Not There has done exactly one interview in the last year. Dean Pickles, a true denizen of the Beijing scene, sat down with us over 7 alarm Cosby Chili to chat about life, music and whatever else popped into our heads.
Pickles: Your songs go on for a long time, do you think that alienates people?
Nick: Perhaps but we don’t really care.
Jon: I mean the crowd, who cares. We’re totally in it for the art. It’s about using a post symbolic language to express our existential viewpoint.
Edo: I agree with Jon, but I think that’s only true if you follow the discourse. It’s really micro-logical in essence. Pickles, have you seen Big Road?
Pickles: I guess that’s a different discourse?
Marco: But you have to consider it from a free-market perspective. I mean it’s all about incentives…
Nick: You people suck, I thought we were talking about music today.
Pickles: Ok, ok. Nick, do you like LCD Soundsystem?
Nick: No, that guy sings like a moaning hipster bitch. Jon likes them a lot.
Jon: Yeah dude. Nar Nar.
Pickles: Edo what do you listen to?
Edo: I have been listening to a collection of sheepherd music from southern Italy. It’s very droning, ambient. I get tired of all this trashy music these Americans make me play.
Marco: Yeah, I mean Jesus, I can relate.
Nick: Stay in the pocket, fill less.
Pickles: Jesus, enough. Are there any other bands you guys respect in Beijing?
Nick: Edo respects everyone. I like Maze, Jon likes/hates Nan Wu. We like Nico.
Jon: Not me, he’s a better bass player, but like at least I’m still better than SAM.
Marco: No you’re not…
Pickles: How would you sum up your sound in one word?
Pickles: Are you religious? I have a friend who started a religion.
Nick: Christ, not this again…
Marco: I have a sales call to make, bye.
Edo: I want to learn more.
Pickles: Thanks guys, we’ll talk again soon.