MARK LANEGAN DISCUSSES ELECTRONIC INFLUENCES & WHY HE DOESN’T WRITE POLITICAL SONGS

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This is from a new German interview Mark did with DRadio:

Anja Reinhard: When I heard the album, I noticed again that we live in pretty dark times. In the eighties it was all about money, in the nineties to party and have fun. But the last five years are determined by very different crises. Climate crisis, banking crisis, financial crisis, pollution and much more. Do you agree with that?

Mark Lanegan: Maybe I’m just too busy with myself, but that’s not really my way of seeing things. I prefer to concern myself with things about which I am in control. In life there are so incredibly much about which we have no power. I’m so not that good. What else is there, of course, if someone I know, bad. If someone has experienced something bad, then I’m with. But I do not think about that my view of things and events could perhaps change something.

Anja Reinhard: Where the texts are full of your songs are not exactly on carelessness.

Mark Lanegan: Happiness is relative. What happens to a dark, can be funny or encouragement for another person. Personally, I find my peace and quite such a thing as happiness or solace in songs that others would regard as very dark. Man, you can then identify yourself with it. For me the best kind of music is the one where I have the feeling that they can share an experience with someone.

Anja Reinhard: In recent years you have worked with several people coming from the electronic music, such as Unkle or Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass. Are you doing more in the future?

Mark Lanegan: I’ve always listened to music, had the electronic elements. On my last record I’ve used, for example, old drum machines and synthesizers that have certain textures that I like to use for my music. This creates a very different acoustic landscape, if you will. Has emerged as this album, I’ve heard a lot of old stuff from Germany: Can, Neu, Harmonia, Cluster, Kraftwerk, those things that I hear has been for years, but never so intensely!. Then I bought some old drum machines and keyboards, and instead of the usual to compose with the guitar, the songs I’ve been using these devices. And probably I’m going to write this kind continue.

  • Ripley

    This looks like it was transcribed by a 3rd grader.

  • mr. spiderman

    What a shitty translation.

  • Dreux

    Horrible translation. But to the point, I like that he wanted to challenge himself and compose songs with new instruments/devices. Changing it up like that always keeps things fresh. I’m also glad he doesn’t bother writing politically charged songs for the very reason I get annoyed when anyone else does, the reason being “what’s the point?” It’s become a horrible epidemic these days for “artists” to exploit things like war, terrorist attacks, the economy, fucking Occupy Wall Street, ANYTHING to fool people into thinking they can relate to something that barely affects them. And even when an artist’s politics are genuine (John Lennon, RATM), what good is it in the end when all anyone wants to do in that generation is party?

  • kurt staley

    ^What he said!!