Julian Casablancas Thinks Ed Sheeran is Successful Because of Cultural Brainwashing

-Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas recently did an interview with Vulture where he quotes his favourite philosophers, talks about the evils of capitalism and living in an illusion of democracy, and acts like a hipster who thinks his taste in music is superior to yours because you've been culturally brainwashed:

-On the internet: "I thought the internet would help balance the relationship between quality and the mainstream, but it’s gone the opposite way. Quality is being sucked out of music. One Direction will have 4 billion views and the best artists of today will only see a fraction of that attention. I’ve talked about this before, but there’s an exact parallel between music and politics."

-On The Oscars vs The Grammys: "The Oscars obviously have blind spots, but with movies it’s generally the authentic artistic endeavors that get recognized. But when you look at what gets nominated for a Grammy? I don’t understand what the hell it’s all about. "

-On the state of music today: "Today someone like Ariel Pink is relatively unknown. In another era he would’ve been much more popular." (lol if you ignore the fact that he's a piece of shit that called Grimes the r* word and has been accused of sexual assault. Sure, Julian. It's the people and their tastes that are wrong. He then goes on to compare Ariel Pink to DAVID FUCKING BOWIE so...).

-On Ed Sheeran's success being the result of what he calls "cultural brainwashing": "Because if you grew up in a world where Ariel Pink was popular then you would say “I don’t see how Ed Sheeran can be popular.” People grow up with norms knocked into their heads. And I’m not trying to diss Ed Sheeran or any pop star. Ed Sheeran seems like a nice, cool guy and I have nothing against his music. Let him sell a billion records. I’m just saying I don’t understand why there can’t be a world where Ed Sheeran gets 60 percent of the attention and Ariel Pink gets 40 percent. Now it’s almost like Ed Sheeran gets 99.5 percent of it. The creative bands have been pushed so far into the margins. But my bigger point is that whether it’s music or politics, right now we’re mired in whoever’s propaganda is loudest. I’m sorry — I’m not good at explaining things."

-When the interviewer calls him out on the fact that he seems to be basing the validity of artists on nothing more than his own taste in music, Casablancas says: "I’ve dedicated my life to analyzing this stuff. It comes from a belief that I developed when I was 15 years old — probably from my stepdad — that art is not subjective. I believe art is objective, and that time is the truth-teller of quality. If you could time travel 30 years into the future, tell me who is going to be more popular: Ed Sheeran or Ariel Pink?" When the interviewer says he doesn't know, Julian tells him to, "let go of your conditioning".

He then goes on to compare himself to Natalie Portman and how she did both Annihilation and Thor and basically says he does The Voidz to be creative and The Strokes is basically a way for him to make money. Read the full interview at the source to see him give Quincy Jones a run for his money for one of the weirdest interviews of 2018.

Are you brainwashed, ONTD?
Source: Vulture on Twitter