Pitchfork chatted with Patrick Wolf, who recently split with Universal in order to release his next album, The Bachelor, on his own Bloody Chamber Music imprint. Wolf’s raising money for the album using a service called Bandstocks, which has been (until now) used mostly by the very indiest of British bands. Fans can invest in shares of the album at £10 each in exchange for copies of the album and perks.
All signs from the Pitchfork interview seem to indicate that Wolf is up to his old tricks.
On separating from Universal:
"Universal paid for the recording…and that was the whole problem. They weren’t expecting a record with a gospel choir, 12-piece strings, experimental noise, and Appalachian mountain dulcimer. They wanted me to make something very conventional, but that just seems like the death of creation to me. I’ve always done this from a place of pure, innocent creativity and no one can tell me what to do. … I figured out that when someone says "you can’t have this," I make sure that I do, legally. I know I sound like a very cold-hearted businessman, but if you think of your work as a real labor of love it’s one of the most precious things you can own."
On Universal’s distaste for the album:
"I figured out that when someone says ‘you can’t have this,’ I make sure that I do, legally. I know I sound like a very cold-hearted businessman, but if you think of your work as a real labor of love it’s one of the most precious things you can own."
On Alec Empire, one of his collaborators on the album:
He’d be crucifying himself and cutting himself onstage, but there’s a slight cheekiness to it. You know, even Charles Manson was probably a fun person to hang out with. I’m not saying Alec is Charles Manson, but everyone who’s capable of destruction is normally capable of good humor. I’ve got songs about cutting my penis off and being raped by a child molester, so people think I’m going to be a really scary person. But then they see me drunk doing karaoke in a pub and they’re like, "Is that Patrick Wolf?"
That said, I had all of these Satanist explorations in Los Angeles and I became a real voyeur of Satanism for a while. And then I worked with Alec, who was like 666…6. He was one-up on Satan. So that kind of helped me overcome all my Satanist urges. It was getting healthy– like boot camp with Alec Empire.