KH: You’ve directed several music and fashion videos, in addition to The Spider Lady. What was your entry into directing?
PL: I’m not a professional director [or] filmmaker and there’s something really fun about being an amateur in something, where I have very little expectation on the outcome so every time I see something, I’m really excited and I don’t judge myself. I’ve had this one Super 8 camera since I was 15 years old and every time I look through that viewfinder I go into this other world and it’s a world that’s continued since I was a kid. It’s just very playful.
KH: What’s the story of meeting The Space Lady—one of the musicians on your play list?
PL: [About] four years ago, I was walking down Venice Boulevard with my friend Henry; and I see her [on the street] with her hat and her Casio with her amp, and there was basically no one else. It was just the two of us in front of her. As she’s playing, this policeman comes up to her and goes, Do you have a permit? And she [says], No, this is just what I do. The policeman [tells her], You gotta go. So she’s packing up all her stuff and I say, Hey can we make this up to you? Can I book a show for you? [She agrees] and I say, bring all your records because you’ll sell out. And she sold out of every record. She’s just the sweetest woman on the planet; I just love her so much. I still to this day try and turn people on to her music because not one single person ever goes, Oh I don’t like that. No one.
KH: Could you tell us a little bit about your neighborhood cat?
PL: My neighbor’s cat is a black cat named Blue. I always wanted to have animals but I can’t because I tour too much. So, having a neighborhood cat or birds that come around, little squirrels, I love them. This cat really likes hanging out at my house. I fed it one time right when I moved in, just to say Hi—my little housewarming with the cat. We basically shared a plate of sardines together. I went outside with crackers and sardines and we both kind of hung out and ate it. I don’t think he ever forgot about it because he does come around. I love Blue.