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Sep 10, 2013

Will Sheff on perfectionism, constraints, and the creative process

The Okkervil River frontman steals the show in this “Oral History of The Wrens’ Meadowlands.”

On perfectionism (vs. what I call “chain-smoking”):

You have your Neil Youngs of the world and you have your Stanley Kubricks of the world. And Neil Young is very much just like “OK on to the next record keep going, keep going, keep working.” Stanley Kubrick is crafting and crafting and crafting. There are different ways of working. If I fully give myself over to my perfectionist urges, I would probably release a record every 12 years.

On constraints:

The one time that I didn’t really have any boundaries while recording a record, and that I was able to do what I wanted and take all the time that I wanted was when I did I Am Very Far. And I was going insane. I wasn’t happy. It wasn’t a happy state to be in. So whatever the Wrens are doing works, but to me it sounds like torture. Just the most torturous thing that I could ever imagine.

And the burden of expectations:

I think that expectations are kind of the curse of our age. A lot of the time we don’t actually give the artwork the time to communicate what it is. The Meadowlands was such an amazing, wonderful, out-of-nowhere record that it suddenly captured everyone’s imagination. The best thing is to come in and not expect anything at all.

Filed under: music

Dec 20, 2012
So now I have Travis Tritt in my life and I’m happier for it. Probably the 17-year-old me would recoil in shock and horror, but that guy was kind of a dick anyway. The thing about listening to new (to you) music, even to music you feel uncomfortable about, is that it’s a win-win. If you turn out not to like it, then good for you: you were right all along. If you end up thinking it’s pretty cool, then you’ve just pushed those walls of your taste out a little further, which means you’re a bigger person inside, you[‘re] more open-minded, your soul has in some way expanded, you are who you didn’t realize you are.
Will Sheff on music snobbery
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