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Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg on success, relationships and the creative process

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

LA based rockers Warpaint have recently wrapped up a UK tour in support of their second album "Warpaint" and The Rock Fairy recently caught up with bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg for a little insight into their world...

I was at your show at Leeds earlier this year and the crowd response was amazing. There were people crowd surfing and all sorts and it certainly appeared that you noticed the crowd were appreciative of your performance. Do things like that {crowd surfing etc} fuel you whilst you’re on stage? How does it make you feel?

It’s always such a pleasure playing for an excited audience. Our energy comes from their energy mostly, we feed off one another. It’s a mutual exchange. We bring it when they bring it.

The setlist for Wednesday was varied and great to hear a good balance of new and older material. How do you choose the setlist for your shows and does it get harder to choose the more material you create?

It does get a little difficult the more the material however, we like to change it up quite a bit, so I think that works in our favour. Once we get bored, swap em' out!

How do you choose the placement of songs, especially the crowd pleasers like Elephants?

I think the main goal is fluidity. We like to spread the crowd pleasers all throughout… but usually they end up at the end!

Your band "anniversary" happened recently. How did you celebrate 10 years of Warpaint and do you have another "anniversary" to celebrate Stella joining the band? I’ve heard you say that that’s when the band felt fully complete.

We celebrate Thanksgiving as our anniversary with Stella and for our ten year anniversary we were in Hong Kong playing a show, had a toast and that was it really!

With that in mind, how different was the creative/recording process for "Warpaint" in comparison with "The Fool" and "Exquisite Corpse"?

I think this time around we were more than ready to record. Also as a band we have matured and evolved as people, our relationships have thickened, and I think that made this whole process a lot smoother, and deeper.

You have worked with people you were in relationships with, notably John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer. Does working with someone you’re in a relationship with change how you approach the creative process and would you ever do it again?

It most definitely does, and depending on how close you are with that person, it will make or break the experience. Trust needs to be greatly enforced when working with anyone on that level. I wasn't as open and free when I was with Josh, so I think that was a hindrance when it came to making music together. Currently I am doing many things with my husband and it really is the most liberating thing, being able to also create art amongst other things with your loved one. It really seals the deal.

Being an all female band, have you ever felt pressure to be more overtly sexual in your appearance as this is something that often happens in the music industry?

Nah. As I have said before, sex is in the music not in the performance or the clothes. The music.

You have been around for a good few years now and I can imagine you’ve managed to cross a fair few things off your bucket list as a band. What has been your proudest moment so far and what have you got your sights set on to achieve in the future?

Coming in at number 6 in the UK was a huge accomplishment, and quite unexpected. It never ceases to amaze me what an incredible fan base we have. To see them go wild at our show, it never gets old. I am constantly feeling so proud, proud of us for working our arses off, and for taking our time. Being patient, and being certain of what we want.

I work with a lot of unsigned and independent bands who often talk about "making it". What would you regard as "making it"?

Happiness, joy. There is so much fun to be had in music. If that’s not happening, then I don't think you've made it. Oh and not having to work any other job. When music has become your bread and butter, and you are enjoying yourself then you’ve got success!

What advice would you give to bands just starting out?

I think the last one answers this one!


Warpaint's self titled album is out now

Interview:  The Rock Fairy

Categories: INTERVIEWS

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