Sunday, May 04, 2008

 

Mitchell fiction: Interview

From an excerpt of an interview with ShapeShifter's Mitchell Voss

Voss leans forward, bracing his elbows on his knees. "Exactly," he said. "Our music is ferocious. It's supposed to be. Otherwise, it wouldn't be the release it is."

Music as a release. It's a concept that has lost steam over the years, replaced by the phenomenon of self-mutilation. But it's a concept Voss holds to.

"We all need that release. We all need something that takes us outside ourself and, in a way, soothes us. Something that when we come back to ourselves, things are okay again and the problems are manageable."

What sort of problems can someone like Voss have? After all, the man's an international superstar. He's got security to keep overeager fans away. He's got people to take out the kitchen trash at the mere snap of his fingers.

"That'd be nice," he says. "I f----- hate taking the trash out. My parents used to make me do it just because they knew how much I hated it. They'd tell me to suck it up and remember that every beautiful thing has its hidden, ugly side. And then they'd launch into this lecture about being lazy and the importance of doing chores around the house and how if I hate it that much, I'll understand how wonderful it is to have kids of my own and blah blah blah… Suddenly, the idea of taking out the trash becomes appealing!"

Still, Voss doesn't smile. The famous frown deepens. "It doesn't matter who you are or how you earn your way in the world. We all have those times when we need to break free of being polite and let it all hang out. Our fans get that. That's part of what makes the bond they have with us so strong. We're leading the way, almost. Showing them how to cut loose and let it all out. Come along with us and get the s--- out of your system for the length of a song, a CD, a show. You'll feel better afterward."



Yep, it's fiction. But it's fun to show off my journalistically trained chops every now and then!

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Comments:
Will this be followed up with a Trevor interview? :-)
 
I come from a different musical place, but the release is the same.

Keep on keepin' on Mitchell.
 
Loved this. It was like it was straight out of Rolling Stone!
 
A great interplay of identity tensions.

But the name "Voss" hit me hard. I found further connections. Patrick White, an Australian novelist, wrote a rather dark novel of inner journeys called "Voss". It's worth a read, reminding me of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".

Gemma
 
Great! Though I could debate Voss on a few of his statements. ;)
 
Show off as much as as you can. We are lovin' it!

clawing crawlies
 
'Still, Voss doesn't smile. The famous frown deepens.'

For some reason, I didn't picture Mitchell as having a famous frown. Trevor strikes me as more frowny.
 
I'm with Julia, didn't picture Mitchell as being frowny.
 
Excellent, Susan! I, too, felt like I was reading an interview in Rolling Stone. :)
 
I love this one! It has a feel good feeling!
Even if he wouldn't say it, I like that soft side of Mitchell!
 
there is release in many kinds of music.

thnanx for visiting my poem re bike riding. another kind of release :)
 
I'm soooooo with Mitchel on this one, I hate taking out the trash! And you definitely hit the nail on the head for one of the main components that attracts me to a song - the energy :)

Great post! :)
 
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