1. What’s the first piece of music you listened to today?
"Capital Punishment" by Big Pun
2. What are your vices?
Cable TV, deep-fried food, buying crap on Ebay.
3. What is one of your prejudices?
Whenever I read some good reviews of a new band, I always assume I don’t like them. Which is weird, cuz if it’s about a book or a movie, I generally trust that it might actually be good. I always have to feel like I discovered music myself to be into it, which is foolish.
4. In what way do you think music has the ability to change
the way people live their lives?
Well it can be a small thing, like just having two or three minutes in a day where you are totally stoked like when you hear a favorite song on the radio in the midst of a hellish day. Or it can be a totally major thing, like this mom of one of Eric & Bjorn’s friends got her whole life together because of that 80’s song "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder. She got a better job, got in shape, all sorts of stuff–just because she found the song so inspiring. Here’s a clip I found on YouTube:
5. At what age did you first feel distrust?
I dunno, maybe 10?
6. Do you think that your name is appropriate for you?
(If not, what name would be more appropriate?)
I am fine with the name I have. Lots of R’s, lots of N’s.
7. What is the best piece of music you’ve ever created,
in your opinion?
I like "Treetops" off of our Creature Comforts record.
8. Right now, how are you trying to change yourself?
Cook more food at home, try to socialize a bit more and not be such a hermit.
9. If you had the time, what else would you do?
Explore the city of New York and all its fine eateries.
10. What social cause do you feel the most strongly about
(negative or positive)?
I really am into the idea of alternative energy–solar, wind, and alternative fuels.
11. What are your fears?
Losing friends & loved ones.
12. What is your favorite joke (tasteful or tasteless)?
Q: You like Mango?
A: Man go fuck yourself.
13. Who is your favorite author?
14. What is your favorite movie?
15. Favorite album(s) from the last few years?
Jay Z’s The Black Album
Strokes’ Room on Fire
Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
God’s Money by Gang Gang Dance
The last Quasimoto record
The last two Ghostface records
Anything by ZZ Pot (CDR only)
Awesomer by Blood On The Wall
16. What would you like to know more about?
US & World History
17. What is one thing you would like to do/see/accomplish
before you die?
Check out the pyramids in Egypt.
Image courtesy Jason Frank Rothenberg