BBC 6 Interview with Daniel Rossen and Chris Taylor
Well, we couldn’t help but ask if Ed Droste and Chris Bear have ever pondered a side project of their own. “Bear and I have, like, we like to write together and we have a bunch of songs which we’ve been collecting through the years and we jokingly call a side project. I don’t know whether it ever really will be” the singer said.
Interjecting, Chris Bear added: “There’s stuff we play around with which definitely feels like more of a tangent than would work in the band.”
“Maybe someday we’ll release a song here or there” explained Droste. “I don’t think we’ll ever do like the album thing. But we have a different aesthetic which we are drawn to sometimes, perhaps on a dancier / pop tip which we get down on and have fun with. We haven’t honed down on it. It’s more of a hobby than something which is serious! We want you to review this! We want you to buy this! It’s more like, I think if we actually did do it then we’d probably just release the songs for free.”
Click through as Ed Droste talks Shields, influences, his current tunes on repeat and fashion with Mr. Porter.
|Interviewer :||Okay well, my last question actually comes from a special surprise guest who asked me to ask you this, so you’ll have to guess who this question came from.|
|Victoria Legrand :||You’re asking it for them?|
|Interviewer :||Exactly, and you have come up with who you think might have asked it. The question is how many pieces of celery can you fit in your hair?|
|Victoria Legrand :||(laughs) Who is that?! It could be like, five people. Um, I can fit…a buffalo wing in my hair….|
|Interviewer :||Any idea who that might have come from?|
|Victoria Legrand :||Yeah, it could be, um…Ed Droste?|
|Interviewer :||That’s it.|
In the Studio with Grizzly Bear, Rolling Stone Magazine
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“Gathering around a piano and singing together…it’s a sort of an antiquated concept I think these days.”
The category freak folk is sometimes used to try and describe Grizzly Bear’s music. But where did this type of sound come from? I’m talking way back. Beyond late night sessions, beyond the band seeking some sort of musical perfection. What are its roots? The answer to this kind of question is often a surprise, and Droste is no exception. Here’s musician Edward Droste on growing up around the piano with his grandparents.
Interviewed by Rick Moody, writer
Italian restaurant in Brooklyn
Read the entire interview with Edward Droste at BombSite.com
Host & Executive Producer: David Gerlach
Music credit: Grizzly Bear “Two Weeks” // Ella Fitzgerald “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” // Owen Richards “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”
Read the transcript and discover more lost interviews at http://blankonblank.org/interviews/edward-droste-on-growing-up-around-his-grandparents-piano/.
Read an interview with Daniel Rossen about the new album on The Fly
Should we expect any surprises?
It’s hard to say if anything will shock people, there are definitely some stylistic choices that we’ve never really done before. There’s not a lot of electric guitar which is strange, a lot of piano-based songs and a lot of synthesisers, but not in an obnoxious way. The general palette is very different, but it still has the lushness, it still sounds like us. I really don’t even know what it is.
- Daniel simply whispered “I can’t tell you” when we asked what the album was called.
- He strongly believes that his bandmate Chris Taylor needs a vacation, “he’s very bad at taking time off”.
- At one point he mentioned a trumpet player who features on the new album. His name sounded like ‘Tatem Green Platter’.
Chris Taylor and Eddie Vedder are interviewed by a few kids from the Bridge School News Network!
CRACK Magazine interviews Chris Taylor
Interview with Chris Taylor
NoiseVox interviews Chris Taylor—click through to watch the interview