HIS UPCOMING INSTRUMENTAL PIANO ALBUM,
AWK: ... in fact, all three artists on my record label are playing
AKM: And that's Ecstatic Peace, right? Thurston Moore's label?
AWK: Uh, no. It's the record label that I started. It's called
Skyscraper Music Maker.
AKM: Oh yeah. Those are the guys that you're doing
Damn! The Mixtape
AWK: Yeah. It's my own record label. I started it. I created it.
Thurston Moore has a separate label, which is a fantastic label, and
we're doing a release together called '55 Cadillac, where he's doing the
vinyl version and I'm putting it out on CD on this label that I started.
AKM: About '55 Cadillac, that's sort of instrumental, on-the-fly
AWK: Yes, exactly.
AKM: I read somewhere that it started on the One Man Show tour; you
just started sitting down playing the piano and it went pretty well. So,
that continued to this album?
AWK: Well, not exactly. It was Thurston Moore who asked if I would
record a solo piano album so he could put it out, and he really put the
idea in my head. I mean, it was something I'd always thought about doing
for a long time, but when he suggested it, it gave me that kind of
outside support that motivated me to actually make it happen. But I did
it in a much different way, 'cause originally I was going to make the
album, write out songs, and overdub a lot of different layers of piano -
which is an album I still would like to make someday.
But I decided to do this one completely spontaneously and try and
make up songs as I went along, 'cause that was something I had been
having fun with performing. When I had been doing solo performances, I
thought, "well, maybe I could make a record where I didn't labor over
every song and record a million parts and write and rewrite the lyrics."
Hopefully, all songs come together relatively effortlessly. But it
doesn't get much more effortless when you just play and record and
that's it. It's a bit scary, too, but it was a good feeling for me.
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published July 11, 2009
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