Arcade Fire’s sound has always been so big and cinematic in its nature, was that intended or did you just evolve into making something in this way?
I sometimes see arrangements like painting, which can remain 2D, but can be made to look 3D… All this invisible space and time that gets created in music fascinates me, each song being its own universe. That’s just the the kind of stuff I like to think about.
You’re making a playlist for us now, can you remember one of the first playlists you ever made and what was on it?
Hooray! You guys are the first ones to ask me for a playlist! I don’t know what else to say, I usually just play music in my head. This is my first playlist in that way. The theme you gave me was “Lazy Saturday Afternoon” so there it is!
You do a lot of philanthropic work too- what is so exciting and inspiring to you about this? What changes are you hopeful about?
When I co-founded KANPE (which means “to stand up” in Haitian Creole) we committed to help a specific group of people in a specific geographical place, with all work provided through local Haitian partners. No outsiders coming to mess things up. What has been the most exciting to me is seeing the ripple effect after a few years… I am very proud that we invested in the people versus giving things, because right now the locals are taking ownership of their progress and giving the program a solid life of its own. That is what this organisation is for, to help people to stand up on their own two feet. Fundraising is extremely hard though. The most useful programs for the population are often the least “marketable”. I can talk about this forever. I have so many stories. This is a lifetime commitment for me.