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"In my ten plus years as a working musician, I've been told time and time again that I would be more successful if I were quieter, more mysterious, less aggressive, less assertive," Hether Fortune tells me. It's counterintuitive to think that the quieter a musician is, the more they are exalted by the music industry, but it’s something Wax Idols’ front woman, Hether Fortune, has been battling for a decade. Since 2011, she has released...
When I first started doing any journalism, there was one moment I arrived upon that felt very relieving. It was the moment I finally identified a process for pragmatically doing it—the steps I needed to take to get organized, and the moving parts that needed to be in place before I could start writing. Once I'd identified those, the world (of journalism, anyway) opened up to me. Before then, it felt more like I was struggling to tread in a choppy ocean, and...
How do you end up writing all things music for Pitchfork, curating the same for MoMA PS1, launching a music fest like Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, AND collaborating with artists like Matthew Barney? Start making zines when you’re young and then write tirelessly about music. In sum, work hard and never forget where you came from. METAL. When did you first begin to curate shows and what drew you to working with live music? I started...
Did you listen to Björk's Vulnicura? Better question: Were you able to listen to it, nine brutal songs that illuminate in painful detail the dissolution of her thirteen-year relationship with artist Matthew Barney? Most breakups are awful because they're your own. But when I saw Björk at Carnegie Hall belt out her anguish over her final fucks with her husband, who (from her telling of it, anyway) indelicately shattered their covenant, I found the narrative so raw and specific and prolonged that I...

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