Songlounge.com interview with Rivers Cuomo - September 2002
Quirky, original and cool are a few of the words that come to mind when we think of the band Weezer. A band that seems to care about one thing above all: GOOD SONGS. Songlounge had a chance to catch up with the band's main creative force, Rivers Cuomo, at the Reading Festival in England.
How do you begin writing a song? Do you have a particular method or system that you adhere to when writing? Do you begin with the music or the vocal line (melody)?
In general, my favorite method is GUITAR, then MELODY, then LYRICS.
In your opinion, what is the special ingredient that can transform a bland pop song into a quirky and edgy one like the ones you write?
Don't try to be quirky; just write from your personal experience and it will automatically have an individual style.
Do you rely on musicianship or instinct when crafting a song?
Only instincts are worth a damn when it comes to creating. That's not to say, however, that you shouldn't TRAIN yourself with rules until they become INSTINCT.
Do you think that collaboration can lead a song astray? In other words, can a song lose its focus if there are too many cooks in the kitchen?
I think collaboration is essential to creating complex, well-rounded music.
We would like to thank Rivers and Weezer!
- Maladroit, Weezer's latest album, is in stores now! CD comes with 7 mini video clips!
- New limited edition EP, The Lion And The Witch, out Sept 24th!