An informative AV Club interview with the man behinds DFA Records and LCD Soundsystem. The interviewer wastes no time in asking the retirement question right off the bat.
The A.V. Club: Let’s just get it out of the way: Why are you quitting?
James Murphy: I’m not quitting, per se. I don’t want to be a professional rock ensemble that releases albums and goes on tour and does that all that stuff anymore. You know, there’s making music, and then there’s being a professional musician—and as much as I love it, it’s so all-encompassing that we really can’t do anything else. We’re just going to stop that part. LCD Soundsystem will still exist, to a certain degree, but people won’t have to disappear from their homes for months and stuff like that.
AVC: So there’s a chance LCD Soundsystem could continue making music, but you just won’t tour or do interviews behind it?
JM: I don’t know. It’ll be like it was in the beginning, when I released a couple of 12-inches, did a bit of it live, and just kept doing projects. I’ll have time to do production and other stuff like that, too.
A lot more ground is covered, including a lot of themes or influences on This Is Happening as well as the story behind all of the band members being forced to wear white.
AVC: What’s the story behind forcing everybody to dress in all-white?
JM: This is going to be a potentially unsatisfying answer, but I thought it would be funny. I was just having—for lack of a less-weighted term—a vision of wearing a white suit and having a rock ’n’ roll mansion in L.A., and thinking it was pretty 1974 awesome. And I thought it would be really funny if everybody wore white all the time. So when we picked people up at the airport, we would have to take them to the store—if they didn’t have enough white clothes—to buy white clothes. In fact, my assistant Matt Cash had the best outfit of all, which I picked. I was like, “Dude, you need a white dashiki and white, flowy pajama pants, and no shoes, and no sunglasses.” And he wore that all the time, and it was awesome. It just looked great. It made you feel kind of cool. “Check this out! This looks cool! Everybody’s in white!” We had a white minivan—kind of creepy, like a cult. I like when you make a bad, simple joke and then follow through for months. If you’re just like, “What if everybody wore white? Ha ha ha.” “No, let’s do it.” That’s great. I love that crap. “What if we get the biggest balloon in the world?” “All right, let’s do it.” Those are my favorite things.
AVC: It seems like you’d have to be really careful about spillage.
JM: I think white clothes with stains in a rock ’n’ roll house is kind of what you need. Especially if you have a bloodstain—that’s a pretty good look. But yeah, coffee is a bummer. [Laughs.]
A good, somewhat long read for fans of the band.
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