Stream: James Murphy – DFA 12th Anniversary Set
Currently, the always interesting Red Bull Music Academy is smack bang in the middle of its month long series being held in New York that has already thrown up several memorable moments none more so than Daft Punk collaborator and musical innovator Giorgio Moroder making his DJing debut at the ripe age of 73. Yes it’s all been going on in the Big Apple for ths last few weeks as 236 artists perform over 37 shows for the energy drink company and one of the highlights of the series for us so far has been DFA head honcho James Murphy giving an extended talk on his musical tastes, career and imprint as well as a performing a DJ set in honour of DFA’s 12th anniversary.
Always willing to speak his mind the erudite former LCD Soundsystem frontman revealed plenty about his feelings on both the music industry and his label as he explained how his career came to be in the 75 minute talk stating “I saw a whole different world which I had never had any peek into, which was dance music. And that changed my life,” he told. “Because I realised that making people dance had a point that had nothing to do with art. And I mean that in the most positive way. Meaning that it’s like food- if they’re not eating it, you’ve screwed it up. If they’re not dancing, you’re just not doing a good job.
“So it made a very simple set of goals for me, which allowed me to calm down and stop wondering if what I was doing was good or worthwhile,” he continued. “I was like, I can figure this out and make people dance and make people have fun. And that was a great weight off your back, after years of self-mythologising like ‘Am I good? I can never be like David Bowie, I can never be like these people, I can never be in Velvet Underground’. It silenced me enough to make some songs…it was just going out and having fun, which was really athematic to my indie rock ‘90s which were judgemental like, I paid six bucks so I can stand here and go, ‘nyehh, I prefer The Melvins’.
Check out James’ anniversary set below.