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Sage Francis
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I've been posting interviews at www.SageFrancis.net
But here's another one I think could open up random discussions on this forum.


Below are my favorite segments from my interview with a blog called "Indygrrrl" on August 13th, 2010

To see the full interview you can check it here:
http://indygrrrl.blogspot.com/2010/08/ive-always-hoped-to-be-buried-by-army.html



Q: Your music is extremely personal, and at times, confessional.
Sharing this type of information in songs must be difficult to do. Do
you ever feel vulnerable that so much of your life is put out there
for so many to hear?

A: I communicate my human condition and whatever vulnerability comes
with that is something that I believe we all share. I'm not a social
person and I don't intend on running for office so I'm OK with what my music says about me, whether it's good or bad. Getting to be honest is one of the greatest perks of being an artist. That being said, I do my best to maintain a level of privacy that makes me feel secure in my personal life. I am a private person by nature so it's important for me to have some sort of retreat. There are times when people try to infringe on my privacy and I deal with them however I see fit when stuff like that happens.

Q: What advice would you give writers that wish to relinquish
personal matters in their writing but don't because they are reluctant
about the reaction of those close to them?

A: That's a really good question and one that relates to the last
question you asked but requires more thought. Because this is a
sensitive matter that everyone in the art world has to consider or
deal with whether they make confessional art or not. Your freedom of
expression becomes less and less flexible the more people you consider
before expressing yourself. But you have to draw the line somewhere
and realize that people will always be searching for themselves in
your work. And they will FIND themselves whether you're addressing
them or not. That's just human nature as far as I can tell. When
Montana Fishburne was asked about how her father (Lawrence Fishburne)
felt about her involvement in porn she said, "I'm not going to let
hurting his feelings stop me from living my dream." She is so wise.
That's a horrible last name for a porn star though.

Q: Why do you think your genre of hip-hop doesn't take over the
world? Do you think the mainstream would understand and appreciate
your music, or do you feel your tunes belong in counter-culture and
sub-culture circles?

A: We took over the underground. Taking over the world would take a
bit more organization than any of us know much about. *Insert evil maniacal laughter here*. There's not enough solidarity or a drive for fiscal profit for that to be feasible. I think indie-hop challenges the status quo. That's our nature. We
reject the norm and offer an alternative. We do that because we're dissatisfied with typicality. We do this because we're not content with how the world is run. Some of us slip through the cracks and get mainstream exposure but that's very rare.

Q: Sage Francis fans are ultra loyal. How do you explain this? Do you
spike your songs with MSG or something?

A: As far as I know MSG is not habit forming but I don't know much about MSG. I thought MSG was some kind of suburban myth when I was growing up. As the myth goes, all-you-can-eat Asian restaurants used MSG in their food to make people feel full so that they wouldn't eat too much. However, as it turns out, MSG is a "flavor enhancer" much like salt. So, no, I don't spike my songs with MSG. However, I think some pop stars are composed entirely of MSG. You just sidetracked me with the whole MSG thing. Back to the question. I've earned loyalty from some fans because I offer something unique. It's something they can only get from me. Whatever opinion people have about my style or content, there are very few people in this world who can deliver my particular brand of music. It takes an incredible amount of humility and ego, a mixture that is probably toxic to the soul. It makes me happy to know that it's not for naught. I've always hoped to be buried by an army of broken hearts.

Q: If a grizzly bear and lion got into a fight--which one would win?

A: "I think a grizzly bear would win. I feel like the lion would bite the
grizzly bear and then the grizzly bear would tear it in half like a
phonebook. Not that I want that to happen, but that's what I see in my
head."

Q: What's the last movie you watched?

A: "The last movie I watched is 'Drag Me To Hell.' It's one of those
movies where I felt it was so bad that I decided to check it's rating
on www.RottenTomatoes.com just to see what the critics had to say
about it. Come to find it received a 92% rating. Come to find out that
the movie was SUPPOSED to be campy and wack. Ohhhhh I GET IT NOW!!!
Before I get judged for being devoid of humor I must say that I
enjoyed The Evil Dead as a kid. I'm not so sure how I'd feel about it
as an adult it's probably best that I let it remain a happy memory."


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Post Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:50 pm
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Aww come on, Drag Me To Hell was awesome even if you didn't know it was camp. But I'm with you on the grizzly bear. Lions are only tough shit cause they've never met a grizzly.
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:34 am
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WrathChild wrote:
Aww come on, Drag Me To Hell was awesome even if you didn't know it was camp. But I'm with you on the grizzly bear. Lions are only tough shit cause they've never met a grizzly.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVdIYFPDPco
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:52 am
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Whoa whoa whoa, that's a MEGA-lion for Christ's sake. I'm talking your standard lazy ass ball licking "don't bother me I'm on my 18th hour of sleep" modern day lion.

Also, the comments on that video are getting heated! People take their theoretical prehistoric beast fights seriously 'round here.


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what a waste of time. i just wanna see them kill eachother and you give me scientists´╗┐ that think they know everything about everything. you people disgust me
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:59 am
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the largest male grizzly bear would destroy the largest male african lion.

although, i advocate the peaceful planetary co-existence between these two beasts.

however, if i run into a lion and bear simultaneously out in the wild, i definitely want them to fight at least long enough for me to get far, far away.
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:56 am
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Drag Me To Hell

is greatness


you fail
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:26 pm
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You love Drag Me to Hell.
Your love knows no bounds.
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:28 pm
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is there anything that neuro doesnt love?
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:28 pm
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my love is unlimited

my love is not infinite


dont be jealous
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:39 pm
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Seriously. I'm not hating your ability to love. It's a great change around here.
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:52 pm
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on the subject of movies


have you seen that bob dylan movie "im not there"


i watched the first half of it and im not sure whats going on
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Yeah. I enjoyed it because I'm such a big Dylan fan but I don't think it's all that great of a movie. Basically, various actors play Bob Dylan during different parts of his life. Some resemble him and some don't (purposely.) I think it's a really cool concept but it definitely bored me.
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i am allergic to MSG...i once made a t shirt that said;

RUN
MSG

in the same format as the run dmc t shirts...partially because im allergic to MSG and i was going by the name Message and i was an emcee with a 4 song demo and some t shirts...i wore it a lot...now im more fat and i dont have it...and i buried message.
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I've earned loyalty from some fans because I offer something unique. It's something they can only get from me.
Post Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:58 pm
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Sage Francis wrote:
Yeah. I enjoyed it because I'm such a big Dylan fan but I don't think it's all that great of a movie. Basically, various actors play Bob Dylan during different parts of his life. Some resemble him and some don't (purposely.) I think it's a really cool concept but it definitely bored me.


ok i just finished it

hmmmmm

i understand what they were trying to with the movie

and i understand the different characters now

i just dont think it was executed very well
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