We’re struggling to think of a better way to spend a lazy afternoon than with 90 minutes worth of wisdom with James Murphy. The LCD Soundsystem frontman and DFA Records founder had a conversation in front of about 60 students as part of Red Bull Music Academy in New York City in May, which you can watch in full.
Murphy’s DFA Records has just celebrated its 12th anniversary and he tells us plenty about his business model, which is similar to guerilla warfare, apparently. He also talks about his classical background and time spent in a youth choir, his relationship with punk rock, and why he thinks dancing is just as important for humans as eating food. Oh, and he cites some pretty interesting personal musical influences, claiming that The B-52s‘ Rock Lobster “is actually the most influential guitar part to me in my life.” Very well, then.
Murphy has been pretty busy since the demise of LCD Soundsystem, working with Yeah Yeah Yeahs on their fourth album Mosquito and putting in time with Arcade Fire on their forthcoming follow-up to The Suburbs.
James Murphy – Red Bull Music Academy Lecture