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I guess that's the sort of thing that keeps it exciting for us. Some tracks may start off with a drum machine or synthesizer, while another may start out with a guitar. On the last record, we did a lot of jamming when we had a warehouse space just for the purpose of making Zonoscope.
In Ghost Colours was arguably a success. But the Billboard charts probably don't reflect that. What do you think that says about the record industry today and how success is defined?
It's kind of interesting. It's hard for me to compare to other eras because I can only really comment on the one we exist in. But it seems like a huge amount of music, like the stuff Pitchfork writes about, doesn't exist in the mainstream charts but obviously has a huge following and headlines festivals without necessarily having the physical record sales to back it up.
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The opportunity to play in front of thousands of people live, I guess, gives us an indication of our popularity. But it's good to know you can have a career without having to sell a million records. We are able to live comfortably and do our thing and make more records without the pressure to sell.
You started out as a DJ, correct?
Well, I guess. I started out DJing and experimenting with making music at the same time. I've been a DJ for as long as Cut Copy has existed.
Did Cut Copy grow organically from that?
Yeah, I think so. If anything, it grew out of being fanatically obsessed with music. I wasn't obsessed in my early teens. But later on, I became passionate about it. My interest went from buying records to DJing, and I did a radio show for a while and it led to DJing at clubs.
From that point, the logical next step was trying to make music. A few years later, it went from making music to becoming a band. From the beginning, it came from being a fan of music and all types of music, really. It's celebrating all the music we like as a band. That's what Cut Copy is, a reflection of all these different types of music that we love.