“I think my voice has always been a kind of alien creature, anyway. I’m not a trained singer, so I don’t know what’s going on. I kind of look at it as another person. I never know what I’m going to get when I wake up in the morning.”
“If there’s one thing I absolutely hate, it’s these records that go one way. It’s what they call a ‘heavy’ artist. The music will be dark, the singer will sound like he gargled with sulphuric acid. That’s not art. It’s art only when it’s being balanced by lots of layers.”
Scott Walker Radio Interview 2013
A radio interview by Stuart Maconie for his BBC 6 radio show “Freak Zone”, conducted late 2012 and broadcast January 2013 in occasion of Scott Walker’s 70th birthday.
I can drive a herd of cattle through the studio now and they wouldn’t blink an eye, you know. It’s like, with machetes, when I brought these machetes in, everyone really panicked. I don’t know what they were thinking, but I thought, “Well, of all the things we’ve done in the studio, why are you concerned about this?” We had to do it. I had to be able to get them out — the machetes out — that very day because it was worrying too many people, you know. So, these were big — we’re talking about things with blades that were, oh, I don’t know, three or four feet long — I mean, these were big.
Interview by Kyle MacKinnel, Filter Magazine, 16 November 2012.
"Nearly a decade was taken away from me before Climate of Hunter, and quite rightly so for doing that. I should have kept my nose to the grindstone, but I lived in bad faith—that’s the best way to describe it. I can’t say I regret it so much now, because I’m making the records that I choose to make. Whether they’re any good is another thing, but at least I can make them now. So, better late than never.”
IT’S RAINING TODAY
“A lot to do with my teenage years. We are all flower/hippy now. My teenage days were in the beatnik era. I was involved in progressive jazz and writers like Jack Kerouac. Hitch-hiking over America. Meeting a lot of people with whom I had ephemeral relationships. A song…
'MP3s are a Disaster': Scott Walker on the Nightmares That Plagued 'Bish Bosch'.
By Ned Raggett. Spin, 13 December 2012.
With one of my favourite opening gambits of any interview, probably:
I’m sure everyone reading this knows the sudden jarring sensation of getting half way through a joke or an anecdote before realising what they’re saying is completely inappropriate. The ill-judged story at a wedding or wake; the “too soon” pub joke; the “you had to be there” tale from a crashing bore, all leading to the panicky thought: what is this blasted drivel I’m spouting and God help me while I grimly soldier on to the appalling punch line. But more to the point, why did this embarrassing act of verbal hara-kiri have to be my opening gambit to musical legend and hero, Scott Walker?
It’s probably sheer nerves but as an ice breaker I find myself describing an imaginary film scene that his new album Bish Bosch made me dream up: “…so you’ve got an entire orchestra full of zombies all murdering each other with their instruments. And in the end it’s just a musical saw-playing zombie hacking away at the conductor.”
And my voice fades away to a querulous whisper of self-loathing: “And in the audience there are a load of zombies saying, ‘Brahms! Brahms’ instead of ‘Brains…’”
Pitchfork: Well, in a dark world there’s no darkness.
SW: Or no silence in a silent world.
Pitchfork just posted an interview with Scott, it’s full of fun ruminations on darkness, disease, and of course Bish Bosch. Check it out here.