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James Murphy: "With Dance Music, People Are Being Treated as if They're Really Dumb"

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On His Current Role With DFA

"I don't do anything except go in and annoy them. I've been gone so long. And I came back from tour, and I'm like, 'I'm gonna spend all sorts of time with the label!'... And they were not pleased. [laughs] I was like, 'I've got all sorts of ideas!' And they were like, 'That's great. That's really cool that you who haven't been here for three years because you've been on tour have all sorts of ideas. Let's just go and write those down and put them over there and we'll get to them eventually. Meanwhile, I have a band on tour that I need to do press for.'

"It wasn't the homecoming that I'd expected. [laughs] There's only two people who work there, just Jon and Kris, and they have it. I'm like a storm that blows through, and they know that if they just hold on, 'He's getting tired, he's said the same thing, he's going back downstairs... Uh, OK, let's get back to work.'"

On the End of LCD Soundsystem

"I miss it. But I think that's the goal. The goal is to miss it. The goal isn't to be like, 'Yesss, I did that long enough to hate everyone who used to be my friends.'

"I miss it. And it's nice. And I feel it's good that I get to do a lot of stuff that would [otherwise] be impossible. The band was never supposed to be a big deal. Like, it really wasn't. Like, we made some singles, and I was like, 'Heh, that would be funny; then I'll go back to doing my other stuff.' And then we did an album and went on tour and it just became a professional job. I literally asked my friends to be in a band for the weekend. And that's the truth. That's been the core of the band since 2002.

"So [ending LCD] was good for everybody. People could get back to their lives and have the kids that they already had and look at them and go, 'Oh, now I recognize you.' And I'm happy [the other members] get to do that stuff, and I'm happy that I get to produce records.

"I would never have been able to work on the Arcade Fire record for more than a weekend otherwise. I couldn't do remixes. And I'm doing music for a play, so I couldn't do that. I couldn't have made the film [The Comedy with Tim & Eric]. It just wouldn't have been possible.

"Now I also get to be retired. Like, 'Oh, what do you do?' And I can say, 'I'm retired.' Just slip into my golden years."



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