Monday, November 22, 2010

Justin Vernon talks Kanye collab in Complex

[Photo: Nabil Elderkin/Complex]

As part of Complex's cover story on the making of Kanye West's just-released album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, we get a behind-the-scenes peek into the studio sessions that featured sorta-local-boy-done-good Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and local superground GAYNGS, as well as a lengthy quote from Vernon on how the Hawaii studio session came about.

[From left: Nicki Minaj, Kanye, Jeff Bhasker, and Justin Vernon. Photo: Nabil Elderkin/Complex]

Some choice quotes:

"I'm just a fuckin' lumberjack dude from Wisconsin. I'm not going to go out there and try to be this awesome rap guy."

"We heard that Kanye was gonna use our song ‘Woods’ for a sample—and then a couple of weeks later, we were hearing through his camp that he may want to come out here to Minnesota and record some stuff with me. He had a ticket booked and everything, but we had a bad snowstorm in Minneapolis so he couldn't come. He ended up calling me on the phone that day, just saying that he liked our shit and was interested in getting together...We talked for half an hour or so, and he told me to get on a plane and come out to Hawaii and work on stuff—so I got on a plane the next morning."

In related news, Star Tribune music editor Chris Riemenschneider just Facebooked that the album is "confounding/mind-blowing/game-changing," and "Suffice it to say something else just dropped off my tentative album-of-the-year list."

Via Gentry Boeckel on Facebook

Submitted by @jahnapeloquin

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