Trio discuss tonight’s landmark performance
Beastie Boys are gearing up for their first ever Brooklyn show, taking place at McCarren Pool in Greenpoint tonight.
This afternoon, the band said that although they may have played Brooklyn as individuals in previous music projects, the Beastie Boys never played the borough, even in the early days
“The clubs didn’t really have hip-hop functions in Brooklyn back then, probably because they would end badly” said Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch.
Yauch, Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz spoke about the show and the band’s recent spate of ‘gala’ events during which they perform material from their instrumental album ‘The Mix-Up’.
Speaking at Soho House in New York, the trio dressed in suits and sunglasses revealed they consciously decided to dress smartly when recording ‘The Mix-Up’.
“When we recorded the record we decided we were going to start wearing suits to the studio” MCA said.
“But” continued Mike D “We didn’t record so much during the summer, we took the summer off so we didn’t really have to wear suits to the studio during the hot weather.”
MCA also discussed his film project entitled ‘Of Toys And Kings’ which is on ice after he failed to raise the initial funds to make the movie .
“It was a film about graffiti writers in the early eighties, and I was working n it and to be totally honest I was having trouble raising the money to do because I was trying to do it without any famous people. It was an expensive project and it’s not a very good equation to try to have five million dollar budget and no movie stars, so I put it down for a while.
The band also discussed the recent trend of playing an album live in its entirety, as per Sonic Youth and Slint, joking that they would cover someone else’s with MCA suggesting Feetwood Mac’s ‘Rumors’.
“It’s ambitious but ‘Thriller’, just start there, the world’s biggest album” said Ad-Rock “And Dr Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ would be good.’
The band also talked about how they are at the mercy of Mixmaster Mike during their live show, when even they don’t know what’s coming
“The rule with him is that we say just play the song that’s our part of the song from our record and go from there” said Mike D “Part of what keeps it fun for us, all our songs are basically like a different remix every night that Mike does, some of the beats we know, some of them we don’t know and we don’t know when they’re going to drop exactly.”
“He definitely keeps you on your toes because when some other beat comes in you gotta figure out how to make it work” concedes MCA.
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Beastie Boys play McCarren Pool tonight (August 9).
–By our New York staff.