‘I never thought I would like free jazz, but I really do’
In conversation: Daniel McIntyre and Parker Mulherin, musicians
Daniel McIntyre and Parker Mulherin.
What was the last gift that you bought?
Daniel: A music box for my girlfriend that plays Moon River.
Parker: Very nice! One of my friends collects goofy oven mitts. I found this really stupid oven mitt and bought it for her. It was a painting of a woman eating and it said ‘I’m beautiful and I eat a lot’.
Daniel: That’s a good hobby, collecting oven mitts.
Parker: She literally has a drawer full of them.
What is your favourite place to visit?
Parker: I love New Orleans. I went to college there. It’s a great place.
Is there any artist you feel particularly connected to right now?
Daniel: Right now, I feel particularly connected to Jon Hopkins, his last album, and listening to the way that he talks about music. You’re generally pretty connected to T-Pain.
Parker: Definitely! It’s funny. We were in the studio the last couple of days going back and forth on a couple of songs and somehow landed on T-Pain. Part of it is nostalgia because I was in middle school when all of his music popped off.
Daniel: T-Pain has been a recurring theme.
What book do you keep returning to?
Daniel: At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien and The Ginger Man by JP Dunleavy. Those are my main two.
Parker: The main one for me is Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. It’s a beautiful book, very simple, a relationship between two people.
Daniel: I don’t know that one.
Parker: It’s super good.
What was your favourite item of clothing when you were a teenager?
Parker: Before I really thought about clothes at all, I thought Hollister was really, really cool.
Parker: I was like 14. It was a huge thing where I was, everyone wore Hollister. So probably a Hollister hoodie I thought was the coolest, which is obviously terrible now.
What was the first record you owned?
Parker: Blink 182, Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. I remember buying that.
Daniel: Something ridiculous like Pink or Beyoncé when I was a child.
Parker: I was six when I bought that Blink 182 CD!
Can you remember the first film you saw in the cinema?
Daniel: I can remember being in the cinema with all my friends when I was a child, but I can’t remember the movie.
Parker: It might have been Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was The Philosopher’s Stone for you guys, I don’t know why we [Americans] had ‘Sorcerer’.
Daniel: You don’t have philosophers in America?
Parker: I do not know what the point of that title change was!
What is your favourite piece of technology?
Daniel: Ableton Live, recording software.
Parker: I’m going to say Voice Memo recordings on iPhones.
Daniel: Really? That’s your favourite? Out of all the technology in the world?
What is your favourite street?
Parker: I’m going to say St Charles Avenue in New Orleans. All the houses are these beautiful old southern homes, there are a lot of parks off it, you can just walk for miles. It’s a beautiful place.
Daniel: I really like Chatham Street, where Neary’s pub is.
In your opinion, what is the greatest TV show of all time?
Daniel: The Sopranos.
Parker: Avatar: The Last Airbender. I love that show.
Is there any type of art you love, but privately?
Daniel: I’m pretty vocal about the things I like! Weirdly, and I’ve only just discovered that I like this, but free jazz I really like. I’d never really thought it would be something that I like, but I really like it.
Parker: It’s not super surprising because of where I’m from, but I love really ignorant southern rap music so much. There’s something so visceral about the energy behind it and being in a room of people and listening to it, and everyone channelling it together is so primal.
Daniel: What kind of rap would you say is ignorant southern rap?
What do you wish you studied more in school?
To what do you owe a parent?
Daniel: My life.
Parker: Everything about myself. My mom is like an angel. Everything.
Daniel: The ability to pursue music as a career, definitely.