Intervista a Andrew VanWyngarden degli MGMT. In attesa di sentire la band newyorchese suonare questa sera a Milano abbiamo chiacchierato con il frontman che ci ha parlato di festival immaginari, italo disco e vecchi ricordi milanesi
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Years went by and still maintain a low profile, no paparazzi or manic star of which to speak. Yet MGMT - more than 4 million fans on Facebook, which to quantify it in numbers exceeding those of social Rita Ora and Kasabian - have just released their third album, self-titled, and are engaged in a new tour that will bring them here in Italy with two dates in Milan and Bologna. Superstar then yes, but with discretion. In fact, the lifestyle of the group has always been quite far from the typical show-biz and stay away from the spotlight it seems it is very easy for Andrew & Co.
So they continue on their way, so the public is and follows them. ‘s third album - MGMT - published in September 2013 by Columbia Records , has perhaps puzzled critics for the new sound evolution of the band, but it certainly has not stopped the public that made him a success. They, on the other hand, they could not do otherwise, so as to declare a Rolling Stone ” I do not know whether it is music that we would listen, so she came, without making any compromise . ” Pure and simple? We say yes. Because even if a little sorry it failed the pop vein belonging to the beginnings of Oracular Spectacular , the route taken by the group now seems original and interesting. Besides this natural philosophy anti-star carried on with so much consistency in the end we like it.
They return tonight for the first time in Italy from the last album to perform live at Magnolia at Unaltrofestival , the festival organized by Comcerto which takes place simultaneously on 14 and 15 July in Milan and Bologna with double line-up rolling on the two cities. We waiting to see them this evening we had a brief chat with Andrew VanWyngarden few weeks before his long-awaited comeback and here is what he told us, between imaginary festival, Italian disco and memories of Milan.
Did you already played live the new MGMT album What are your first impressions?
We played 5 songs songs from our latest album from September of last year, so maybe it’s still a bit ‘too early to talk about it. But we have a lot of dates in the program and I believe that soon we will be able to play the songs from all three albums together between their better and better.
Is there any particular song that you like to play live?
I like to play the most the songs of the new album, Alien Days is perhaps the one that I prefer, but also Cool Song No 2, which is fun to play, it strikes me emotionally, and even if you do not feel like a very sound connection.
Do you remember your first time Italy?
First of all time? Presence was probably Milan. Here in Milan there is talk of the time when you played at Rocket, a local historian who has now changed location, but at the time it was being Pezzotti.
Do you remember if he was there?
Actually I remember the trip and the time spent in Milan, but not too much of the concert in particular. The room was small?
Yeah, very small, consisting of a lounge with a bar attached to a second room via stairs to go down.
Ah yes, now I remember! I remember that the people who were there to see us were right there, right next door to us, because there was a real division between us and the audience. I think it was a really crazy and pretty much improvised performance.
You have several festivals scheduled for this year’s tour. If you could organize your personal MGMT Festival which would be the line-up?
I think I would call the Tame Impala, they are our friends’ friends, and it would be fun to have them with us. Then it would be nice to invite other band like Television and add the Zombies. Probably there would also be an area dedicated to electronic music where I would invite other artists interesting, maybe Dj Harvey would be cool. And Omar S, a DJ and producer from Detroit.
And what about the location? I think that would take place on a tropical island.
What do you think of the Italian music scene, is there any artist that you like or that follow in particular?
For sure I like the disco dance and of course Giorgio Moroder. I would say that I like the italo disco scene of the early ’80s. I would not say one band in particular, but rather the entire period of music. And I’m also a big fan of Ennio Morricone, is a great and is very good.
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