August 26, 2005
John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to the Independent Weekly over a game of Scrabble.
"If a singer/songwriter guy goes into the studio and thinks he knows what he wants and tries to tell people what to do, he's going to end up with a disaster of a record. You have to let the people who are good at what they do, do what they do."
Some Sufjan Stevens links for today:
"I think I usually write about people I know, more than I write about myself," he says. "But I think on this record, I did something a little different, in that I sort of used myself as a character. As I was writing, I was sort of picturing what I would do, or sort of making up a story about myself that is not really autobiographical. It's just using yourself as a character in a song."
"I remember Robbie Williams walking down the main street with four bodyguards and everyone was thinking, Who the f*** is that? Who does he think he is?" says Sveinsson. "Björk is really famous but she hangs out at the same bars as everyone else. It keeps you on the ground."
As much as anything, this is the vividly told story of how a band came to be a band, and what's been involved it in remaining one.
Coca-Cola are apparently keen to find a new song which will rival impact of ‘I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke’ which featured in a 1971 advertising campaign.
"I hope my records will define the audience," he said. "I hope that people can connect without having the, 'I like Matador records, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Smog' mentality."