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Interview von: Matthias Rauch mit John Famiglietti, am: 14.02.2010 ]

Ein sonderlich dämlicher Bandname und ein sonderlich tolles Album, das haben Health aus Los Angeles im Gepäck. So überrascht es nicht wirklich, dass „Get Color“ in fast allen Jahresbestlisten zu finden ist, denn die eigensinnige Mischung aus Noise, verquerer Electronica und DIY-Attitüde überzeugt nicht nur auf Platte. In unserer Reihe „10 Fragen an…“ sprachen wir mit Bassist John Famiglietti über das Internet, Nine Inch Nails und die Zukunft des Popsongs.


Musicscan: Do you think Health would have been as successful as you are right now without the current accessibility of music? I believe you have greatly benefited from the internet machine, so I was wondering what your opinion is on the open accessibility of music nowadays?

Health: It’s hard to really know, but we are definitely a product of the modern music landscape and are indebted to it.

Musicscan: Do you feel that there is a difference touring in Europe as opposed to the States? Do people react differently to your music over here and do you think that music is perhaps valued differently?

Health: Yes, it is different, different countries have different cultures around music. The crowds are very different, however I really feel both countries are on board and "get it". We love touring both countries.

Musicscan: What do you hope people to take away from a Health show?

Health: An intense experience. Catharsis.

Musicscan: Your songs tend to differ in structure and aesthetics quite a bit within an album. I was wondering how the songwriting process works in your case? Do you all contribute equally and write the songs collectively or are the main ideas worked out by individuals?

Health: We all write the songs together but the concepts or song ideas come from individuals, which are then worked out as a group.

Musicscan: What makes for the perfect song in your opinion? Have you ever achieved something like a perfect song in your opinion? How would you define a perfect song?

Health: No rules for a perfect song. We’ve never made one. I’ve heard many songs I would consider perfect, though.

Musicscan: Do you have certain aesthetic goals when you work on your music? What effects do you hope to generate through your music?

Health: Yes, the aesthetic is king. Everything is about the song, the vibe, the feeling. Sadness, darkness, intensity, speed, abrasiveness.

Musicscan: I believe you can all pretty much live off of our music these days despite the fact that nobody seems to purchase records anymore. What do you usually do when you are not touring or directly involved in music?

Health: We live off our music, but that also means we spend most of the year touring.

Musicscan: Please tell me a little bit about touring with Nine Inch Nails. How were you received and what were some of the most important things that you learned from that experience?

Health: In LA we went over amazingly, in the South, the reaction was mixed, lots of boos and "fuck you". But as far as opening for NIN goes, we went over very well.

Musicscan: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?

Health: Not at all. Our records have several genuinely new sounds. I hear records now that have new sounds.

Musicscan: What is the difference between art and entertainment in your opinion?

Health: Occupy the same space in my mind.

Musicscan: Can music have political dimensions? Do sounds have a directly political semantics or is any attempt to politicize music always only achieved through discourse about the music?

Health: Yes definitely, but I think music is a poor political tool. Going to shows will not change the world or influence world events very much.

Musicscan: What can we expect from Health in the near future?

Health: A new album, new fashion line, a new remix album, more tours. We don’t stop.

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