Interview with Deerhoof
Critically-acclaimed alternative-rock band Deerhoof is comprised of John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier. Their latest release, Mountain Moves, is the result of numerous sporadic and emotional contributions by the band members, as well as other trusted, fellow musicians. The eclectic and unique combination of happier-sounding musical choices is an impactful contradiction to the politically-motivated lyrics, and is a must-listen. We were able to interview Deerhoof member Greg Saunier about Mountain Moves and other general topics, so that you can read all about them before they come to Tellus on April 25th at 8 pm! Kiana Corley had the opportunity to ask Greg Aunier a few questions:
How did each of you find a home in music?
When I found my home in music it was already furnished. But a bit messy. Required deposit. It was previously owned by the drummer of the Rolling Stones. I was very surprised to find it and decided to keep it messy.
Who in the band knew who first?
I met Satomi in 1995 when she came over to audition to be Deerhoof’s singer. Within seconds of hearing her sing I knew this was it. It was May 1995, that was 24 years ago! Haven’t changed my mind since.
What inspired the name Deerhoof?
A love of two nouns put together.
What is each of your favorite tracks off of Mountain Moves?
When “Con Sordino” first went from sounding like nothing to getting its first sparkle hint, that was when an idea for the whole record appeared. Something about it being inspired by Tropicalia but with the drums sounding like they were being played outside at a march.
What was it like recording Mountain Moves?
It was speedy! We never made a record so fast. The label (Joyful Noise) was putting out a box set of our many side projects, and we thought hey there should be a Deerhoof LP in here too, only problem being it was needed right away.
What is the most interesting touring experience you’ve had thus far?
The uncharted territory. Still doing it 25 years later.
What does your typical songwriting process look like?
I think if we had a typical process we would have fallen apart long ago. Each of us is from different walks of life plus always changing so every attempt to make something together is an improvisation where we make up fresh rules from scratch.
What are some of the most difficult parts of what you guys do?
When we have conflict it’s always a challenge to avoid hurting each other. Everything’s by consensus in this band so everybody’s voice has to be heard and respected no matter their style of communication. But I’m lucky that my bandmates are all willing to make that effort.
What are some of the most rewarding parts of what you guys do?
Just playing every night. The music world can be trendy, so every new chance to get together and play to people feels like a miracle. Sometimes on stage we just look at each other and can’t believe we still get to do this.