"Paying money to see a band in a club and having them cancel through something that seems like a clear fuck-you is doubtlessly infuriating. And that— as John Cage or Marina Abramović or Justice Yeldham or anyone whose idea of performance upsets our idea of what we’re paying to see has affirmed— is OK. If Friday’s cancelled Death Grips show had been scheduled for the Museum of Modern Art, it would’ve been subtitled ‘The Artist Isn’t Present’, and it would have been documented in art journals. Performance art is not about getting anything; it’s about being gotten."
"Say you were being bullied in school: If you have our music in your headphones, no one is really bullying you anymore. It’s like taking a pill that makes you super-human. The music has emotional suffering on the darker and deeper side of what the human experience is like, but it’s also a beast— you could take a bite out of a bowl while listening to it."
"We had an amazing moment when we were finalizing the record. We had signed the contract, and he compared our music to Whitney Houston. We were tripping out; it was actually a heavy deal. He was talking about the emotional pull— the feeling, not the literal sound— the true fucking shit that you strike on. […] I took it as a massive compliment because the dude is on this primal level right there with us. He was able to go beyond these stigmas and attachments and he knew we wouldn’t be threatened by something like that— that we would know what he was talking about when he said that right after her passing."
— Zach Hill of Death Grips, talking about meeting with Epic Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid. Read Jayson Greene’s interview.
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