Megan Washington interviews Carrie Brownstein
The local singer-songwriter quizzes the Portlandia comedian, Sleater-Kinney frontwoman and now author
Carrie, you’ve said that you don’t consider yourself a musician, not entirely. Why not? Yes, technically I am a musician, I know how to play guitar. It’s just an acknowledgment that there are other kinds of musicians that have a different background and different training that in certain circles that would imbue them with more validity.
You took a a break and then had a series of ‘normal person’ jobs. Would you say you associate routine with happiness? Not necessarily, but I like structure. I like being busy, I like the way business gives a shape to my day and my week and it makes me more driven to work. When I was working on my book I was running up against a lot of scheduling conflicts because Sleater-Kinney was starting to record and we would be writing or in production for Portlandia. All of a sudden I was very eager to write my book.
How does it feel to be doing so much at once? It really was coincidence that everything coalesced at the same time last year. It was a bit stressful but it worked out. I feel really proud of last year.
David Byrne said that it helps people remember you [on stage] if you’re wearing the same thing a lot... Depending on the tour, I basically bring three things and they have to look good on stage and they have to be functional with my guitar.
Does it ever feel a little like soft armour? A guitar is a pretty good shield; I don’t need much more armour than that.
Sleater-Kinney Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point 2000. www.sydneoperahouse.com. 7.30pm. $59-$89. Sun Mar 6.
Carrie Brownstein and Megan Washington