"Artists hold a unique place in society in that they are held in high esteem because they are distributors of comfort and joy and relief. The job is really essential, but the role of a musician is changing. It isn’t the glamor draw that it used to be, and if you want to make audacious work, you are risking not being able to pay your rent, and that’s OK. But there are people who don’t have to worry about paying their rent who still make music that sounds like they’re trying to pay the rent rather than taking on the possibilities of what they could achieve. In reality, it’s become a similar life choice to be in the arts and to make music as it is to be a politician or banker at this point."
Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe (via pitchfork)