PITCHFORK INTERVIEWS SHABAZZ PALACES

Pitchfork

Pitchfork recently snagged the elusive Palaceer Lazaro aka Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces for an interview. “Lazaro initially declined Pitchfork’s interview request, replying that he’d prefer to read a writer’s take on Shabazz Palaces’ music rather than offer his own answers.” Among other things, Lazaro mentions he has two more albums in the works. “It’s hard to believe that most people subscribe to formulas, especially when it’s not a requirement— especially nowadays, when a lot of cats are putting their own shit out but still they feel it’s necessary, due to a certain amount of indoctrination or programming,” says Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces’ non-formulaic musical stylings. “We just have different views on all that kind of stuff. Not to say that we don’t appreciate all of those kinds of music when they’re good, but we don’t really subscribe to that kind of formulaic thing. That’s difficult to do and be successful, too, with all due respect to the pop artists. It’s not an easy thing to do. In some ways, it’s a little easier to do the way that we do it, but it just makes for a richer, more satisfying experience for us— to be the way that we are without really knocking nobody else’s hustles.” Read the full interview at the above link.

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