Arcade Fire's Win Butler Interviewed By Zane Lowe [BBC Radio 1 Audio]

Patrick Lyons

by Patrick Lyons

Published September 11, 2013




Hot on the heels of the release of Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" single, frontman Win Butler appeared today on Zane Lowe's radio show to reveal some much-needed information about his band's new album, which has thus far been marketed very mysteriously.

You can stream Zane Lowe's entire 2 hour radio show at exclusively at the BBC Radio 1 - Zane Lowe website. The Arcade fire section starts at 1:02:54. After an introduction and interview section, we hear the new single, "Reflektor," then the interview resumes at 1:10:54 and concludes at 1:19:16. There's also 2 very cool new songs from a live Kings of Leon performance at 53:45, immediately before the Arcade Fire section. Another highlight is a section beginning at 47:41 where The Weeknd gives personal thanks to BBC and Mr. Zane Lowe as he introduces a song off his Kiss Land album, "Adaptation."

In the interview, Butler deems his band's recent promotional campaign a "weird art project," and discusses his fondness for the modern concept of the "teaser trailer." We get the sense of how much work goes into curating Arcade Fire's image, with Zane Lowe even calling Butler a "sartorialist."

Butler also speaks about Arcade Fire's creative process during the making of their upcoming album Reflektor, which is scheduled to come out on October 29th.

Apparently, the band's main inspiration came from a trip to Haiti two years ago. Playing to a bunch of Haitians "who had never heard the Beatles before," Butler realized he had to connect to the audience on a "rhythmic level," and set out to make everyone dance to his music. The result, he says, are the many "voodoo rhythms" that appear on Reflektor, courtesy of two Haitian congo players that guested on the album. The Haitian influence is also obvious in Arcade Fire's interactive video for "Reflektor," which was filmed in Haiti.




Addressing what some might consider a drastic shift in the band's sound, Butler spoke about how easy it is to cross genre boundaries in 2013, expressing relief that he is now "allowed to like Sex Pistols and ABBA," as well as '90s Hip Hop. My, how times have changed.

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