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In advance of their date last week supporting Peter, Bjorn, and John, we were able to talk with Aaron Pfenning from Chairlift about playing here in Cincinnati, the Brooklyn music scene, and what it means to be an artist in 2009 and beyond.
ENS: So you guys are coming through Cincinnati, actually playing just across the river in Newport, Kentucky and the Historic Southgate House.
Pfenning: Yeah, I remember the last time we came through Cincinnati, we ended up on that side of the river too, and we were like, â€œWhat the fuck are we doing in Kentucky?â€ But, all things considered it seemed pretty nice and weâ€™re really looking forward to coming through again.
ENS: You all moved out to Brooklyn a couple of years ago from Colorado. So, why the move?
Pfenning: Well, we moved for several reasons. First and foremost, Caroline [Polachek, fellow member of Chairlift] got into art school out here in New York, so I decided to come out here with her. But, the main reason we came here is because we were trying to find like-minded musicians in Colorado, but struggled to do so. We ended up in Brooklyn in a really great circle of friends and musicians, collaborating with several artists, and things have blossomed from there.
ENS: There are just a ton of new bands and artists springing up, particularly from the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. Do you feel a certain collective energy being there?
Pfenning: Definitely. I think part of it depends on how much you throw yourself into it, but there is definitely something going on here that you canâ€™t quite put your finger on. From an outside perspective, I think it tends to be romanticized a bit because thatâ€™s kind of the nature of art and music. But what people donâ€™t realize is that these artists and musicians work so hard to get where they are.
Take Yeasayer, one of my favorite bands and good friends. They have all worked so hard at their craft to get to where they are, which inspires me and others around them to want to work harder. Itâ€™s a bit of a hip-hop attitude towards work around here. All we want to do is work, whether thatâ€™s recording, producing, or playing. Weâ€™re kind of like a bunch of Lil Waynes (chuckles).
ENS: Relating to that, and the future of music, have you all thought about the way you put out your music? With the internet being such a prevalent taste maker, have you or Chairlift as a band thought about the release structure and getting your music out to the public?
Pfenning: Right now, the music industry is shaping into a form that no one can predict. Itâ€™s a really exciting time, and also a really scary time, to be a musician. We have no idea where this thing is going to go. Personally, I really appreciate the rebirth of vinyl. But also, digital downloads are more popular than ever. Our focus is really on making as much music as possible and playing live shows, and letting the industry take things where it may want to go. We donâ€™t have the luxury of being at the forefront the way a band like Radiohead does. Weâ€™re certainly keeping our eye on things though.
Chairlift is out on tour right now, see all of their upcoming tour dates after the jump…..
Apr 30 2009 8:00P
Music Hall Of Williamsburg [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Brooklyn, New York
May 1 2009 8:00P
World Cafe [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 2 2009 8:00P
9:30 Club [w/ Peter Bjorn & John] Washington DC
May 4 2009 8:00P
Fox Theatre [w/ The Killers] St Louis, Missouri
May 5 2009 8:00P
Lifestyle Communities Pavillion [w/ The Killers] Columbus, Ohio
May 6 2009 7:30P
Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City [w/ The Killers] Cleveland, Ohio
May 8 2009 8:00P
Susquehanna Bank Center [w/ The Killers] Camden, New Jersey
May 9 2009 8:00P
Mohegan Sun Arena [w/ The Killers] Uncasville, Connecticut
May 10 2009 8:00P
DELI MAG BEST OF NEW YORK FEST NY
May 13 2009 8:00P
Ruby Lounge Manchester
May 14 2009 8:00P
Kings College London
May 15 2009 8:00P
TGE @ Audio Brighton
May 17 2009 8:00P
May 18 2009 8:00P
Academy 2 Dublin
May 19 2009 8:00P
May 21 2009 8:00P
May 22 2009 8:00P
AB Club Brussels
May 23 2009 8:00P
May 24 2009 8:00P
May 25 2009 8:00P
May 28 2009 8:00P
May 29 2009 8:00P
Stockholm Strand Stockholm
Jun 11 2009 6:00P
Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee
Aug 1 2009 12:00P
All Points West Liberty State Park, New Jersey
Aug 8 2009 8:00P
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