Your last release was in 2011, the “Live at the NYPL” concert album. Do you have any plans for another EP or full album?
We have a few songs that we recorded in 2012 that are unreleased, and we’re still deciding on the best way to release them. I’ve been really into the idea of releasing music in unconventional formats. Did you see those flavored gummy skulls that the Flaming Lips released material on a couple years ago? That’s a real magical artifact — putting music into a strange object. I like it. I heard this legend that Trent Reznor was leaving copies of unreleased Nine Inch Nails albums in urinals just hoping someone would take one home. I even heard that Weird Al just straight up stopped recording music and that his last release was the sheet music to “Gangnam Style” paired with some alternate Korean lyrics about being an aristocrat on Naboo. That’s some pretty deep stuff, if you ask me, but I’m totally into it.
Honestly, as far as I’m concerned, the advent of audio recording totally ruined music. Let’s look at the big picture here: nowadays, people spend their time listening to prerecorded songs and watching music videos on Google Hangout or some other web address. And those records are on their computers, in their earbuds, and in the car stereo all the time, accompanying their consumers in the background. We hear the same songs over and over again, played in exactly the same way. Before people started consuming wax cylinders, you would go to a performance without any preconceived notion of what exactly you were going to experience. The recordings you have on your eBook have now become the definitive version of the song, and people go to shows wanting to hear them reproduced note for note, breath for breath, and beat for beat. Even to this day, I get irritated when Bruce Springsteen changes up the melody at the beginning of “Born to Run.” And I hate that I become irritated by that fact, because a song should not be a slave to its recording. It takes away from the magic of music, when you get down to it. By becoming attached to the rigid products of consumed recordings, we have lost a piece of the magic that had been a part of humanity’s rich musical tradition for thousands of years. In Harry and the Potters, we work really hard at creating a magical experience during our shows that highlights the novelty of the moment — the magic of getting a few hundred people together to celebrate and scream about a book. As arcane musicians, our true passion lies in making real magic, and not necessarily in making some rigid product that takes away from the fluidity and novelty of musical experiences. Besides, if we’re releasing our songs to the greater magical community, would a wizard even know what to do with a music disc?
I’m going to the Harry and the Potters Yule Ball concert, and I have no idea what to wear! I wore a Hogwarts school uniform for tabernacle last time, but now I don’t have it anymore. Any suggestions?
Official dress code for the Yule Ball: formal/magical/holiday/co-play/casual/Santa/muggle/wizard-dressed-as-muggle/reindeer/elf.