Megan Wash­ing­ton in­ter­views Car­rie Brown­stein

Time Out (Sydney) - - MUSIC AND NIGHTLIFE -

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.syd­ne­op­er­a­ 7.30pm. $59-$89. Sun Mar 6.


Car­rie Brown­stein and Megan Wash­ing­ton

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