Loud And Quiet magazine, Issue #41 (Bat For Lashes cover)
Published in London, on 19 August, 2012





B E G I N N I N G

LEFTOVERS




keel her > > > r. stevie moore

LAST MONTH WE INTERVIEWED KEEL HER
SHE LEFT THESE QUERIES BEHIND FOR R. STEVIE MOORE

After almost 40 years of relative obscurity, and having
recorded more songs than even he can remember, 60-year-
old R. Stevie Moore - the godfather of home recording - is
enjoying quite the resurgence. Last month he (or rather Tim
Burgess) managed to edit his hoard of AM radio pop songs
down to a "Kind of Best Of", as its title noted, released via
Burgess' OGenesis label.
. . Moore's legacy really lies in those he's inspired, and
there's been many, although none more prevalent than
champion Ariel Pink. Keel Her (Rose Keeler-Schaffeler, by
birth) is hot on Pink's prolific trail, though, writing and
uploading a song a day, including a couple of collaborations
with Moore himself. She left these questions behind for her
partner in lo-fi when we chatted with her last month.

Keel Her: Do you consider your father an inspiration?
R. Stevie Moore: "Yes, very much so! No, not at all! I apparently inherited deep-rooted musical genes from him, that's indisputable. His quick detailed ear for detail & instant recognition, his knack for clever arrangement, his keen bass playing foundations - those ALL have been automatically shared within his oldest son since birth. Nevertheless, what we did NOT share were my extremely liberal music views; he was straight & narrow & all about discipline, and me growing up in the surreal rocksixties made me wild and forever wreaking havoc with convention. Additionally, he never supported my own musical destiny. Zero encouragement, sadly. So, the answer would be I DON'T KNOW."

KH: Did you ever show your parents your recordings and if so what did they think of them?
RSM: "See above. Parents duh. Never appealed to me. Never that fully realized with any crucial pride for their prodigy son. I HAVE NO IDEA."

KH: Are you a mod or a rocker?
RSM: "Half and half, precisely 49.9 + 50.1. If you wanna investigate further, make an appointment. Deposit required. COMPLETELY UNSURE."

KH: What is the name of first song you ever recorded and is it available to hear publicly?
RSM: "You'll hafta be much more specific with that one, kid. You mean the first song recorded that I wrote? I will sit here and wait for further instructions before proceeding, if that's ok with L&Q. (3 days pass.) And we're back!! OK. Well then, the first actual song I ever recorded was possibly singing "A Paper Of Pins" by the Four Lads from the movie Bus Stop, which was captured to tape recorder circa 1957. The first original song I ever recorded might be "Ill (Worst)" from 1968. And yes, both of these audio answers are freely available to hear and purchase. I'M MAKING ALL THIS SHIT UP."

KH: 'Genius, recluse, DIY legend'. Do you agree? Do/did you consider yourself a recluse? Is it daunting to hear people call you a genius?
RSM: "Why would I not agree with these silly nametags? I exist as whatever you think I am, not what is genuinely true. As with all current culture. Dude, I go way beyond mere genius, yet I cannot define 'daunting.' I AM A LIARBIRD."

KH: There are many 'new' bands that list you as an influence, are there any new bands or musicians that you are into?
RSM: "No. I fucking hate new bands, they are an incurable disease. Madonnatheband.com ruined rock 'n roll. Menstrual blood on the dance floor. HAVE A NICE DAY."

KH: Do you have any pre/post gig rituals?
RSM: "Ah, that's simple. Wino pothead. I WILL NOT PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS."

KH: Do you have any regrets about dropping out of college or are you a true punk?
RSM: "WHATEVS!"

KH: How do you describe your music to people?
RSM: "I try not to. Who would dare attempt? ENGLISH ONLY."

KH: You met Daniel Johnston earlier this year, how was that? Were you a fan of his and vice versa or just strangers?
RSM: "I don't seem to recall this name. While I Google him (her?), please take a moment to shine my shoes. Oh! Him! Well, come now. Guffaw. I am criminally underrated and he is criminally overrated. Shall we two share, to make more equality? Half empty, half full. Guess which one is me. IGNORANCE IS BLISS."

KH: How do you feel about ~ T H E I N T E R N E T ~?
RSM: "It's alright. Does it work yet? CLUELESS WHAT YOU WANT ME TO SAY."

KH: Is there anything else you hold as close to your heart as music?
RSM: "Sleep. I THINK I DECIDE TO STOP BREATHING RIGHT ABOUT HERE."

KH: Tell me about one of your best live experiences
RSM: "Of me? HASN'T HAPPENED YET. I WILL LIKELY BE GREAT."

KH: What do you do when you're at home?
RSM: "Stare into the mirror. DRINKING WINDEX."

KH: I know you still release on vinyl, but rarely listen to your records as opposed to on the computer - is there a reason why you release on this format or would you rather everything was on CD/file?
RSM: "WHAT R YOU TALKING ABOUT??"

KH: Do you believe in life on other planets?
RSM: "In tears by now. Right, that's it. Call me an ambulance. YOU'RE AN AMBULANCE."

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