Check out Big Boi’s interview with Pitchfork where he speaks on working with Modest Mouse, hsi feelings on President Obama and more.
Pitchfork: Sir Lucious Left Foot was mythically difficult to put out into the world; now, two years later, like clockwork, Vicious Lies just pops up.
Big Boi: This is the fastest I’ve ever recorded an album. Sonically, it’s the strongest. I got a chance to do everything I wanted to do. There were no hiccups; I made a call, things happened. When the label believes in the project, it makes the recording process smooth.
Pitchfork: Why do you feel like this your strongest album sonically?
BB: I’m doing a lot of different things with my voice, it’s more melodic. The first song I started singing on was “Elevators”, but this is the real singy-singy. I call it my funk throat– I utilized a lot of my funk throat a lot on this album. And I had people to bounce off of, like Yukimi [Nagano, from Little Dragon], or Sarah [Barthel] or Josh [Carter] from Phantogram. Just really having fun, man, like a van full of Pakistans. Every album has been an experimentation process. There are just different characters this time. Like, Yukimi’s Aquarius, I’m Aquarius, Sarah’s Aquarius– there was a certain type of zodiac energy going on.
Pitchfork: What made you want to work with bands like Little Dragon and Phantogram?
BB: I had just finished working with Modest Mouse for their project, and after that I was like, “Man, I need to start doing this for my own shit.” Just bringing people in. So we did. We would live day-in and day-out with people, go bowling, go out to eat, and then come back and record, watch a movie, record. It was like funk summer camp.
Pitchfork: What’s happening with the stuff you did with Modest Mouse?
BB: It’s for their record; it’s coming. We actually took a trip back out there to go see them a couple months ago. I did maybe three records with them. Isaac [Brock] is cool, man, like cowboy cool. He showed me how to make a bong out of an apple and shit. For real.
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