Iggy Pop opens up about discovering new music: “I feel like I’m mining for diamonds”

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Iggy also talks about her favorite new musicians

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Iggy Pop has opened up about the excitement he still feels when discovering new music.

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talking to GuardianIggy said that discovering new music “opens up my mind and the element of surprise keeps me engaged.”

Describing the process, he said: I feel like I’m mining for diamonds – and when you find a diamond, you know.


He gave an example of how he felt when listening to ‘Chase Long’ by Wet Leg: “It’s cheeky with a wicked groove, but it’s vocals – they’re almost metronomic. You can ask 100 people to sing it and it will not look the same.

He also praised musicians, including the sons of Moses Boyd and Kemet.

He explained: “If I hear someone say: ‘Things aren’t as good as they used to be,’ I tell them to listen to the Moses Boyd remix of Pace by Nubia García. This fantastically advanced contemporary There is music that touches the heart. Sons of Kemet Se Tak TeaThat comet is coming, there are so many good things about now.”

In the same article, he also described how David Bowie introduced him to new music and the excitement he felt.

He recalled: “Since my teens, I got angry when the radio played something cool and I loved it when I found something new. David Bowie introduced me to Kraftwerk. I met him and told him: “I I fall asleep listening to your music!”


“They got so quiet and thought I was pissed, but it was the most compliment I could give to anyone. Florian Schneider had such mental balls to keep those tunes when so much music ‘sells,’ Sell, sell’. He relied on people to believe, which is my philosophy.”

Last week, Iggy and Matt Sweeney shared their cover of The Velvet Underground’s “European Son.”
The reimagining is part of the upcoming tribute album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground and Nico, which is set for release on September 24.

“The Velvet Underground was rock and roll’s finest band. Iggy remains the biggest singer in pop rock and roll,” Sweeney said in a statement about working on the track.

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