Michael Rolfe Gira

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Michael Rolfe Gira

Michael Rolfe Gira

I went to art school and never thought I'd be a musician, but then punk rock came along in the late 70s and kind of ruined my life. So I quit art school to get involved in music and I've been doing it ever since.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I drink a Glass of water, it's thick and crawling with life. My mouth leads to the interior of my body - a caldron of disease, germs, and perversions of biology. I don't exist individually. I'm made of millions of living creatures, eating each other, decomposing, eating each other.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures. With really ugly temperaments.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm just as comfortable performing solo with just my acoustic guitar and vocal as I am with a band. The main thing for me is that the performance remain rooted in the words and voice, that there be no place to hide.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I first started doing the quieter, more acoustic material in Swans, there was a lot of derision and outright hatred from the audience and press, just as in the early days of Swans when we were rejected outright because of the bludgeoning, single-minded violence of the music.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm more interested in pulling out strands of joy from both myself and the audience. I'm not saying the music or songs are "light," just that when they're performed with the correct commitment it's a source of real pleasure, for me anyway.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I could never release something on the label I didn't personally love. The label's really an extension of my own musical career, and I'm intensely involved with every aspect personally, so it'd be a betrayal to myself if I released something simply because I thought it would make money.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never wrote poetry, just prose. I don't really consider songwriting a form of poetry either. The words are important, of course, but they're dependent on the music.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Many of the songs were written as a way of paying tribute to specific people, but in the end the songs took on a life of their own and I didn't worry about accuracy or biographical truth, so it's not a problem.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never could read Foucault. I find philosophy tedious. All of my knowledge comes from reading novels and some history. I read Being and Nothingness and realized that I remembered absolutely nothing when I finished it. I used to go to the library every day and read every day for eight hours. I’d dropped out of high school and had to teach myself. I read Sartre without any background. I just forced myself and I learned nothing.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am definitely less and less interested in music made by people that exist today, people that are living. I just see them as part of the whole stupid process of the music business, desperate (even if they feign indifference) to get noticed, trying to "make it" in the stinking music business, to become "famous" etc, and it disgusts me.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The music takes you. It has to be alive. It's like you hammer something, and the way it happens to bleed leads you into new directions.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have my own record company. I have to answer to God, basically. I'm not young, so I want to make the best possible work I can before I exit.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't want to sound like everybody else.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I like loud electric guitars because I like how you can just lose your entire being in the sound.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You find ways to push yourself into the sound through repetition. It doesn't stay the same. It morphs constantly.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The goal is ecstasy, but I don't want to make some sort of saccharine pop music. I want to make something that's completely uncompromising: the best possible music ever made.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't throw my body down on the stage at all anymore because I'm sure I'd snap like a twig.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I used to routinely break my ribs doing stupid things onstage, but I have a healthy fear of breaking my bones now.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The sexuality of children - there's a lot friction there. That tension interests me a lot.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wanted to challenge myself and move into something new. I felt that using the name Swans and the sonic attitude that that engenders was what I needed to move forward musically, and it's led to lots of new things.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Playing an old record doesn't interest me at all. It's exactly the opposite of what I want to do.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm always trying to push myself into unfamiliar places with the music, sometimes without success, I have to admit. But I'd rather be there than relying on a style that people recognize and want to follow.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It wouldn't interest me to try to sound like Cop or something. It would be silly and soul-crushing.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As far as playing playing festivals and everything, I feel like that's what I was born to do. I'm an entertainer, hopefully in the best sense.More Michael Rolfe Gira [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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