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SKY FERREIRA INTERVIEWS DAFT PUNK
In the new issue of CR Fashion Book, electronic duo Daft Punk talk to Sky Ferreira (random) about their upcoming release, Random Access Memories, with an accompanying black-and-white photo spread that has the helmeted duo modeling a plethora of sumptuously sequined duds. Here are a few choice bits:
SKY FERREIRA: What’s the meaning of your album’s title, Random Access Memories?
DAFT PUNK: The title plays with concepts of computer memory and human memories, establishing a loose parallel between the human brain and the hard drive—both are somehow randomly fragmented devices. We have always been fascinated by the relationship and connections between man and machine.
What is the essence of the album?
This album is about technology going towards humanity, in a world where humanity is going towards technology. We tried to capture robotic emotions with music, replacing this time our electronic machines by real human beings.
You’re fascinated with the past. If you could travel to any moment in time, when and where would it be?
It’s a tough question to answer. Maybe witnessing the completion of the Great Pyramids, then traveling to see the remaining Six Wonders of the World, which are now long gone.
You have said in many interviews that dance music as a whole is suffering right now. Why?
Dance music is almost exclusively made today with laptop computers, on the same software, with the same virtual instruments, and a lot of the same drum sounds. Computers, as music instruments, are making it difficult for musicians to have their distinctive sonic personality, and a lot of dance records are starting to sound the same, in a very formatted way.
This album has been in the works for a long time. What is one of your best memories from putting it together?
Being in the studio with Nile Rodgers, one of our childhood heroes, was definitely one of the highlights. He just brought his guitar to Electric Lady Studios in New York and started to play. It is the exact same guitar he’s been playing on all these records and songs we love, like “Le Freak,” “Good Times,” “I’m Coming Out,” “He’s The Greatest Dancer,” “Upside Down,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Like a Virgin.” It was an amazing moment.
Read the entire Daft Punk/Sky Ferreira interview at CR Fashion Book.
- Mark Dommu
Gary Oldman is a priest and Marion Cotillard gets stigmata in David Bowie’s fantastically weird new music video for the title track off The Next Day.
Grimes at Coachella, 4/21/13. Photos by Mark Dommu.
PUNK COUTURE: THE BEST OF THE 2013 MET GALA
Every year Vogue’s reigning terror Anna Wintour organizes the star-studded Costume Institute Gala to celebrate the opening of the institute’s new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s punk theme was gloriously embraced across the board, making it one of the most memorable Met Ball red carpets in years.
Here are a few of our favorite looks:
Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs
Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy
Christina Ricci in Vivienne Westwood
Florence Welch in Givenchy
Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney
Rooney Mara in Riccardo Tisci
Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier
Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon
Blake Lively in Gucci Première