NME.com: Texas DIY scene

January 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I saved some quotes from the cutting room floor after talking to Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage for an NME Radar feature that ended up in this post on the Texas DIY scene. But here’s one more: Savage says he hasn’t encountered the same sense of an artistic community in New York City as he had back home, partly, he thinks, because the lifestyle in the city doesn’t allow for it.

“People in Texas don’t necessarily have to work a job because it’s cheap to live,” he said. “You can be a slacker and hang out at your buddy’s house all day and play guitar – whereas in New York you have to have a job. I think one of the hardest things about being an artist in New York is that it can be an exhausting city and at the end of the day you just want to smoke a joint and pass out, but that’s one of the obstacles you have to overcome, what time you dedicate to creating art and making things.”

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