New MGMT interview!
MGMT in Mexico, 10/10/14
Ben is absolutely everything you want him to be. He’s warm and kind and funny and sweet. He’s very much as he appears in videos. He reminds me of a puppy-eager to please :)
Pond at Corona Capital Festival in Meico City posted by whoismgmt instagram
|—||Jon Pareles, New York Times|
What follows is my best reconstruction of the events of a party that took place in 2003 on the campus of Wesleyan University, one of the most hipster colleges in America. It’s a good illustration of certain facets of hipster culture. It involves a minor brush with fame. My memory, like everyone else’s, is fallible, so some of my recollections are probably inaccurate. Corrections may be kindly addressed to Benjamin Winterhalter, The South Pole.
When we found out that this was how people were discovering our music, we didn’t have a clue how it worked - but it did.
We don’t have a style. It’s rock, synth, indie, pop. Whatever it may be, the important thing is that it is its own beast.
We grow as musicians and as people, so naturally - if you’re writing from a place of honesty - the music will grow with you and you can’t stay the same.
I’ve got some punk influences - the fringe of punk, really. Not Ramones punk. I also like electro like Aphex Twin.
There’s no distinction between genres when I listen to music, because what sounds good to me sounds good to me.
I draw from what I know, and I’m sure it’s the same for the rest of the band. We’ve got no interest in honing in on any specific style.
It’s not like we’re trying to be obscure or anything. I guess MGMT just wants to challenge what’s acceptable in music.
Andrew in San Diego at The Last Ship Party