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Take-aways from Will Butler’s AMA

Yesterday Will Butler released his live album Friday Night (it’s a lot of fun!) and to mark the occasion he did an AMA on Reddit. As these AMAs are a bit messy to go through I’ve collected the more interesting/funny/notable bits from it here.

Let’s start with the big one. Will said Arcade Fire will probably release their next album in the spring, 2017.

On when we will hear from Arcade Fire again…

    -Probly next spring? No definite schedule though. It’ll be done when it’s done.
    -AF probly in spring

On what percentage of songs that gets released…

    Hmmm. A high percentage of the songs I/Arcade Fire totally finish are released. But the percentage of songs that are started that are released in incredibly low, like 3%? And of songs that are real songs but not totally finished–50%? Hard to know exactly.

On how the band works…

    Our decision making is basically “Quaker consensus”. It’s not really democracy or autocracy. We proceed until everyone is happy or accepting of what’s on tape.

Favourite Arcade Fire songs…

    It changes. A current sampling of songs I like are: Afterlife, The Well and The Lighthouse, Wake Up

Releasing songs not written by Win and Régine…

    I doubt we’ll have a song that doesn’t feature melody and lyrics by Win or Regine or both. The underlying music/structures are sometimes/often more collaborative.

On a new Will Butler solo album…

    Ah, new studio LP? Not sure yet. Hopefully in the next 18 months, but pretty focused on AF world these days

On the best venues he’s played and the best ones to see gigs?

    LA Palladium is great. Whelans in Dublin. Bowery Ballroom. Arenes de Nimes in France. All the old town square italian venues–Lucca, Verona, Ferrara

Favourite places to play…

    Dublin/Irish festivals, Glasgow, S America, Spain.
    The first time we played Coachella was amazing. Sunset in the desert. Same with playing Sasquatch in Washington. All the warm up shows for Reflektor were great. Halloween show at the LA Palladium

On there being not so many Neon Bible songs last tour…

    Partly there’s technical reasons for less Neon Bible songs. We tend to play No Cars and Keep the Car Running every show, and a bit of My Body is a Cage. Antichrist Television Blues has a lot of words to remember. Black Mirror requires a couple instruments we don’t generally travel with. Well and the Lighthouse we should play more, but it tends to not fit into the flow that great. Black Wave we’d have to re-learn how to play

On if the Her score will ever be released…

    It’s on the long list of things to do in life–we’d love to, but there’s a lot of work to be done to prep it and not sure when we’ll have the time

Nerding out on his synths…

    MS20 is my favorite and default synth. I like the new digital mellotrons, the M4000D. It’s digital, but it still has lots of character and feels like a real instrument.
    I have a couple old Soviet synths. An Aelita, which makes some of the sounds on Joan of Arc. A Maestro which hasn’t appeared on anything.
    MS20 (with an MS50 module) + Prophet 10 + Moog Taurus II covers most of the synths I did on Suburbs + Reflektor. There’s tons of Solina, which normally Win or Regine plays. A little bit of Arp Odyssey. Some Jupiter 10.
    The Prophet 600 was the original AF workhorse synth, but they’re all in bad repair currently.
    My stage rig is 2 MS20s, 1 MS20 mini, 1 dave smith prophet 8, a Moog Rogue and a Taurus 2. The other side of the stage is Solina + Mellotron + another prophet 8

How the band works on the albums and the transitions between songs…

    The song order as a whole is rarely pre-determined, but often early in the process we’ll notice units like The Suburbs/RtS and work towards making them great. Most of the transitions/track listing decisions are obvious and easy. There’s always a few thorny issues. It’s like being on the Supreme Court.

On if there’s a future for Burning Bridges, Breaking Hearts…

    I think that’s it for now for BBBH.

On their friendship with The Strokes…

    We’ve been friends with the Strokes for a long time. I forget how we met, but we did play shows with them in Brazil in 2005–I think that’s when we hung out for real for the first time.

On Kanye West’s latest album The Life of Pablo…

    TLOP: I find most things Kanye does to be inspiring/challenging. Even when he’s being an utter idiot/asshole, it’s generally in a way that makes me thing about producing something new in my own art

Choosing one album to bring to a desert island…

    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Cello Concerto

Favourite films…

    Mirror, by Andrei Tarkovsky. Annie Hall. Road Warrior (and the new Mad Max). Days of Heaven. 8 1/2. Thin Blue Line. 12 Monkeys, Brazil.

On what his great recipe for Pony Macaroni is…

    I kinda go through the top 3 or 4 macaroni recipes that pop up on google and figure out how to proceed. Then add horse meat.
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