The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas: ‘I want to make weird music’ – video

Frontman tells NME Radio he wants to get experimental after pop solo album

The StrokesJulian Casablancas has said that, following the release of his poppy solo album ‘Phrazes For The Young’, he wants to make “weird” music in the future.

The frontman told NME Radio‘s Jon Hillcock this morning (December 22) that, although he wasn’t sure if he’d like to make more experimental music solo or with The Strokes, it was definitely an avenue he wanted to explore.

“It’s definitely a place I would like to go, musically,” he said. “Not electronic… you can do weird with guitars too. This [‘Phrazes For The Young’] record was kind of something I needed to get out of my system, almost.”


He also spoke about how he found it difficult to write music on tour.

“It’s a real bummer,” he said. “The touring I don’t mind, I don’t mind the travelling, it’s great, I’ll take it. Somehow there’s this weird energy you need when you work on music… it always makes you want to pick up a guitar. It’s a slight edge you just lose when you pick up the remote control [on tour in a hotel room].”

The interview was broadcast on NME Radio as it went live nationwide on DAB radio this morning (December 22) .

To tune in, head to Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727, DAB nationwide or NME.COM/radio.

Meanwhile watch below to see Casablancas performing his festive single ‘I Wish It Was Christmas Today’ on US TV with its writers, comedians Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz, plus The Roots. Plus read about Julian Casablancas’ favourite Christmas songs on the NME.COM bands blog now.