In August last year, Bright eyes Is released Weeds below, where the world once was. This was their tenth album and their first album in almost ten years. It was supposed to be a winning moment, but with so much of last year, its release felt nuted. Like thousands of other artists, Connor Oberst, Nate Walcott and Mike Mogis, their calendars were filled with travel dates with clear thanks for the epidemic.
Connor (and for millions of people around the world), it was completely unpleasant. But now, as the doors begin to open, the calendar squares are being filled. Bright Eye Stateside and European Tour (From July-September) is back, and Nonesuch is also re-releasing Conor’s heartbreaking 2016 solo album Rumination, with five additional tracks, on July 23rd.
Connor joins this episode Best advice podcast Sitting in his backyard in LA (he currently spends time between California and Omaha, Nebraska where he was born). Connor has been making music in various disguises for over twenty years. There is only a handful of names Order Venus, Missing, The monster of man, His partnership with Phoebe Bridger Advanced Oblivion Community Center – He actually called her in the middle of our recording. And of course, he is best known for his bright eyes.
He’s an artist who in the 90s when he was still a teenager, really cuts teeth locally, finds like-minded people at his doorstep, works like a grassroots, takes everyone in an erroneous van, travels what seems to be – especially now – the practice of the past Like.
Connor isn’t the guy to talk about social media strategy or branding. He’s not the kind of guy who speaks on Soundbite, so no suggestion of our conversation is fixed. His advice comes in the form of stories and confrontations, some with musicians like Bruce Springsteen or Phoebe, some you may not know, such as the late, the great Gary Burden, a visual artist called Connor, one of his best friends, who was 57 years old. Senior.
We talk about collaboration, inspiration, trust and much more. And honestly, he ended up with a piece of advice that is so simple, yet so essential and often overlooked. It’s as much advice about life.
Highlights from Connor Obrest’s Best Advice episode
Always work with people you trust.
If you trust someone and you know the heart like them and you know where they are coming from, just stay with them because there will be a lot of cats that will turn you around and give you a lot of promise. And they may have a bunch of celebrities on their roster, but I think if you want to have a long career … it all depends on who you work with.
Numbers and data don’t let you sink.
Don’t worry so much about how many streams you get, or how many likes you get. [The] The younger generation, I think they are kind of obsessed with this number, and I think people like you will figure it out. And if they don’t understand it, that’s fine too.
One of the best tips he got from his best friend, the late, great artist Gary Burden, who taught him that you should never grow old. . . In your heart
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned from him is that you never have to grow old in your heart and you don’t have to stop caring about art or caring for new music. He always wanted to know what was going on in the new music and what was going on. He has already lived such a historic, amazing life and the fact that he was still curious and interested in that stage of life is very inspiring to me. I was like, “Oh, you can keep your mind sharp and keep your mind open, you’ll always discover things.”
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