- Tue, 2013-02-19 14:20
The IAmA Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich AMA went live on Reddit yesterday at 17:30 GMT / 12:30 EST.
The live web chat offered fans the chance to 'ask me anything' about their new Atoms For Peace supergroup - Thom Yorke, long-term Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea and Beck drummer Joey Waronker.
Following the session Atoms For Peace album AMOK was made available to stream in full at http://amok.atomsforpeace.info/
Overwhelmed by thousands of questions, here are some they chose to answer:
Lelsubreddit Q: Jack White says Radiohead have a single ready to go. When can we expect that/ what songs did you record for it?
A: We was at AJck Jack Whites places... we now have two unfinished tracks, one of which is identikit. Its nice there, red and black and white nshit. err, we work slower than him (umderstatement)\ hi everyone
burnt_yoghurt Q: Nigel: Any quick advice for someone trying to make it as a music producer?
A: Quick advice.. Don't expect it to be easy... do it for fun and love. If you're good you will succeed. If you arent you'll have fun at least! N
IrisxMinerva Q: Is man good or evil by nature?
A: Definitely good. That was an easy one.
waterspeaker Q: Hello, Thom, do you plan to explore the low end of your range more in the future? I love how you sound on Wolf at the Door. Thanks for the amazing music to you both.
A: Yes i would love to. I know its there, ive heard it. its not naturally where i end up. So it's a good place to head, deep into the woods. The back of the cupboard.. ya nah? thm
pilgrim_spit Q: Hello Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich! How is it working with the Atoms For Peace group compared to Radiohead?
A: Like eating ice cream after a lovely dinner. N
monocoque Q: Thom -- were you actually posing for this picture, or was it a happy coincidence? http://i.imgur.com/kh6ks.jpg
A: That is not me. This is madam Tussauds. misspelt probably.
Huck13b3rryF1nn Q: How much of your soul do you put into your lyrics...or...how 'seriously' do you wish people to take your lyrics? Some of Radiohead's lyrics seem a mixture between stream of consciousness and the genuinely confessional. I ask because I love analyzing lyrics. Obviously, anyone can take any art however they choose to, but I'm just curious how you write them, from your perspective?
A: confessional?!! mm i don;t think so at all. do you think M Stipe's lyrics are confessional? what is within is also stream of consciousness is also gibberish and also just sounds. by the time the words have stuck, they have just stuck. the glue is set and i can't undo. before that is a messy bit. does that help? ofcourse not.
Henryguitar95 Q: What is your songwriting process?
A: this here is a hedge. im going to drag myself backwards through it.
SlingDinger Q: Thom, how did you become comfortable sharing your voice with others? Were your formative years a struggle to find your voice as a writer/musician or was it more of a painless evolution?
A: my formative years involved finding no-one else to sing the songs. so doing it myself. and singing into a bucket, but thats another story. stanley donwood has a kind of vibrator on his shoulder right now thm
thomineyork Q: Dear Thom, I would like to know if you prefer tea or coffee? And do you use sugar or honey or nothing in your hot drink? It is very important for me to know that, because of my imagination of your "normal-life" and what person you are. :) Additionally, do you like turkish nougat? I think you do!
A: ah finally something important. today is a strong coffee day. 7am deserves it. im a pain in the arse without if that helps? mostly. thm
reachingout33 Q: What do you think the biggest differences are between the music you're making now with Atoms for Peace, and the older music from the OK Computer/Kid A/Hail to the Thief days? Do you still like the older music, or have your tastes changed?
A: we are in the moment when we work! not quite sure how anything has happened in retrospect. immediately loose the memory of how you've got wher eyou are. which is always my fav bit of listening back to work weve done. thm
Jimmy_The_Explorer Q: Which track was the toughest to "get right" in your guys' eyes?
A: on Amok? maybe Amok was tricky , only cuz the lyrics came from a really different headspace, which took me a while to feel good about. but its the one im most proud of and gets me in the ass everytime. can i say that? apparently so thm
boredlike Q: What is your biggest achievement so far?
A: ummmmmmmm getting through the last tour despite all that had happened in toronto. and the lights. and having clive play with us. i was terrified about it, then it got dark but in the end we were all very proud of managin to pull it off. even in the O2 in London. it was not an easy time, but it was cool. thm
Drixxi Q: Hi Thom and Nigel, I received the vinyl yesterday and love it. It seems to be much more dance music than either The Eraser, closer to Feral and Identikit. Is that the kind of release we can expect from AfP in the future, or will these more dance-y tunes start to work their way into Radiohead's next album as well?
A: you got it? oh that's good, thats how it shoud come out i guess. dance tunes? yeah! that doesn't necessarily mean it will bleed into radiohead. i miss getting stuck into those kind of melodies sometimes so...
helloimrory Q: Do you have any pre-stage rituals?
A: many many many, upside down time. tuning up time. lying down time etc thm
NolanT Q: I'd love to know how you got involved with Stanley Donwood, and what it's like having someone be such a consistent part of your image over the years?
A: I met him first day at art college and he had a better hat and suit on than me. That pissed me off. So i figured i'd either end up really not liking this person at all, or working with him for the rest of my life.
jalepenomack Q: What books have you read recently?
A: Wolf Solent. john cowper powys..a protohippie thm
themongrelcat Q: Hi. As members of acts that are constantly developing, I have to ask: what's next for Atoms for Peace and/or Radiohead musically? Also I'd like to thank you both for your sweet ass music and I'm really looking forward to AMOK. Thanks guys.
A: yey !! you can come again. here. whats next? well shit we havent seen each other in a LONG time, we will be in the same room again in april/ may i guess. i hope. thm