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Sage Francis interview for KARMA/RANDOM Magazines 8/26/03  Reply with quote  

Interview conducted by David Ma


How do you like living on the East Coast? How does it compare to the West Coast?

"I like pulp in my orange juice. It makes me feel like I just took a juicy bite out of an actual orange. But being from the east coast I know more about apples. I actually had a pear tree outside of my house before we chopped it down because of all the weird bugs. The coolest thing was the grapevine. I actually had a grapevine on the side of my house. I have no idea why we got rid of it, but I would invite friends over and we would play Grape Fight Club. They don't do that kind of shit on the west coast. They're too granola."


Why did you sign to Epitaph? How do you think will it effect your music?

"Epitaph presented me with an opportunity to make my music available to more people than I could on my own at this point. They made a very favorable offer, and all they ask is that I present an album to them that I think is dope. They have not pushed me in any direction...and that is smart because that's the ONLY way I would be able to work with a label of any magnitude. Thankfully, Epitaph has their business straight as well as their attitude toward art and artists."


How did you and Joe meet? Will he be involved in you Epitaph albums?

"The way Joe and I met is very funny. It's a long story, but basically...he was dissing me on the college radio station. I stormed the studio and got all rowdy. He apologized. The next day I was sitting in math class and realized that he sat diagonally from me. We laughed. We started hanging out. Eventually he started making beats and his talent came through right away. Bounce was on of the first beats he made actually. Needless to say, I was all over it. I really hope to involve him on the Epitaph albums, but maybe we'll decide to reserve our collaborations for strictly Non-Prophets projects. Who knows."


Name something about Joe Beats that most people don't know?(I'm going ask him the same about you.)

"That dude can write his ass off. He was an English major in school, and he writes great stories."

What are you listening to right now?

"Well, I just hooked up my turntable so I am going through all of my records. At this very moment I am listening to 'Piano Man' by Billy Joel."

How long did it take to complete "HOPE"? How do you think it compares to you previous work?

"Hahahahaaaa...holy shit. Well, theoretically it took 5 years. But if you subtract all the breaks in between, and it took close to two years. It is very much in line with all the Non-Prophets songs I have done. It is different from my solo Sage Francis work. I have a feeling it may polarize my fan base, but if I spent time worrying about those things I wouldn't be here right now."

What are some of your favorite songs of yours? What are your least favorites?

"Favorite songs: Specialist, Message Sent, Runaways, Makeshift Patriot, Cure, Spaceman, Bounce, Andy Kaufman, Majority Rule, Specialist, Come Come Now, Eviction Notice, Narcissist, Hang Time, Emperor's New Clothing, Personal Journalist, and a song on Signify's Sleep No More called Kitty Litter. My least favorite songs are: All Word No Play (a concept I executed much better on a song called New Word Order,) Whore Monger Sing-Along (recorded horribly,) Trite (also recorded horribly,) and anything I recorded with the AOI band."


What contemporary Hip Hop do you currently dig?

"I think Brother Ali does contemporary hiphop the best right now."

Are you going to continue to ever put forth efforts with Anticon or Slug again?

"I would love to with both. Collaborations with Slug have been happening. There's nothing being planned with anticon right now."

What do you think your music offers that current music doesn't or is lacking? What do the Non-Prophets bring to the table.

"Current music is lacking me. My thoughts. My opinions. My life's experiences. I am not hearing them from current musicians. And I believe that my thoughts, opinions, experiences can be enjoyed by others if I communicate them well enough. So maybe what's really lacking is good communication. It's definitely lacking in more than one area. The Non-Prophets bring forth aggressive hiphop with a sensitive edge. Haha. It's joking and serious at the same time...which is a blast for me to do, because I like roller coasters."

What is your favorite Bob Dylan album?

"I think it is Blood on the Tracks this week."

Rolling Stones or Beatles?(Please fucking say Beatles.)

"I have to choose Beatles, but Rolling Stones offered the soul and the live show that Beatles seemed to lack. In the end, I'm still just listening to Neil Young."

You talk about your family a lot in your music. How is your relationship with your family?

"Distant. I love them so fucking much, but the distance is there. The distance is there between me and every single person I have ever known. I do my best to hack away at that distance when I have a girlfriend, and I think I am doing a really good job in my current relationship. I cherish my solitude and privacy, and I think many members of my small family are the same exact way. It may be an Irish Protestant thing, I'm not sure."


What do prefer to do: Rap or perform spoken word?

"Spoken Word. It feels more liberating to perform in that manner."

What is your dream project?

"Me and the Beastie Boys produced by Rick Rubin. Or me and Public Enemy produced by the Bomb Squad."


Amelie or Natalie Portman? Cant say both.

"Shit. Shit. Fuck. You are a cunt. I go with the brunette."

What do you envision or plan to do after the Epitaph releases?

"I see a wife. I see Strange Famous Records putting out artists who deserve exposure. I see community service."


What are some of your favorite places that your music has brought you to? Nationally and internationally.

"Hawaii, Australia, Austin, Minneapolis, LA, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Iceland, San Francisco."


What is the best part of performing live?

"Saying a bunch of shit I normally don't get a chance to say. And people actually listen. It's a whole new world on stage. Transformations happen."

What is your favorite Joe Beats beat?

"The Cure, Bounce or Spaceman."


What do you have to say to critics who don't like your anti-religion stance?

"God Bless You."

What do you want people to say about Sage Francis and his career 20 years from now?

"He fought the tide and won. That's why we know who the hell he is."
Post Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:15 am
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hilarious about you and joey beats meeting...

also, have you seen brother ali live?
Post Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:38 am
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Look for this and an interview, hopefully, with Joe Beats also, in

RANDOM MAGAZINE.

It will be available in coorelation with the release date of "HOPE".

Thanks again for your time Sage.

David
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abacus7 wrote:
Look for this and an interview, hopefully, with Joe Beats also, in

RANDOM MAGAZINE.

It will be available in coorelation with the release date of "HOPE".

Thanks again for your time Sage.

David


The interview with Joe Beats has just been confirmed.

Thanks Joe, I'll be in touch.

David
Post Tue Aug 26, 2003 3:58 pm
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Re: Sage Francis interview for KARMA/RANDOM Magazines 8/26/0  Reply with quote  

Sage Francis wrote:


What are some of your favorite places that your music has brought you to? Nationally and internationally.

"New Orleans."


You're damn right.
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