult?

As a Greek, I would have to say “malaka”.

How do you get to sleep?

I try to stop looking at a screen at least an hour before bed.

Apart from therapy, what is the best form of therapy?

First thing, every day – write out three pages, by hand, about anything you want.

Which podcast do you most often recommend to someone?

I’m obsessed with Diary of a CEO, Joe Rogan, Andrew Huberman and Modern Wisdom.

Supersnake, Andreas Metaxa

Which piece of advice do you wish you’d followed?

I always get advised to not care what people think – which is easier said than done.

Do you have a uniform?

I almost always wear a James Perse t-shirt, Spoke jeans and Nike sneakers. The only part of my outfit that I spend money on is my sneakers, and my Loro Piana jackets/sweaters when I’m in London.

What is your favourite time of the day or night?

I love mornings and I love breakfast. I’m most productive and happy early-to-late morning.

Which accent is the finest in the world?

Ok, it’s hard to describe, but I like my accent. It’s a London accent, but it’s not too posh and most of my friends sound like this, too. Nothing worse than the “rah rah” Eton/Prince William accent.

What’s been your most extravagant purchase ever?

A Bentley Continental GT car.

Do you have any recurring dreams?

I have recurring nightmares that I’m back at Oxford University and it’s the morning of an exam that I haven’t studied for.

What is the finest aperitif?

Probably an extra-dirty martini.

What is the best thing about getting older?

That you truly become comfortable in your own skin and comfortable with the way you want to live.

What is your tip for public speaking?

Your natural, primal impulse when getting nervous is to tense up, lean forward and cross your arms. This is due to nature’s fight-or-flight response. I find that opening my arms out wide and sticking my chest out tricks the mind into thinking that you have nothing to fear.

“Nothing worse than the ‘rah rah’ Eton/Prince William accent”

What was a childhood fear that you conquered?

I was an extremely shy, antisocial child and I could only ever be myself around people I was very comfortable with. Now, I’m at the stage where I can talk to anybody without any fear or trepidation.

I was even seated next to Elon Musk at a dinner [last year] and, surprisingly, I didn’t feel nervous at all. I just broke the ice by bonding over memes, then the rest of dinner was incredibly fun.

What is your favourite piece of art?

For some reason, I’m fascinated by the works of Lucio Fontana.

Which quotation is always stuck in your head?

There’s a Drake lyric, from the song 'Fair Trade', which I love. The line is “I’ve been losing friends and finding peace, honestly that sounds like a fair trade to me”.

Supersnake, Andreas Metaxa, with his hands together

Which small thing irritates you inordinately?

I hate when you’re having a conversation with someone and they can’t make eye contact with you, or they keep looking over at their phone.

What is your favourite pair of shoes?

The Travis Scott Jordan 1 Retro Low Reverse Mocha.

What is one thing that’s always worth paying more for?

Flights. As a 6ft 5 man, it’s very uncomfortable for me to fly long haul and not be able to fully lay flat.

What is your go-to dessert?

I’m obsessed with the French toast at LPM London or the half-baked cookie at Scorpios Mykonos.

What did you learn from your parents?

My mother taught me unconditional love, how to be humble, respect people and be proud in being ambitious and hard-working. My father taught me how to have conversations with anybody on the planet, regardless of their status.

Who is the most interesting person you know?

I have a friend called Matt Bilinsky. He’s an incredibly intelligent lawyer and is a very adept commentator on current affairs and politics.

How would you describe your personal style?

Simple, classic and elegant with a contemporary twist.

Which famous person’s death affected you most?

Probably Virgil Abloh. I had the chance to do a party with him, one time, and also met him at various other times, socially, through some friends. He was always incredibly kind, humble and deeply intelligent.

What are you looking forward to doing tomorrow?

I cherish the simple things in life. I look forward to flying back to London, going to the gym and seeing my best friends at dinner.

How would you like to be remembered?

I want to leave my mark on this planet through my comedy, and, hopefully, my music. I would love to finally leave this planet in the knowledge that I positively impacted many people’s lives by making them laugh at the absurdity of the world that we live in.

This feature was taken from Gentleman’s Journal’s Winter 2023 issue. Read more about it here.

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