Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox: ‘I’m a very selfish and difficult person’

Artist also has his say on fatherhood and Taylor Swift

Bradford Cox has joked that he decided to be gay in order to avoid having children who listen to Taylor Swift, in a fiery interview with The Observer.

The notoriously tough-on-interviewers Deerhunter frontman was in memorably obtuse form for the interview, described by the author as “totally batshit”.

“I’m a very…selfish and difficult person,” Cox says. “When I feel like doing [a project] I’ll just do that. Whatever I do now is just whatever I feel like doing. Because I’m old! I’m not young anymore and I don’t owe anybody anything. All my debts are paid.”


He also rounds on the concept of music being a power for good:

“That’s a very bourgeois concept, you know. I’m attacking the concept [of], ‘oh, I play music and that helps people.'”


Cox’s most cutting moment comes in the opening lines, with his quip about Taylor Swift. In answer to a question about his music changing over the last decade, he says his ten-year-old tracks are old enough to buy Taylor Swift’s music, before adding:

“That’s why I decided to be gay, so I never have kids that love Taylor Swift.”

Deerhunter’s latest ‘Fading Frontier’s is due on Friday (October 16) on 4AD, and will mark their seventh studio album.

The ‘Fading Frontier’ tracklisting is:


‘All The Same’
‘Living My Life’
‘Duplex Planet’
‘Take Care’
‘Leather and Wood’
‘Ad Astra’

Deerhunter will follow the release by playing the following UK and Ireland dates:

Brighton, All Saints Church (October 30)
Liverpool, Liverpool Music Week (31)
Dublin, Button Factory D (November 1)
Glasgow, SWG3 (3)
Leeds, Brudenell (4)
Manchester, Gorilla (6)
London, Shepherds Bush Empire (7)