fuck da man
I wanted to stick to my artistic vision, retain some credibility, and not dumb down, but the studio execs really had me by the balls. They wanted more Ed Sheeran and Skrillex. They wanted laddish banter and a prank phone call bit, and by God, they tried to grind me down. But I held my ground. I stared those suits down, slowly raised my middle finger while making a creaking noise out of the corner of my mouth and said, "Listen up, you corporate vermin. It's my way or the highway! Either take these poorly recorded middlebrow digressions about weird music and films, or hire some sexy show-off kid with all the right moves...but no Goddamn soul."
That told them.
Um the new microphone. Um. Yeah. I know it is a good piece of equipment, but I obviously did something wrong recording this episode as my voice 'clips' just a little. I had no headphones to monitor myself (typical shite with me), and might have made the mistake of leaving the microphone volume up a bit too high. My guest, John from Solar Bears, sounds grand though. He sat in a sensible spot and didn't honk up close to the microphone like his interviewer. I promise to improve over time.
John was a great guest. He's a thoughtful guy with a clear love of cinema. We discussed the director Lars Von Trier, the relationship independent musicians have with bloggers in Ireland, Irish music blogging in general, an "antiquated hip hop" performer called S. Maharba, downloading culture, and finally what to expect next from Solar Bears. It's really good. Do listen.
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