[Best of 2010] Band Interview Quotes


She said what? Oh no she didn’t! Oh yes she did! Of the many interviews that SFCritic conducted this year (including Phoenix, Broken Social Scene, Pavement, Cake, B.o.B., and Local Natives) there was a range of silly, ridiculous, intelligent, and interesting comments made by artists. Whether they told us who they’d like to have sex with, their worst jobs, or moments they cried–we’ve archived it all. To kick off a week of “Best of 2010” here is our list of favorite quotes from 2010.

LoveLikeFireAnn Yu of LoveLikeFire on her worst job to support herself as a musician.

SFS: Didn’t you have a job putting on socks for someone?

Ann Yu (AY): That was my worst job. I had a job helping this guy recuperate from hip replacement surgery, running errands for him. One of my job requirements was that I had to put on these crazy medical socks. He was like a six foot tall, and I’m five-three. His legs were completely swollen, so trying to put on these medical socks, I was literally pressed against the side of his couch trying to use all my energy to put them on. On top of that his skin was super flakey.

Kate Nash on her vocabulary.

SFC: Finally, after this conversation, and what I’ve read about you—it’s evident that you read, and are very intelligent, so why do you use the word “like” so often?

Kate Nash (KN): Like I know, I don’t know (laughs). I’m just a kid from Harrow in London. I guess I’m not as eloquent as I’d like to be. Or, I’m not as eloquent as I wish I were. How about that?

PhoenixLaurent Brancowitz of Phoenix on his reaction to winning a Grammy.

SFC: After you received the Grammy, what happened next?

Laurent Brancowitz (LB): When I received the Grammy it was one of the saddest moments of my life. Not the day of the celebration, that was one of the happiest. When I got it home I put it near my book, I saw it and I never felt so bad. I don’t know. I gave it to my mother because I don’t want to see it anymore. I don’t know it’s the end of something and I don’t want.

FreddieFreddie Gibbs on girls he would sleep with.

SFC: Is there a particular hoe that’s your long-term goal?

Freddie Gibbs (FG): I want to get one of the Simmon’s sisters. Run DMC’s daughters. I look at them as nice young girls. They look like wife material, but you never know. I heard one of them is Bow Wow’s girlfriend, but that won’t be an issue. If I’m going to fuck with a girl in the industry, it’s going to be a low key bitch. I don’t want no Rhiana. I’d hit that shit, don’t get it twisted, but I wouldn’t take her home to my momma.

SFC: That would be a bad situation.

FG: Yeah she fucked with Matt Kemp. He might fucking chase me with a baseball bat or some shit. I’ll shoot him, but you know.

Jannis Makrigiannis of Choir of Young Believers on the importance of music to connect with people.

Jannis Makrigiannis: “I think that we all need to feel touched, or need emotional activity and I get that far more often by listening or playing music than I do from actually talking to people”

Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene on the name of his blog.

SFCritic (SFC): So I saw that you’re blogging. It’s called Pfffftt.

Justin Peroff (JP): Yeah–it’s hard to pronounce. It wasn’t my choice to name it that. It seems sort of tongue and cheek, but you know—internet culture.

John Gourley of Portugal. The Man on signing to Atlantic Records.

John Gourley (JG): The reality is, when it comes down to it, it has to be a good business decision for them as well. They didn’t sign our band because they wanted a band that sells 20,000 records, that just hangs out at their house and plays video games.

SFC: Wait you guys aren’t going to still do that? Is image becoming a bigger factor?

JG: No, unfortunately not. One of the first things that I said when I went in there was, “Shit do we get a stylist? Do we get all those clothes?” They were like, “No, man, you’re doing alright. You guys look alright now.” I was like “Damn it!”

Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow on the consumption of music in the blogosphere and its effect on music.

SFC: I think what the story would be would be about the co-optation of music that was once vibrant that became publicized and diluted.

Andrew Wyatt (AW): That’s always been the case. What I’m talking about is about the speed of the internet. In other words, before Ariel Pink could even get to the place that he could be recognized for what he did, (and I do think that he was an innovator, and he’s a person that’s inspiring to me, even though my music sounds absolutely nothing like him I find him an aspiring person)–by the time his name got out there to most people at the point where he could make a living off what he does, 14,000 bands sounded just like him. The same thing was not true for David Bowie when he made Low. By going to Berlin, and hearing a lot of music, and coming out and doing the album that would be Station to Station, or Berlin Trilogy, by the time he had made those records he was being significantly rewarded for what he was doing. I don’t think that’s case now a days. To me it’s because of the internet that everyone’s attention gets fragmented. I think a lot of people’s contributions are overlooked.

Emily Haines of Metric on the issues of gender in music.

SFC: Is your gender an issue in the rock world, or is it more of a topic for the press?

Emily Haines (EH): I don’t know. It’s of course a “something.” Being a girl is a something. Being a boy is normal and then everyone else—girls–anyone who is not a boy is the exception. I’m excited for a time when there are enough female musicians that it stops being a genre.

(Some music from the artists mentioned in this article)

Chiddy Bang Ft. Kate Nash: “Breakfast” DL

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Choir of Young Believers: “Action Reaction” DL

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Broken Social Scene ft. Lisa Lonsinger (*corrected*): “All to All” DL

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