Win Butler

(Edwin Farnham Butler III)

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A lot of people get really stuck in this idea that everything's been done and there's nowhere left to go.
Being in a rock band, I feel a certain responsibility to have a weird haircut. I mean, who else gets to do that?
Everyone has their own talents. It's up to the individual to see what you can actually do.
Funny songs aren't usually that good. Like Weird Al and maybe a couple of Beatles songs, but it's kind of hard to bring humor into rock music in an interesting way. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Humor
I don't like to talk about other bands in interviews.
I feel like I'm kind of a bit of a sponge in a way. Like, if people around me are going through things, I find it very hard not to be empathetic.
I found out a lot of stuff through MTV, and I didn't even have cable, I just saw it at friends' houses. But my culture in junior high was totally influenced by it.
I grew up in a somewhat religious family. My dad's family isn't religious at all, but my mom's side of the family is, so I was exposed to church a bit. Families, Children & Parenting
I had a somewhat religious upbringing. Not strict, but it was there, and I'm kind of thankful for that. If you grow up just watching MTV, that's its own form of religion, and it's not even based on happiness or communal responsibility. I mean, try to construct a worldview out of that. Happiness & Unhappiness
I love my iPhone; it's great to have a camera around all the time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never really felt super-Texan. It wasn't like I was unhappy, but I wasn't superhappy.
I studied the Bible and philosophy in college, and I think in a certain sense that's the kind of stuff that still makes my brain work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think there's some pretty amazing language in the Bible.
I was really sick of bands just ignoring the audience as a posture in rock music. And I think we fed off each other in terms of trying to engage the audience, not in a hammy way, but actually trying to be aware of the space that you are playing in and trying to connect in some way through the music. Music, Chants & Rapps
If you think about it, if you've ever been to a Catholic service, it's practically a laser light show. It's very dramatic, very theatrical. The outfits they wear, it's all designed to be impressive.
I'm not a good hipster - if I let my moustache grow for weeks, it just looks like I have dirt on my face. I'll never have a glorious handlebar moustache.
I'm not practising, I don't go to church, but what I got from it was a sense of belonging to something bigger. What I really miss is being forced to be in a community with people that aren't the same as you. Then, you really have to work through the ways that you're different. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm not someone who can dance to a song I don't like.
It seems like the record industry made so much crazy money in the 1960s that everyone wanted to get in on it. Now it's just become very corporate. So all of these people who despise music end up being in charge. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Money, Coins & Minting
It's a lot easier to sabotage your career than to have a career to sabotage.
My favorite English teacher in high school showed me 'Brazil' when I was 15, and it blew my mind. It's one of those movies that's revealed itself in different ways as I've gone back to it over the years. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My parents live near the ocean, and I've spent a lot of time walking through the water at night, being around the water. Time
Our music may sound big emotionally, but that's more to do with the playing, the level of musicianship and the full-on energy. Often, the lyrics are often quite small and focused. Music, Chants & Rapps
The cliched rock life never seemed that cool to me. Life
The film 'Black Orpheus' is one of my favorite films of all time, which is set in Carnival in Brazil. Time
The Flaming Lips have been on Warner Bros. forever, and certainly everything I heard growing up was on a major label in some way, from the Cure to Radiohead to Bjork.
The idea of dancing to bad house music is something I could never get behind. Music, Chants & Rapps
The idea of peer critique, of talking about each other's art - I just found it so useless. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The music in Haiti is all tied up in voodoo and African rhythm, and so there's this funny thing: go to a voodoo ceremony, and then go to a Catholic church and tell me which music you liked better, to which one the music is more integral. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Humor
The work that Partners in Health do in Haiti benefits the whole world. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are so many bands that I'm kind of aware of through media about them, and it ends up filtering my experience of the actual music. Music, Chants & Rapps
Usually, I think you have most of your musical influences locked down by the time you're 16. Time
We're exposed to ideas everywhere. The world is full of ideas. I think that television is a pretty powerful medium in that regard.
When I was living in Boston, I worked in this store that played the college radio station. I had to listen to it all day, and I didn't care for most of it.
Whenever you're talking about meaning, basically... I think a lot of the human experience has to do with trying to understand what things mean, and there's not really any tools to do that unless you're thinking about it in a more spiritual or philosophical realm.