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OTR Q&A: Julianna Barwick

What’s your clearest childhood memory? Going to camp in the summer in Louisiana, waking up and walking to the camp kitchen to get a carton of chocolate milk. You spent much of your childhood singing in church choirs. Did you …

Tue, May 17, 2011, 09:02

   

What’s your clearest childhood memory?

Going to camp in the summer in Louisiana, waking up and walking to the camp kitchen to get a carton of chocolate milk.

You spent much of your childhood singing in church choirs. Did you have a favourite hymn?

I didn’t sing in church choirs! Our church sang all together as a congregation. I sang like that a LOT. My favorite hymn is probably “Softly and Tenderly”.

What was the last book you read, film you saw and album you purchased?

The last book I read was Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton, a memoir by a chef. The last film I saw was When We Were Kings, about the fight between Ali and Foreman in Zaire. I purchased “Tomboy” by Panda Bear on vinyl yesterday.

What item would you like to have invented?

Velcro.

It’s time for dinner. What are you having to eat? And who would you like to be sitting around the table?

Black kale caesar with plenty of lemon and parmesan; spaghetti gorgonzola, with lots of crunchy baguette, olives, and wine. And with my boyfriend.

What’s the weirdest description of your music you’ve come across?

Probably Diplo’s comment that it sounded like Care Bears making love, which is also one of the best ones i’ve ever heard.

Can you remember the last dream you had?

I was having a pillow fight with Sharon van Etten.

What’s your feeling as an artist about social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter? Are they useful or a necessary evil?

I’m not on either. I was on Twitter for a second, but deactivated it a few weeks ago. I have a hard enough time answering emails in a timely fashion so I don’t need another thing to distract me! But i think it’s really useful and helpful to a lot of people.

When was the last time you voted? And who did you vote for?

I voted for Obama. hooray!

If you were a super-hero, what super powers would you have?

Flying. Flying. Definitely flying.

Have you played many gigs in churches? How do they compare to your usual sweaty gig scenario?

I’ve played in one – the Presbyterian Church in Austin for SXSW. It was really beautiful. It definitely has a different vibe – people are way more reverent in a church than in a club. It was really peaceful and nice.

Sum up your label boss Sufjan Stevens in three words

Prodigious, generous, genius.

Tell us about the magic place which inspired the album title

It was a little area on the land we had, a tree that was all overgrown and beautiful and tangly – it was enclosed basically – and it was absolutely magical and that’s why we named it “the magic place”.

Julianna Barwick plays the Unitarian Church (Stephen’s Green, Dublin) on Friday next, May 20. It’s an On the Record Presents in association with Harmonic gig. Tickets are €12 in advance from tickets.ie (including fees) or €12 on the door. Support from Elaine Mai.