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The King of Tragicomedy: An Interview With Alex Cameron

The inimitable singer-songwriter discusses his work and the art that changed his life. Listen on the Culture Creature podcast

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Australian singer and songwriter Alex Cameron is a natural storyteller. He’s also one of the most original voices in music today. You’ll hear Alex discuss the broken characters on his stellar 2017 LP Forced Witness, his collaboration with The Killers, and much more.

Culture Creature is the podcast where your favorite creative people share their stories and discuss the music, movies and art that changed their lives. On today’s episode, Alex and host Dan Redding cover topics including ‘The Sopranos,’ AC/DC, Andy Kaufman, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, and Francisco Goya. Listen now.

Alex Cameron Interview Highlights

Alex Cameron on truth in storytelling: “As an artist, I’m not trying to make people feel anything except that what they’re hearing is true, and effective, and good. I want to be a songwriter and a storyteller; not a manipulator of emotions or anything like that.”

Alex Cameron on his songwriting process: “It’s very conversational. It’s often as simple as that. Often it’s me just conjuring a conversation in my mind, a dialogue between two people. It’s very pensive and contemplative, sort of just waiting for a line. I hear someone say something or I imagine someone saying something, and it becomes like a dialogue. If you listen to my songs, most of it is just a dialogue or a monologue. How people talk – or how people would interact with one another – often becomes how a song goes down. … It’s much more effective for me to embody the person so that I can finish writing the song, emotionally and melodically. There’s a lot more at stake when I put my voice into it. Or when I let them sort of embody me for a moment, these characters.”

Listen to the complete Alex Cameron interview on this episode of the Culture Creature podcast now. You can also listen to our interviews with members of Neon Indian and Tame Impala, or see all podcast episodes.

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