Friday, 19 September 2014
Aphex Twin On Artists
'The best artists are people who don't consider themselves artists, and the people who do are usually the most pretentious and annoying. [laughs] They've got their priorities wrong. They're just doing it to be artists rather than because they want to do it.'
- Aphex Twin (interview here)
I'm the only fan of electronic music who doesn't worship Aphex Twin. His music has never impressed me greatly. I like what he says about artists, though. He may be talking about music-makers, or Artists, or any kind of artist. Either way, he has a point. Perhaps the point is that it's possible to make things without the burden of an officially designated label hanging 'round your neck. And what you make is still valid. Conversely, to freely create, knowing that what you make may not conform to expectations, and have the nerve (!) to call yourself an artist, may be an equally interesting position.