AOL Music interview with Rivers Cuomo - September 14, 2005
Note: The following interview was conducted by AOL Music via AOL Instant Messenger. Rivers used the screen name MakeBleaveWeezer to conduct the interview. This was the ONLY time this screen name was used.
hi rivers! :)
where are you right now?
I'm in the dressing room in Austin, Texas
cool. do you have a show there tonight?
tour been going so far?how's the
i saw Weezer play at coachella back in april. You guys were great!
it was okay
we've gotten much better since then ;)
so what makes a really great show for you?
you mean as a performer or a spectator?
as a performer... what distinguishes a good show from a great show?
the only gauge to judge a performance is the happiness of the audience
which is something that's not always easy to know as a performer, but that's what we're trying to gauge it by
I feel like now we're generating a lot of happiness in the audience
and really, that's what it's all about
it's a terrific song
yeah, this is one of my favorite videos too, that we've ever made
the concept is me just walking around town encountering all these people that are acting as if they're totally whacked out on drugs and all these bad things happen to me and finally I return home and strap on my guitar and rock out with the band
I hope it gets played
Beverly Hills' at the playboy mansion?how did you like filming the '
it was okay but seeing as how I'm celibate, it wasn't like I could really take advantage of the opportunity
wow. that's, uh... highly ironic:)
how long have you been celibate?
it's not a position most rock musicians subscribe to
it was 2 years on june 13
that must take a lot of discipline
meditate a lot as welli understand you
are the two related somehow?
yeah they are
I decided to try celibacy because I heard it would help the meditation
and I tried meditation because I heard it would help with the music
so it all really comes back to the music
so how has meditating affected your music?
well ultimately I think the fans should judge for themselves.
I know I can hear a difference in my singing
My voice just sounds much more sensitive and dynamic now
I also notice a difference in the lyrics
I'm much more open and communicative about my emotions now
I also notice a difference in the contributions from the other band members
Now, you might wonder what my meditation practice has to do with the other members' contributions, but I think my meditation has allowed me to be a better collaborator in the studio
I don't have so much fear that I won't get my way
I don't have so much anger if people have opposing opinions
and generally I'm much more happy and comfortable in collaborative situations.
So I think the guys finally got an opportunity to really shine on this album
but ultimately I think the listeners should judge for themselves.
so with this new perspective, does it change the way you think about the albums you've done previously? are there any songs you don't fell comfortable performing now or anything?
yeah there are a few lyrics here and there that I alter live
just because they just feel a little violent
and I don't need to be like that
can you give us an example?
you have to come to the show and hear for yourself :)
heh. ok. fair enough :)
so, watching your videos, you've had a ton of co-stars in the past
the fonz :)
who's been the most fun to work with?
probably the most intriguing was the baby chimpanzee in 'Island in the Sun'
it was so human
yeah, that video is really special
is there anyone (or anything) you're dying to work with?
either in video, or on record?
I wouldn't say I'm really dying to work with anyone
I've always thought the woman from Evanescence has a great voice.
If I was ever going to do a duet, I'd like to do it with someone like her
We're supposed to collaborate with Snoop Dogg on something in the near future
snoop dogg!? that's awesome.
are you a fan of hip-hop in general?
I'm a fan of everything in general
weezer as a big inspiration.a lot of 'emo' bands credit
do you listen to a lot of that stuff?
or are there any young bands that are really catching your ear?
I've been hearing thatKillers song a lot
I think it's incredible
it's super catchy, right?
super emotional too, if you ask me
young rock bands?
or whatever else is in heavy rotation for you
I listen to the Billboard Hot 100, so I hear the most popular songs from all the different formats
Everything from country to hip-hop to metal to alternative to pop
I don't hear too many "young rock bands" on there though
so what do you do often in the rare moments you have spare time?
I don't really have spare time :)
Most mornings when I wake up, the first thing I do is write out a schedule for the day so I make sure I'm making the best possible use of my time.
essays, or working on special projects--like right now there's some talk about making a documentary film about my trip to Indiathat's happening this NovemberBut some of the activities I engage in besides Weezer-related activities or meditation are reading and writing
Cool. What's the trip for?
I'm going to do a meditation course (see www.dhamma.org)
myspace site recentlyi found a picture of youkayaking on your
is that something you do often?
No I'm not a big kayaker
I really enjoyed it that time though
Harvard in the spring?I also heard a rumor that you're going back to
yeah, i'm going back to school in February and i'll graduate in June with a degree in English.
that's excellent. good luck with that.
thank you :)
well, seems we're out of time
it's been great chatting with you
it's been great chatting with you
great minds thinking alike! :D
see you on the road!
ok thanks so much - bye!
signed off at 4:34 P.M.