Arcade Fire’s Reflektor is out there in the world now — well, for streaming anyway — but the promotional blitz carries on at full steam. That includes Win Butler and Jeremy Gara stopping by CBC Radio One show Q With Jian Ghomeshi to discuss their formative trip to Haiti (they flew there directly from the Grammys 2011 afterparty), celebrity culture, and more. They also dissed Ibiza dance culture and the Kardashians. Some choice Win wisdom:
On Reflektor’s ranking among their discography:
“Uh, not a big list kind of dude, but I think it’s pretty good.”
On their complicated album roll-out:
“We care about it because we want to … create an atmosphere where people can actually connect to music … when I was a kid, it was possible to have artistic experiences through more traditional media. And now it really isn’t the case. You’re competing against the Kardashians, you’re competing against stuff that’s actually trying to suck that feeling out of the world. And so it becomes, ‘Okay, how do you do something meaningful in that context?'”
On Haiti’s influence:
“Usually you get your influences between 15 and 20, and you’re kind’ve stuck with those. And the whole experience of being in Haiti … was like being turned on to 500 great bands at once … The idea of going to Ibiza and being surrounded by a bunch of rich kids on ecstasy and trying to dance is about number 1 trillion on the list of things I’d want to do in my life. But being on a beach in Haiti, and someone gets out a drum, and then kids come out of the forest and come dance until three in the morning, and then you jump in the ocean, I’m like, ‘Okay I can relate to that.’
Hear the full interview below.
Reflektor is out tomorrow via Merge. Read our review here.