Matt Crossick, Empics/PA Laura Marling wasn't exactly over the moon when she…
- Posted on Nov 4th 2011 4:00PM by Theo Spielberg
Yesterday you conducted what you call one of your "experiments in awkwardness." What exactly are those?
Well, originally we started doing it for the U.K. festivals because I find the concept of festivals really bizarre. It's meant to be like a community feel but they're always so massive that it never feels like that. So we found little spaces in festivals and told people I was going to be there but didn't tell them why. So the first 20 people to stand up, we'd pair them off with strangers. The idea was that they'd be led into a room and not be told anything about what they were doing there. It would hopefully make them feel a certain way, maybe awkward or maybe they'd get on. Then I would walk in and play a song without saying anything. I eventually started saying, "This is just to see how you feel about being taken out of a crowd" because people were like, "I just don't know what I'm doing here." So I'd play a song and I'd leave. Then afterwards we'd get people to write down what they thought and what they felt.
Are you going to compile them?
Yeah it's so weird. We're going to publish it like an experiment.
What's the best reaction you've ever gotten during one of those?
Well, two people hooked up.
While you were playing the song?
No, [laughs] but afterwards. That was good. That was kind of a nice reaction to it. Some people really didn't like it. Nobody was mean, but some were like, "I just thought that was really weird. I didn't really get it." Which is fair enough. It is really weird.