By Huntress Thompson and P Blood
We were among the lucky few who got to slip a Q&A to elusive zef sensation Die Antwoord this week.
The rap rave crew are now in their native South Africa after their coup abroad, during which time they appeared on the visibly unnerved David Letterman’s show, became tight mates with Harmony Korine, and told Lady Gaga exactly where she could shove her supporting act slot.
Die Antwoord are scheduled to perform at 21:55 tonight at the Vodacom Unlimited In the City concert, before UK new ravers Bloc Party take the stage at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg.
Editor’s note: This interview is a direct cut-and-paste of what we were sent back by Ninja from Die Antwoord. The Vandals have not edited his responses. They’re everything we hoped they’d be.
PB: You effectively represent South Africa to the rest of the world. Have you taken on the ambassador role when you’re touring abroad, or is that not a role you want?
N: YEP, WE REPRESENT SOUTH AFRIKA ONE TIME, WORLD WIDE.
PB: You left your fancy overseas record deal. This far down the line, do you still think that was a good idea?
PB: Your live show has an undercurrent of violence not unlike a metal or hardcore show (in my opinion, at least). Is that on purpose? Are you out there to frighten and bewilder the unexpected? What’s the vibe on stage? Is it the old, ‘the audience is the enemy’?
N: THE VIBE IS TO GET THE ENERGY IN PLACE PUMPING OFF IT’S FOKKEN FACE.
HT: You’ve famously turned down collaborations/touring opportunities with big name performers, who didn’t seem to be in line with your artistic thinking. What advice would you offer other artists in that position?
N: I CAN’T REALLY THINK FOR OTHER PEOPLE, BUT IT’S GOOD TO TRUST YOUR GUT FEEL. OUR MUSIC IS HECTIC (IN A COOL WAY). ALIGNING WITH KAK POP ACTS DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT FOR US.
HT: Which bands/artists in South Africa are you into right now, or even recommending – who’s got the right idea?
N: MANTI (BUT SHE’S STILL A SECRET)
HT: It could seem, to the casual observer, that you guys tend to abandon your musical projects once they become famous. Is that a fair observation? If so, how much longer can we enjoy having Die Antwoord around?
N: WE CALLED THIS GROUP ‘DIE ANTWOORD’ FOR A REASON. CASUAL OBSERVERS ARE GENERALLY RETARDS.
Die Antwoord are live at 21:55 tonight at the Vodacom Unlimited In the City concert in Johannesburg. Stop by the Facebook event page for more info.
In the vacuum between dark and light, Siouxsie Sioux and Emmylou Harris, Amelie and Travis Bickle, Huntress Thompson is an idiot lost, and reporting from the field. If you’re after irrational rants about cupcakes and Johnny Cash (and you probably aren’t), she’s grumpy, but she’s your girl.
Suffering from an inexplicably large ego and ignoring common courtesy, Mr P. Blood indulges his opinions about whatever comes to his cesspool of a mind, and strangely people don’t seem to hate him for it. Making him a writer, of sorts.