MGMT Say They're Not Trying To Be Obscure
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.24.2013
It's not their plan...
In an interview with Digital Spy, MGMT's Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden said that they are not purposefully trying to be obscure artists. Here are highlights:
Goldwasser on if they were concerned with making something that wasn't completely original: "We didn't judge what we were doing against a lot of other music. We've played around with making really obvious references to different styles and eras of pop music [before]. We always want to make accessible music and even though the structures of the songs aren't straightforward, it's still a very inviting record. It's not trying to be obscure."
Goldwasser on if they worry their fans won't like the new sound: "The thought occurs to us once in a while but it's not something that we really draw on. We have a really good relationship with our fans and it seems like at this point, they're really excited to see us do something different each time."
VanWyngarden on if their music is a response to current chart music: "In part, I think. When we first met, we were listening to mainstream pop radio and singing along with Avril Lavigne, and we covered a Pink song. That appreciation for all-out mainstream pop music was always incorporated into our sound. I think there is a little bit of that spirit left in us now, but this time it was more of a reaction to every single song on the radio being about going out and drinking like it's the last night of your life. Ben and I were in agreement that if somehow you knew it was the last night of your life, the last place on earth I'd wanna be is in some s**ty club drinking vodka!"
Goldwasser on if bands give away too much on social media: "Yeah, that stuff really bothers me. And people have come to expect that from the artist, that they should be sharing every aspect of their lives. It dilutes the whole thing in a way, and I don't know if it'll ever be the same again where there were people like David Bowie. Who really knew anything about David Bowie? He was able to craft this mysterious image that wasn't really him but this character (Ziggy Stardust) he created. You don't know how much of it was him or the character. That's something that is getting lost."