Matt Sharp of The Rentals Chats with Substream Magazine
Matt Sharp of The Rentals Chats with Substream Magazine
Posted 05/06/2015

There's just something about Matt Sharp and how he consistently delivers interesting interviews. This time he chatted with Substream Magazine about the process behind Songs About Time, the potential for a cruise with The Rentals / The Black Keys co-headlining, and Lost In Alphaville. Find the full interview here.

On Songs About Time:

"The idea with that project was to embrace the sort of thing I had never tried before. There’s one way of working where you have your really prolific artists, like Picasso or Dylan or Prince, where they just go, “I’m gonna create and create and create and create, and you dig through it and find out what’s good.” Prince will go, “I’m gonna release this record and it’s seven albums in one.” And you’re like, “Holy hell, I just wanna hear ‘Purple Rain’! Help me find the great moments.” But I had never tried that way of working before, where you just go output-output-output. We made 52 short films in that year, and the idea was maybe only 10 of them are even going to be worth watching. You’re scrambling how to get a concept together, get it shot and edited within a week. Maybe 10 of those out of 52 were good, so that means people were watching 42 bad art films—or films that aren’t bad, but just don’t work. I’m not comparing myself to Picasso or Warhol, but they would just paint and paint and paint and paint, and one of them turns out to be the soup cans."