April 27, 2007
Patrick Wolf explains it all
...sort of, in this Pitchfork interview. He's quitting the treadmill of release/tour/release, taking some time off and then doing some sort of mega double album project that will be part orchestral gorgeousness and part death metal!
It's interesting. Patrick Wolf is such an artiste - he presents himself as if he's not taken one day off in 7 years, which is unlikely. As if he's worked harder than anyone else. Maybe he has, but you wonder what artists would say if they had to work 40-hour weeks. You're tired Patrick?! It's just a different cycle - intensive work followed by periods of downtime, versus 5 days working / 2 days off. And we all have to do things we don't want to do in our jobs.
I think what he really means is that when you make a living off of what is your passion, then that passion can be corrupted by the job part, because it's relentless. 24/7, your music is your life. What should be a joy becomes a slog. There is no time to have a real life, which is so crucial for artists.
I'm going to try and swallow my comments on his recent behavior (some of which is not highly reported and pretty obnoxious) and his naivete in the Pitchfork interview. Clearly he has a slightly rose-colored view of how life/work/fame/media should be. Whatever - he's not quitting.
Picture from earlier this year above and new one below...