It’s really interesting listening to Baio talk; he’s an incredibly articulate and thoughtful speaker who is humble but still intensely realistic about his career and the music industry in general.(via tonedeaf.com.au)
“If you’re in a band,” he says, “there’s a really fierce social construct where you’re going to play certain songs, and the audience know what they’ll get, but with a DJ they can play anything. It’s not as clean cut there. Sometimes you’ll have to deal with very drunk people who come up and tell you they hate everything you’re playing and in a way I think it’s a good thing, because it made me feel a little less complacent and more comfortable about making my own tracks and putting them out to the world.”
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.Deepak Chopra (via modernhepburn)
Vampire Weekend | Halloween ‘08, ‘09, ‘11 and ‘12
2008 »> Vampire Weekend performed a Halloween show in Bristol, UK. Ezra had to take off his cape after a couple of songs because it was getting in the way. CT also took off his ninja costume towards the end of the show and played the drums shirtless.
2009 »> Vampire Weekend played a secret Halloween show at Madame Wong’s in Chinatown. Baio borrowed his shrimp costume from his friend Erik and later on, it was auctioned on Ebay. Ezra wanted to get a fake tattoo to complete his Ed Hardy douche costume, but he said he didn’t take it that far because he “isn’t wild and crazy” enough to do it.
2011 »> Ezra was kind enough to do another video chat for the fans, this time with the theme Halloween brunch. Baio dj’d at the W hotel and CT went to support him. Rostam dj’d to raise money for animals in NYC.
2012 »> Vampire Weekend performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and revealed New Song #2’s official title—-Unbelievers. They debuted the song on television with a horn section and a cello player and while wearing spooky Halloween make-up.
It’s so funny: there can be some cognitive dissonance, where you read one thing about how you’re so elitist, and that your music is for over-educated Ivy League rich-kids, and then you go to the show and you have people of all different backgrounds and all different ages singing along to ‘Oxford Comma’ and ‘Mansard Roof.’ You start to realize that you can’t make assumptions about your audience. Not everybody knows what a Mansard roof is, but that doesn’t mean that song is only for architecture students. That’s so condescending, to imagine that everybody needs a song to be broken down into their vernacular. I grew up listening to Wu-Tang Clan, and I didn’t know what Shaolin meant the first time I heard it; I didn’t know what most of the slang meant. But, that’s part of what’s so great about learning other people’s lyrics: it’s like learning another language. To me, that’s what being a music fan is all about.Ezra Koenig (via forest-of-lace)