In preparation for the Pixies performance at Beale Street Music Festival this weekend, I had the opportunity to interview David Lovering, drummer for the Pixies.
A: What inspires you these days?
D: There were plenty of things early on but as I get older, I don’t know what it is, I don’t get inspired much anymore. What I enjoy the most is playing drums and I feel very fortunate to do what I’m doing.
A: Who are you listening to right now? What band has grabbed your attention recently?
D: Royal Blood opened for us recently and they’re fantastic on stage. You should check them out.
A: What’s the dynamic of the band like now since your hiatus?
D: They say as you get older you get wiser, but what I think it is that you let stuff fly past you and you want to make things more comfortable for yourself. We are very thankful to still have an audience and play shows. It’s a great thing to look back on and be thankful for.
A: You guys were young when you started, how are things now touring?
D: When we do festivals now (like BSMF), they have jumbotrons now and I have to pay attention to that. Otherwise everything is the same, but now everyone has cell phones instead of lighters.
A: How was your career as a magician?
D: I had a lot of free time and my friend Grant Phillips told me there was a magic convention in LA in 2004 and I saw a script there that blew me away. I lived and breathed magic (I sleep with a deck of cards.) It was a wonderful experience. My show has fallen by the wayside and now I’m a father of 2 boys..and the Pixies pays more. Its now the dying magician instead of the starving musician.
A: How do you like Memphis?
D: I like it. There’s plenty of places to drink and eat of course.
A: What would you tell a new musician about getting started in this new digital world?
D: I think it’s the same today as it was back then. All you need to do is get out there and play. Playing and playing gets you noticed. You’ve got to have good songs. The Pixies had some great songs and thats how they got noticed. All the other things can fall by the wayside. Practice and write good songs. There’s no magic formula. Be different and play alot.
A: What else do you wanna tell Memphis?
D: On this tour we’ve been rehearsing a few new songs and we may try them out, so we hope you enjoy them!