Leader of LCD Soundsystem, cofounder of production team/dance-music label DFA, ass-kicker of the NYC clubbing scene
Wed Sep 24 2008
Who are your favorite New Yorkers?
James Murphy: My favorite New Yorkers are people who don’t dress like it’s fuckin’ L.A. I mean, what’s an Ed Hardy store doing here? I like L.A. a lot, but you can avoid everyone who’s not a member of your little group, so people don’t have to worry about walking around the streets where people might punch them in the face because of the way they dress.
What’s the biggest thing that’s happened to the city in the past 13 years?
James Murphy: New York is too big and important a city to have any one “biggest thing” happen to it. But it’s certainly not 9/11; it’s only in middle America that people made weird murals and freaked out and kept asking, “Are you okay?”
What’s your favorite place or thing in New York?
James Murphy: The subway. It’s the best transportation system of any city. And it’s still cheap! For less than $2 on a MetroCard, you can go from one end of the city to another, 24 hours a day. In London, it’s like ten bucks and that shit closes at 11:30! Hey, London, you’re a capital city—grow up! And I love London.
What’s your personal favorite moment in New York? Where were you, and what was happening?
James Murphy: That’s easy—my wedding. It was June 2004, on the roof of the Maritime Hotel.
What’s the future of New York? What are your hopes, and what needs to happen?
James Murphy: The thing I like about New York is that it doesn’t care what I think. It’s not a city that anyone can really steer. It always changes. There’s that constant tension between expensive and dangerous—and I’m not always gonna like the changes personally, but I’m only one among millions of people. It’s always gonna do its thing, and that’s why it’s the best city in the world.
If you could have a drink with anyone else on this Top 40 list, who would it be?
James Murphy: Tina Fey, absolutely. She’s cool as shit, and she’s funny, and she’s smart and she’s interesting.
Complete this sentence: New York is…
James Murphy: New York is a city of people who don’t like to complete sentences like “New York is….”
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