Todd Rundgren Inspired By YouTube
Todd Rundgren found inspiration for his latest album State via YouTube.
The virtuoso says he spent many hours on the video sharing site, using its sidebar of suggested clips to take himself on a musical journey.
Rundgren tells Noisecreep: “I do a lot of research before I start a record, depending on what kind of record I’m making. It may be more of an archival exercise, perhaps trying to recapture the aura of something earlier – an older style of making records.
“With a record like this I’m trying to catch the contemporary flame. So I spent a lot of time on YouTube and it turned out to be a great asset for this kind of exploration. A few clicks can take you through some really different realms. I would start out somewhere and then wander through all sorts of music videos, following certain listener trends by clicking on things associated with whatever I was watching.”
But when he found something that interested him, he didn’t listen for too long. “Automatically I would stop, because if I continued to listen to it I would literalise it.
“If I listen to anything too much I’d start aping it and imitate it, and I didn’t want to do that. I just wanted to grab the essence of certain directions and incorporate whatever the imperfections of my memory allowed me to.”
State is released on April 8, and Rundgren will tour the UK in June. He says: “One of the things that inspired this record was that I would plan to perform it in a modern context without having to take a large band out. It’s just Prairie Prince on drums, Jesse Gress on guitar and me running all the machinery, and there will be lights and effects.
“Essentially I want to bring the improvisational element back to what I do. In the early 90s I did the No World Order show where I, as the DJ, wouldn’t have any idea how long the show would be – but I had all the options in front of me. I would perform accordingly and try to react what was happening in the audience.
“I want to recapture the ability to use a minimal amount of resources and be able to create the maximal amount of music. The shows will be different every night; it will be danceable and there will be lots of pretty lights!”
Todd Rundgren UK tour
Jun 6: Glasgow O2 ABC
Jun 7: Edinburgh Picturehouse
Jun 9: Manchester Ritz
Jun 11: Gateshead Sage
Jun 12: Birmingham O2 Academy
Jun 13: Bristol O2 Academy
Jun 15: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
3. In My Mouth
4. Ping Me
5. Angry Bird
8. Something From Nothing
9. Party Liquor
10. Sir Reality