Today in Warsaw’s Hydrozagadka we’ll have a chance to see one of the most original artists who deal with widely understood tangled, psychodelic, guitar music. The person who stands behind Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti remembers last year’s concert at OFF Festival and it seems he took to like Polish audience for staying at his concert despite the rain. He also keeps a healthy distance to what he’s doing and has a healty sense of humour.
musicis.pl: Your new album is called Mature Themes, does it mean that you’ve grown up, especially in terms of music?
Ariel Pink: No, I’m just an older man, I’m a dirty old man.
musicis.pl: Mature Themes is your second album released by 4AD, you’ve gone a long way since your lo-fi bedroom recordings but you’ve haven’t lost your style, how did you make it?
Ariel Pink:The style had nothing to do with being lo – fi, that was always a strange thing to me that people said it was lo-fi because it doesn’t refer to any style of music, it doesn’t mean anything. So it’s no surprise to me that my style survives the production quality.
musicis.pl: So how would you describe the type of music you make?
Ariel Pink: It’s not my place to do that, I don’t need to describe it, it’s probably pop music or indie music or hipster music, I don’t know, it’s all sorts of things.
musicis.pl: The last track on Mature Themes is the cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s Baby recorded with Dam Funk, why did you choose that one and how did this collaboration happen?
Ariel Pink: I didn’t choose it, the record company wanted to put this on the record so we did it. The collaboration was a request from Light in the Attic which reissued the original version, and wanted to release a cover version of that song by me and Dam Funk so we just did that to make them happy.
musicis.pl: What are the benefits of recording for 4AD, have you gained anything? Have you learned anything from them?
Ariel Pink: It’s just good to get money, so we can live.
musicis.pl: Soon you’re starting the European tour which is full of different dates, how do you feel in Europe as an American person?
Ariel Pink: I feel fine, I don’t feel like an American, I feel like I’m a little white boy in the world, I feel more German or Polish even, you can see it in my face and my DNA so I’m coming home.
musicis.pl: Do you have favourite places in Europe?
Ariel Pink: I like Russia, I like Moscow but I’ve been to Europe so many times that I don’t need to ever go there again. It’s nothing against you but I’ve gone there so many times that I know what to expect. It’s like going to New York City, you can go to McDonalds, you can see young people who look pretty and sexy but also a bunch of idiots everywhere. It’s not as bad as England though.
musicis.pl: Don’t you like English weather?
Ariel Pink: Just everything.
musicis.pl: Last year you played in Poland, at OFF Festival in Katowice, do you remember it?
Ariel Pink: Yes, the fans were standing out in the rain and they were very nice to do it, this was amazing.
musicis.pl: What does Ariel Pink have in mind for the future?
Ariel Pink: He doesn’t have anything in mind, he sleepwalked through his life, I will do what is required of me on this planet, I will wait for the proper message.