“All you have to do is look around, and you can find other marginalized people working actively in the arts, and you can find people to have communion with. And that’s really important.”
“If I had a plan, it would be boring, but I don’t have a plan. I just see where it goes. I see where it leads me.”
What if I told you there was a movie in which noise music saves the world??
Why the idealizations of our favorite artists must be protected against these artists themselves
“You need the chaos to have order, just like you need hardship to appreciate joy. I suppose I do value chaos.”
Why don’t they know how their own songs are supposed to go? Why am I here? Who am I? And so on.
“I’m very accessible as a person and my work communicates that I am. So when I encounter people at a show or a subway platform, there are often hugs involved.”
How pop’s appetite for itself has led to a taste for the sacred
“‘Oh, what went wrong now? Do I look like an idiot? What got taken out of context? How does the world feel about me?’… It’s a mindfuck.”
The scaling of music’s structural past and infinitely potential futures.
How data overload has led to the trading of one delusion (authenticity) for another (aesthetic cohesion)
“Ours is a thin-skinned generation, and a lot of artists harbor surprising venom toward anyone who isn’t buying what they’re selling.”
“You’re not looking down, you’re not looking up, you’re just looking straight. There was less empty space, which I feel sometimes can be distracting and negative.”
We cover the music portion of this year’s conference through reviews, art, and streams