Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Case Study No. 1021: Ernest "Washed Out" Greene

Washed Out Adult Swim Interview
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["A day at the lake with Washed Out" appears on screen, then cut to the musician sitting in a boat on the lake]
WASHED OUT: So you guys wanna check out the rope swing first? Or the, uh--
CAMERAMAN: [from off camera] Yeah!
WASHED OUT: Yeah, that's over here ... I'm totally not gonna go off of it, I'm gonna go ahead and put that out here.
[cut to Washed Out sitting on the pier, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: I'm Ernest Greene, and I perform as Washed Out.
[cut to footage of Washed Out driving his boat]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] Welcome to Eatonton, Georgia. Where I'm currently living, recording my next album.
[cut to another shot of Washed Out driving the boat]
WASHED OUT: Uh, a couple of the bands I've toured with lately all wanna come down and like, experience the ... uh, Georgia in all its glory.
[cut back to Washed Out on the pier, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: I kinda enjoy the isolation, where it's ... y'know, wake up in the morning, there's absolutely no distractions here. Um, and I can immediately just start working, and I'm really psyched to get started and being able to lock myself in my room and work away.
[cut back to Washed Out driving the boat]
WASHED OUT: Pretty sure it's somewhere over here. Yeah, there it is.
[he stops the boat, then cut to Washed Out using the rope swing to jump into the lake]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] I've been recording for years, just kinda under my own name, and ...
[cut back to Washed Out on the pier, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: I would rarely even share it with anyone. Um, y'know, just to listen to in my car. Y'know, I had a close group of friends that, y'know, I'd burn CDs for.
[cut to Washed Out swimming in the lake]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] I put some songs up on the internet at the beginning of July, and uh ... Yeah, just blogs and everything, just the songs got passed around really quickly. At the time, I had maybe like one or two songs up on MySpace, and this guy you know him, that has this blog in London.
[cut back to Washed Out on the pier, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: Um, that I'd actually been reading for awhile. Um, he's like, "Do you have anymore? I really wanna post some of it." And so I got frantically, like, recorded like three or four songs in a couple days and emailed it back, and that was really kinda how the EP started.
[cut back to Washed Out on the boat, as they drive past a sign reading "Duke's Dawghouse Dockside Service"]
WASHED OUT: This is Duke's Dawghouse, classic ... uh, food, beverage.
[cut to Washed Out walking up to the Duke's Dawghouse]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] Hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos. That's really about it.
[cut to another shot of Washed Out walking up to Duke's Dawghouse, as he's carrying a clapperboard in his hand]
CAMERAMAN: [from off camera] Hey Ernest, can you clap the ... hold the clapper up to Tom. Open it up, and--
[he holds up the clapperboard and opens it up]
CAMERAMAN: [from off camera] Yeah.
[he claps it shut]
[cut to Washed Out inside of Duke's Dawghouse]
WASHED OUT: Duke was actually mentioned, he wanted to, uh ... He wanted me to set up and play at some point during the summer. We'll see, I'm not sure how that will go over. But, um--
[cut to a closeup of the floor]
WASHED OUT: Yeah, this is the karaoke floor. It's kinda sad that it's Monday. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night this is completely going off.
[cut back to Washed Out driving his boat, then to him walking up to his house]
WASHED OUT: This is the studio. It's not much of a studio ... Um, we've lived her now for about three days, so we're just getting settled in.
[cut to inside the house, as he points to some cardboard boxes filled with EPs]
WASHED OUT: So here we go, the Washed Out merch section of the house.
[he laughs, then holds up one of the records]
WASHED OUT: This is, uh, the EP. It's pretty, pretty crazy. This is pretty awesome.
[he points at the woman on the album cover]
WASHED OUT: This is my wife Blair, so ... yeah.
[cut back to Washed Out on the pier, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: To me, like the easy way to kind of classify it, is like ... people making dance music that never really grew up listening to dance music or, it's kind of like a naive take on dance music.
[cut to Washed Out recording some tracks, then back to him speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: I generally will just work for hours, just throwing as many ideas as I can together, and then we'll come back later and kind of refine everything.
[cut back to Washed Out recording tracks]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] The most interesting things happen when I'm just, y'know, completely ... y'know, by accident, or trying something really new.
[cut back to Washed Out on the pier, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: I've gotten better at what I do. Y'know, it's been a year, I'm constantly working. Even when I'm on the road, I uh ... y'know, I have my laptop with me and working on my ideas. I have much better equipment now, which is probably one of the biggest things.
[cut back to Washed Out recording some tracks, then back to him speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: Definitely, y'know, I wanna keep writing better songs and keep developing the vision of what Washed Out is, but ...
[cut back to Washed Out driving his boat]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] I've never been really goal-oriented or that well about planning things. That's the funny thing about all of this, y'know.
[cut to a shot of an old bridge above the lake]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] I never really saw it coming, never really aspired to be a musician or anything.
[cut to Washed Out climbing out of the boat and making his way up towards the bridge]
WASHED OUT: [in voice over] I can remember, like, getting the shipment of the vinyl release. Um, and it was like Christmas morning or something like that. Opening it up, and it was suddenly real.
[cut back to Washed Out on the pier, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: So, uh ... Yeah, everything since then has just been, y'know, just an added bonus, I guess.
[cut to Washed Out jumping off the bridge and into the lake]
WASHED OUT: That's nice!
[cut back to Washed Out in his home, speaking directly to the camera]
WASHED OUT: Alright, Adult Swim. Thanks for coming out, it's been a fun day. No one was injured while shooting this, so thanks a lot.
[he waves to the camera]
WASHED OUT: See you guys.
["Adult Swim" appears on screen]


From adultswim.com:

Adult Swim spent the day with Washed Out at his home in Eatonton, GA. It was 110 degrees and so we thought getting out on the lake would be the best thing to do. We had fun hanging out and enjoying Ernest's hospitality, and watching him make music. We hope you do too. Adult Swim Singles Program Sponsored by the Kia Soul. Watch more Promos on adultswim.com


From wikipedia.org:

Ernest Greene (born 1983), better known by his stage name Washed Out, is an American electronic musician.

Washed Out was born Ernest Greene in 1983 in Perry, Georgia. After earning an undergraduate degree from the The University of Georgia, Greene obtained a Master of Library and Information Science degree but was unable to find a job as a librarian. Greene moved back in with his parents and started producing songs in his bedroom studio. And he worked with a local band "Bedroom" on recordings of dance music. He soon won the favor of a number of influential music bloggers after they found his music on his Myspace page. His first recordings have been described as "drowsy, distorted, dance pop-influenced tracks that brought to mind Neon Indian and Memory Cassette".

Washed Out's style has been identified with the chillwave movement. He has said hip hop influences the way he writes songs. The first two Washed Out EPs were released in August and September 2009. Washed Out made his debut New York City performance (his second live show ever) at Santos Party House. He has since performed at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival and his song "Feel it All Around" is featured in the opening sequence of the TV series Portlandia.


From lawrence.com:

People say it frequently. It seems a little too easy - a cutesy quip made by music journalists to play on the zeitgeisty alt subgenre he became a poster boy for, after his songs were picked up from Myspace and he was catapulted to doing shows reviewed by the New York Times.

But then you talk to him for a bit. And you realize that, actually, Ernest Greene seems really chill.

As Washed Out, Greene went from unemployed librarian to nationally-known musician in the span of a few months as the Internet sensation of an internet ilk - the chillwave buzz that took over the iPods of "hipsters" around 2009.

Greene, 29, signed with Sub Pop Records and released his (so far) only full-length album, "Within and Without," in 2011 and hit the tour scene. He's grown quite a bit since playing his first-ever live show in front of about 1,000 people in New York and is recording again - but this time not in his parents' basement.

Greene talked to Lawrence.com ahead of his Aug. 6 show at the Granada with his trademark laissez-faire approach and a fair share of "chill" southern drawl. He's looking forward to Kansas, he says, because there aren't many states left that he hasn't played.

He's from Perry, Ga., ("a refreshing oasis for travelers," according to its website) and got a master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina. Librarian jobs were probably even sparser than they are three years since, and Greene made the trek back home, where the dreamy, nostalgic, unintelligible-but-somehow-warm bedroom stylings of Washed Out was born.

Near-constant touring since has been tough, he says, because "the hardest thing about touring is that there's very little time to think about and write new music." And touring an oeuvre of fuzzy, lo-fi electronica has challenges in itself.

"The music can be very subtle and laid back, and sometimes that's not the best approach," he says. "So that's part of the biggest progression for Washed Out - the live show has taken on such a big part of the tour."

His wife, Blair, joined him on stage, following his example of baptism by fire in her first live show in front of about 5,000 people.

"She's been thrown in with the wolves really quickly," Greene says, deadpan. It's not the best way to learn, he says, but it's a way.

About that meteoric rise.

Greene is acutely self-aware of his love-hate relationship with all things interwebs. On one hand, he's not a social-media user, preferring to keep necessary communications to reps and managers.

"I'm a pretty introverted person," he says. "But it's also partly a conscious effort to not put too much out there - I love the idea of a little mystery behind the band, but that's not really being done these days with press cycles and 24/7 updates of what's happening."

But without the churning cycles, the discovery of Washed Out via Myspace - and the ensuing blog-fueled lovefest - wouldn't have happened for him or for his chillwave brethren.

"I've been making this kind of electronic, hip-hop-influenced style of music for years and years and it just happened to become kind of in vogue at the time I started to put it out as Washed Out," he says. "In the past five years or so, recording technology has gotten good enough and widely available enough to allow people like me, who don't have a lot access, to make pretty-well-recorded records - I think that has a lot to do with it. And the social media stuff was really taking off (in 2009) and it started shaping the way people were distributing and finding new music. I guess I was in the right place at the right time."

So he lives in the precipice between loving (and owing) the wired world and wanting not to be constantly plugged in. He's aware, too, of his label as a hipster icon, but he straddles that, too.

"Sitting down, writing songs, I'm not thinking about for whom or where it's going to make sense being played; it's just the way I've always written songs - a combination of so many genres - some very non-hipster genres."

Should things not work out for his music career, there is always librarianship.

"I certainly wouldn't be crushed," he says of the fallback, should he "not get away with" doing more music. "It's really laid-back, so that works for me."

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