Anton Newcombe, le leader des Brian Jonestown Massacre, s’est confié à MusiK Please voici la retranscription de cette interview exclusive en langue originale.
Musik Please : – Listening to your new album, we feel a whole piece of mind and serenity. Is it Berlin’s atmosphere that calm you ?
Anton Newcombe : – I’m not so sure, I have a lot of time to myself, as much as I need – it’s kind of unique in a modern urban environment – I don’t have many troubles these days and I have good people helping me run my business add to that I’m getting older and very focused on this next part of my life and what I want to do. You see even if I jumped around higher than the sun trying to be Iggy Pop – I am not trapped ever by my younger self, I’m just me – exploring ideas & that feels good even as I ponder the future. Right now the group is upset because it was very expensive to tour and we have a lot of people – it’s not cheap – the easy answer as a business is get rid of some people or don’t play anymore tough choices because I can’t ask people to play such big concerts and end up with very little – but it’s expensive – really expensive and we’re one of the only groups that can do it – blah blah blah – so I ignore shit like that – stuff that troubles my mind and I write music.
MP : – You are a very creative person. How do you plan your songwriting sessions ?
Anton Newcombe : – I don’t plan them, I get up everyday and ride the train two stops to my studio and work from 10am to about 5pm, then I go home and eat with my family – I try and make things, anything up – just to be creative – I switch styles – play symphonic cinematic folk rock fuzz whatever. I feel really,just to be free and try – not all of it is interesting but quite often I get on a roll where I can do 10 or 20 great ideas in a row like I did this new ep and the fake French soundtrack and a Tess parks record in a month and that is a lot of music.
MP : – Who is the boy on Revelation’s sleeve ?
Anton Newcombe : – His name is Vincent Cordebard – and I really respect his work – he’s a French artist & the woman I work with took it from the internet and added to it without asking so we had to find him and he was very cool about it and he didnt have to be at all –
MP : – We saw your band in Nimes in may. We were very surprised to notice that the show was very professional, very well organized. Big change, don’t you think ?
Anton Newcombe : – Not so much – things have a fluid nature – the shame is the band actually got excellent about a month later in the uk – we have good days and bad days and sometimes they last a month.
MP : – Back in France soon ?
Anton Newcombe : – I’m not sure,like I said people are kind of pissed so that has to work itself out – there’s talk about doing a symphonic performance with a pocket orchestra for « music for film imagined » if that can be worked out – but who knows – I may stay in my studio for two years making albums.
MP : – Joel Gion have an atypical function and place on stage. How do you put it in place ?
Anton Newcombe : – I like having him as the focus so I can just play music and people can watch him.
MP : – Joel has just released his first album. Did he ask you advices during the making of Apple Bonkers ? Do you like the result of the recordings ?
Anton Newcombe : – No it was important for him to figure out his own persona because we’re so linked by our history and I love that – he’s doing a good job.
MP : – You play lots of instruments. How do you learn music ?
Anton Newcombe : – I teach myself – I love music and I know what I love about it,even if it’s an accordion like an old guy playing in a French movie – I can imagine how that sounds so I know where to start and how to figure it out – it’s the same for anything any instrument – when I hear an organ part maybe I try to play like green onions booker t etc – or if I’m playing a slow song I’ll try and play drums like Bob Dylan ISIS – and it goes on and on – my acoustic guitar I want it to sound like Donovan hurdygurdy man etc
MP : – Are you always temped to make a movie soundtrack ? Any plan on that front ?
Anton Newcombe : – Yes – I’m moving in that direction big time.
Anton Newcombe : – I’m happy people like them but listen,they don’t spend a lot of time talking about me so why should I talk about them – I would rather talk about stuff that will be important in 20 years – having said that I want to make records with people – but I want them to be really original – not just new to 19 years old.
MP : – What is the price of your musical independence ?
Anton Newcombe : – I’m in a good place and I’m doing well thank you.
MP : – Your favorite band please ?
Anton Newcombe : – I don’t have a favorite band because I don’t need to.
MP : – Last question, and perhaps the most important one, don’t you have any cell phone yet ?
Anton Newcombe : – I had to get one because I have my baby Wolfgang here and when you have a family you have to have a phone.