Musician discussed the burden of having famous parents in new interview
Sean Lennon has discussed in a new interview what it’s like to live in the shadow of famous parents.
Lennon, who is co-producing the next Fat White Family album as well as working with the group’s side-project Moonlandingz, has said that the “unrealistic positive or negative expectations of me, with regards to my being descended from a Beatle” remains the same despite varied efforts and collaborations in his career thus far.
“I feel like no matter what I do, there’s always going to be that element, and I kind of have to accept it and just do things anyway,” Lennon added.
He continued: “People have said, Why don’t you just do things under a pseudonym and then see what people’s true reaction would be?’ I always felt like doing that, though, would be sort of disrespectful to my dad and my family and myself. It’s like, oh, well, I can’t be proud of who I am? I didn’t want to hide.”
Lennon also stated that he’s as “committed to making music and art” as his mother Ono, who recently teamed up with Death Cab For Cutie and Tune-Yards for new album ‘Yes, I’m A Witch Too’.
“The only reason I’m interested in art and music at all is because of my parents. Respect for them is at the heart of everything I do. It defines me. I consider myself a momma’s boy, a poppa’s boy – I sort of hero-worshipped them as a child, then went to work making music on my own,” he said.
“I’ve made a decent living doing commercial work. I’ve done film scores, jingles for companies … It’s hard for me to sort of define myself. I just do my thing. I run a label, make music, I’m directing this documentary. I try to let my work speak for itself.”
Speaking about his father’s work, Lennon said: “Generally, I’ll say that my favourite period of the Beatles is that period starting with ‘Revolver’ – when they were really pushing the limits of progressive songwriting.”