WBEZ | Music Interviews http://www.wbez.org/tags/music-interviews Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Grooving to some of CAVE's 'Neverendless' jams http://www.wbez.org/content/grooving-some-caves-neverendless-jams <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-14/Cave band.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30511193?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> CAVE perform "WUJ"</p><p>The rhythmic orchestration of the rock band <a href="http://www.myspace.com/realreelpro" target="_blank">Cave</a> typically unwinds slowly but steadily over lengthy songs. They are often called "roller-rinkin’ rock for the next generation."</p><p>Confused about what that phrase means? The band sat down with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to explain what exactly roller-rinkin' rock is and why they are not your typical jammers. Cave also performed their songs "WUJ" and "Party Legs" in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio. The band will play at Hideout this Saturday on Chicago's North Side.</p></p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/grooving-some-caves-neverendless-jams 'Godfather Of Go-Go' Celebrates 75th Birthday http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-26/godfather-go-go-celebrates-75th-birthday-91109 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/2011.08.26-chuckbrown-alone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you've visited Washington, D.C. or are from the area, you may have heard its signature musical style: Go-Go.</p><p>The "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown, describes the sound as funk mixed with African and Latin percussions.</p><p>Brown will be honored by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) as part of the <a href="http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=NLLAB">"Legends Of Washington Music,"</a> a Labor Day concert. The NSO is also paying tribute to other legendary Washington musicians John Philip Sousa and Duke Ellington.</p><p>In a conversation with <em>Tell Me More </em>host Michel Martin, Brown says he jumped up and down when he learned about the tribute.</p><p>"I really appreciate it. I never dreamed anything like that," he says.</p><p>In that same discussion, Steven Reineke, the NSO Principal Pops Conductor, says the diversity of the music featured in the concert ties well together. He and his staff have also commissioned medleys that include Brown's hits "Bustin' Loose" and "Run Joe." Those performances will feature several horns and string instruments.</p><p>"These new arrangements are just going to fill out and enhance everything that's already there," says Reineke.</p><p><strong>Another Kind of Celebration </strong></p><p>Chuck Brown is also continuing to celebrate his 75<sup>th</sup> birthday, which officially happened on August 22<sup>nd</sup>. He says turning 75 is a wonderful feeling, especially since he didn't think he'd make it this far.</p><p>What helped him get here?</p><p>God, his fans, the band and family, he says. Brown adds that his kids have taught him the most of what he has learned in his lifetime.</p><p>And he shares this wisdom: "I suggest everybody stay focused. Whatever you're doing — big or small — do it well. That way, everybody can stand tall." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1314381157?&gn=%27Godfather+Of+Go-Go%27+Celebrates+75th+Birthday&ev=event2&ch=1105&h1=Music+Interviews,Around+the+Nation,Pop+Culture,Arts+%26+Life,U.S.&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=139969322&c7=1105&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1105&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110826&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=46&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-26/godfather-go-go-celebrates-75th-birthday-91109 'New Hero' Of Classical Guitar Shares His Passion http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-30/new-hero-classical-guitar-shares-his-passion-88567 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/2011_06_30-milos1_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Classical guitar is getting renewed interest thanks to Milos Karadaglich and his debut album "Mediterraneo."</p><p>A newcomer at age 28, he knew early on that he had a good ear for music. He was eight years old when his father brought him to the music school in his home country of Montenegro and told to choose which instrument he wanted to play. His teachers suggested the violin or piano.</p><p>"Piano was too expensive and violin was too hard for my parents to listen to because when a child is learning to play the violin it is quite painful on the ears, you know," Karadaglich says with laughter in an interview with <em>Tell Me More</em> host Michel Martin.</p><p>Karadaglich remembered his father kept an old rusty guitar with missing strings atop a cupboard in the bedroom. He asked his dad to bring it down.</p><p>"As soon as I held it, to me it was beautiful and I felt that, yes, this is what I want to play," Karadaglich explains. "This is cool. I want to be a rock star, I want to have lots of girlfriends, I want to have fun, you know, it is what a little boy thinks of the guitar."</p><p>It also meant countless hours of practice that paid off for him. Karadaglich was a teenager when he first heard of London's Royal Academy of Music, one of the most prominent music schools in the world. Determined to get accepted, he chose five of his best pieces, videotaped himself performing them, and sent the tape to the school. After two month of not receiving a response, he could not wait any longer and he called the admissions office.</p><p>He got accepted.</p><p>Today, Karadaglich is the winner of the Ivor Mairants Award (2001) and the Juliam Bream Prize (2005). Despite those achievements though he says the real world of classical music was hard to break into.</p><p>"At one point, classical guitar went out of fashion because people wanted louder and bigger and be rock stars. But I also believe that there is a space for the intimate and delicate instrument that is classical guitar," he says.</p><p>His debut album "Mediterraneo" was released in the United States on June 21. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1309449483?&gn=%27New+Hero%27+Of+Classical+Guitar+Shares+His+Passion&ev=event2&ch=1105&h1=Music+Interviews,Pop+Culture,Performing+Arts,Interviews,Arts+%26+Life,World&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=137524401&c7=1105&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1105&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110630&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=46&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-30/new-hero-classical-guitar-shares-his-passion-88567 Remembering Hazel Dickens: A Feminist Bluegrass Voice http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-04-25/remembering-hazel-dickens-feminist-bluegrass-voice-85676 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-26/gettyimages_86105925.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Folksinger Hazel Dickens, a pioneer for women in bluegrass who influenced the likes of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130588636">Naomi Judd</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14874232/emmylou-harris">Emmylou Harris</a>, died Friday. She was 75.</p><p>In 1987, Dickens spoke with Terry Gross about her appearance in <em>Matewan</em>, John Sayles' film about a rural coal-mining strike in 1920s West Virginia. The film was shot near the coal town where Dickens grew up, in Mercer County, W.V., and featured Dickens singing the kind of songs she sang in real life: a cappella ballads about the mining life and the struggles of the poor, women and other workers.</p><p>One of 11 children, Dickens grew up in a coal-mining family. She listened to Grand Ole Opry broadcasts on the radio and sang in her church. When she was 16, she left her large family and headed north to Baltimore to work in a factory.</p><p>"I didn't intentionally reject that part of my life," Dickens told Terry Gross. "Since some of the mines closed down there, there wasn't a lot of work, which meant there was even less work for women, because women usually did ... factory or waitress work."</p><p>In the 1960s, Dickens began to perform her own compositions on the bluegrass and folk circuits with Alice Gerrard. Known as Hazel and Alice, the duo performed songs steeped in Americana about the struggles of everyday life, particularly for women.</p><p>"There did seem to be a large space there that women like me and other women that were coming along could fill," Dickens said. "And that was to give other women that didn't want to sing the old traditional songs — to give them something that they could identify with and something that they could sing. I've had many women tell me that I was the only woman who came along that was writing songs that they could sing within the tradition."</p><p>Hazel Dickens received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008. She was also a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Honor. <br>Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. </p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-04-25/remembering-hazel-dickens-feminist-bluegrass-voice-85676 Ramy Esam: The Singer of the Egyptian Revolution http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/2011-03-14/ramy-esam-singer-egyptian-revolution-83720 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/ramy01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When we met Ramy Esam, the singer of the Egyptian revolution was lying face down on the same twin bed he slept in as a child.</p><p>His shirt was off, and the blanket was pulled down halfway.</p><p>He didn't want anything touching the red gashes and welts all over his back.</p><p>Esam was a little-known young guitarist until he gained fame by putting his fellow Egyptians' protest chants to music.</p><p>He performed one of those songs, called Leave, about former President Hosni Mubarak, on stage at Tahrir Square with thousands singing along, and video of the show became a hit on YouTube.</p><p>But his celebrity did not protect him when, after playing a concert in Cairo six days ago, he stopped by Tahrir Square. Without warning, the army stormed the square, ripping down tents and arresting more than 100 people, including Esam.</p><p>He says men in army uniforms dragged him to the Egyptian National Museum, which had become a security headquarters.</p><p>He says the men took him to a courtyard, stripped him to his shorts, and beat him.</p><p>An interpreter rendering Esam's Arabic into English says, "there was a soldier who jumped up in the air and (came) down on his head."</p><p>Esam, also through the interpreter, says the men beat him with a stick and a metal rod, and applied electricity "all over his body."</p><p>By the time the army released him, he could barely walk.</p><p>But even as he recuperates from his injuries, Esam refuses to condemn the army as a whole. He says he still believes that there are honest people who will investigate what happened.</p><p>Esam is an architecture student at Mansour University on the Mediterranean coast. But he says his heart is not really in architecture. It's in music — Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Nirvana — and his own compositions.</p><p>One of his latest is a song called Tatey, which sarcastically declares, "Bend your head, bend your head, you're living in a democracy," suggesting that Egypt's democracy isn't real yet.</p><p>As Esam speaks with us, the family apartment is filled with friends, smoking cigarettes and waiting to help if needed.</p><p>His mother is in the kitchen, cooking a huge pot of macaroni.</p><p>Visitors smile when Ramy and his brother Shady recall how their mother feared for them when they joined the revolution.</p><p>"In the beginning she was very afraid," they say through the interpreter. "She said I will come after you. But after that we have said again and again, we are okay, mother. You have borne men, not just young people, and we can do it."</p><p>We ask if, when he got hurt, his mother said, "I told you so."</p><p>They laugh and say yes. Even in pain, Ramy Esam smiles. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1300173444?&gn=Ramy+Esam%3A+The+Singer+of+the+Egyptian+Revolution&ev=event2&ch=1126&h1=World,Africa,Music+Interviews&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134538629&c7=1126&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1126&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110315&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=3&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=10004&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/2011-03-14/ramy-esam-singer-egyptian-revolution-83720 Lupe Fiasco: Two Sides To Everything http://www.wbez.org/story/music-interviews/2011-03-11/lupe-fiasco-two-sides-everything-83600 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/lupe_vert.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Wasalu Muhammad Jaco grew up in rough neighborhoods in and around Chicago, where crack addicts would pass out on his front stoop. But, while his friends were drifting in and out of jail, he joined the chess club and the academic decathlon at high school. He was also a drama geek.</p><p>This is the story of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15332413/lupe-fiasco" target="_blank">Lupe Fiasco</a> — that's Wasalu Jaco's stage name. Now 29, Lupe Fiasco is arguably the most innovative rapper to hit the scene in more than a decade. He raps about cops and drug dealers, but he's also known to quote Nietzche, Orwell, Chomsky and Howard Zinn. Fiasco celebrates the idea of being an oddball — he is a living juxtaposition.</p><p>"I always saw two sides of life," Fiasco tells <em>Weekend All Things Considered</em> host Guy Raz. "I saw the dudes who would be the gangsta, big-time guys on the block, but would also be dedicated fathers. It was kind of weird to see that dual story that everybody has."</p><p>Fiasco's parents divorced when he was young, and he spent time with both of his parents, who each exposed him to the world outside his neighborhood.</p><p>"My mother had a massive collection of <em>National Geographic</em>s," he says. His father's tastes were even more eclectic: "There would be a massive collection of swords from Pakistan, and then a ton of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17093771" target="_blank">Ravi Shankar</a> vinyl, and then a set of bagpipes, and these vases from China. It was just all these little knickknacks and pieces of the world strewn around the house."</p><p>Music was a big part of Fiasco's global education. He listened to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16853156/n-w-a" target="_blank">N.W.A</a> in the car with his father, but also had access to an extensive record collection that spanned world music and jazz. Known to use a range of styles in his songs, Fiasco says his father was instrumental in building this base of music knowledge.</p><p>"I have an understanding of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90283085" target="_blank">Queen</a> and the way Freddie Mercury did his harmonies," Fiasco says. "I know what tablas sound like, because my father played a lot of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan." Fiasco says his knowledge base has made him uncompromising as an arranger: "I can't play any instrument for the life of me, but I know what I want to hear."</p><p>In "Words I Never Said," from his new album <em>Lasers</em>, Fiasco explores another part of his upbringing: Islam. Growing up around potentially dangerous influences in his neighborhood, Fiasco managed to keep out of trouble. He attributes this in part to the tradition of faith in which he grew up.</p><p>"I was born Muslim, but for a large part of my life, I wasn't necessarily raised Muslim," he says. "My father always kept everything around us, from Western philosophy to Eastern philosophy." That air of tolerance is reflected in the song, which is in part a reaction to Islamic extremism. Take this couplet: "Jihad is not a holy war, where's that in the worship? / Murdering is not Islam, and you are not observant."</p><p><em> </em></p><p>Fiasco says he sees his music, which pulls influences from prog and experimental rock, as a way to bring different groups of listeners together — including those who are wary of hip-hop. "Kick, Push," the Grammy-nominated single from his first record, <em>Food & Liquor</em>, became a skater anthem, popular with skateboarders black and white, urban and suburban.</p><p>Fiasco has continued to experiment. Last year, he introduced Japanese Cartoon, a post-punk side project in which he affects a mock British accent in the mold of Joy Division's Ian Curtis. Even <em>Lasers</em> was originally meant to be part of a genre-spanning three-disc set — which he'd hoped would satisfy his current contract and release him to take a new direction.</p><p>That decision, he says, "got lost in translation" — but he says he isn't discouraged.</p><p>"This will not be my last album," Fiasco says. "I have three more to do with my record company, and I will continue to do music until I decide to stop." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. </p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 17:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/music-interviews/2011-03-11/lupe-fiasco-two-sides-everything-83600 Quake Crushes Haitian Violinist's Hand, But Not His Spirit http://www.wbez.org/story/haiti-year-later/quake-crushes-haitian-violinists-hand-not-his-spirit <p><p>Last February, violinist Romel Joseph was being treated at a Miami hospital for injuries he suffered during the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The school he founded in Port-au-Prince had literally crushed him in the quake. He was trapped underneath the rubble for 18 hours before being rescued; his pregnant wife did not survive.</p><p>From his hospital bed, Joseph promised: "The only thing I do know is as soon as I am able to walk and I am functional that I will go back to Haiti, and I will start the reconstruction of the Victorian School."</p><p>Sure enough, about a month later, he returned to Haiti and began to rebuild the school. During that time, he also wrote a book and nursed himself back to health, paying special attention to his crushed left hand. That's his fingering hand, the one the Julliard-trained musician uses to press the strings of his violin.</p><p>A year after the earthquake, Joseph, like much of southern Haiti, is rebuilding. He has returned to Haiti several times to oversee the reconstruction of the New Victorian School. In September, a temporary shelter was set up, where 208 students resumed their studies.</p><p>Even with three broken fingers on his left hand, Joseph has regained enough strength to begin playing the violin again. There are signs of hope everywhere.</p><p>"Haiti has a long, long way to go," Joseph says. "However, we have to hope that it's going to get there. We have to hope.”</p><p>Having to remain resilient in the face of tragedy is not unfamiliar to Joseph. He lost his eyesight as a child, and 10 years before the earthquake struck, a fire destroyed The New Victorian School. Though the loss of his wife and physical recovery has been trying, Joseph remains optimistic.</p><p>"Eventually, life has to go on," Joseph tells <em>Weekend All Things Considered</em> host Guy Raz. "This is a whole new episode of my life. I have to follow the mission I have for the rest of the time I have around."</p><p>Joseph's left hand has recovered to the point where he can play simple pieces, which has made moving on from the tragedy a little easier.</p><p>"I'm really thankful because I'm able to play some things. And it's really wonderful because I never thought I'd be able to again," he says.</p><p>Accompanied by his daughter Victoria on viola, Joseph demonstrates his newly regained ability with Handel's "Passacaglia."</p><p>"[The song] reminds me of remembrance, which is kind of sad," he says. "But at the same time, it has a happy ending, which is what it's going to be all about: a happy ending and happy recommencement." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295129536?&gn=Quake+Crushes+Haitian+Violinist%27s+Hand%2C+But+Not+His+Spirit&ev=event2&ch=132840296&h1=Haiti+A+Year+Later,Latin+America,Music+Interviews,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132940504&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110115&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=2&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=132840296,127602855,103943429,105411007&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 15:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/haiti-year-later/quake-crushes-haitian-violinists-hand-not-his-spirit Timberlake On 'N Sync, Acting And Bringing Sexy Back http://www.wbez.org/story/arts-amp-life/timberlake-n-sync-acting-and-bringing-sexy-back <p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123572896">Justin Timberlake</a> has come a long way from the first time he stepped on a stage at the age of 8.</p> <p>&quot;My mother sort of makes this joke that she's surprised that I know what she looks like, because up until I ... first stepped onto a stage, all I did was look down at my feet,&quot; Timberlake explains. &quot;As soon as I discovered the stage, it brought out a lot in me that I didn't know I had. And it did it at a very young age, and it was one of the most fun things that I could ever do.&quot;</p> <p>The versatile performer has since proven that he can sing -- he has produced several hit solo albums, including <em>Justified</em> and <em>FutureSex/LoveSounds</em> -- after leading the 1990s boy band 'N Sync to become the third-highest selling boy band of all time. And he has demonstrated his acting chops, performing in both comedic and dramatic roles.</p> <p>Several digital shorts from his appearances on <em>Saturday Night Live,</em> including &quot;<a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/1596/saturday-night-live-dick-in-a-box-uncensored">Dick in a Box</a>&quot; and &quot;<a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/73123/saturday-night-live-digital-short-motherlover-uncensored">Motherlover</a>,&quot; have become viral Internet sensations, while his recent performance as Napster founder Sean Parker in David Fincher's <em>The Social Network</em> was lauded by both <em>The New York Times</em> and <em>The New Yorker</em>; in the latter, David Denby wrote that Timberlake's &quot;charm and physical dynamism ... torque the movie even higher.&quot;</p> <p>Timberlake's success on the stage started when he was just 11 years old. He appeared on <em>Star Search</em>, then successfully auditioned for a part on the Disney Channel series <em>The New Mickey Mouse Club</em> alongside future stars <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16353081">Britney Spears</a>, Christina Aguilera and JC Chasez, who would become his bandmate in 'N Sync.</p> <p>&quot;When you're a kid and things like that happen, and it happens so fast, you can't help but feel like something great was happening for you,&quot; he tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. &quot;But I look back on it and I think it was more of a fluke than anything.&quot;</p> <p>From <em>The New Mickey Mouse Club,</em> Timberlake went to 'N Sync, eventually performing at the Oscars, the World Series, the Super Bowl and the Olympics -- and recording with <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129085773">Aerosmith</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16782748">Michael Jackson</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15396953">Elton John</a> and Celine Dion, among others. From there he launched a solo career, releasing hits &quot;Rock Your Body,&quot; &quot;My Love&quot; and &quot;SexyBack,&quot; which became his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and won Best Dance Recording at the 2007 Grammy Awards.</p> <p>Timberlake tells Terry Gross that he isn't exactly sure where the lyric &quot;I'm bringing sexy back&quot; came from -- and that he occasionally regrets writing it that way.</p> <p>&quot;People feel like it's an extension of who I am, but ... when I get the opportunity to tell them I was playing a character, sometimes they get it and sometimes they don't,&quot; he says. &quot;For whatever reason, when we started recording it, I wanted the vocal to almost slap you in the face. I wanted it to sound distorted. ... Originally the song wasn't going to be called that. ... I thought that was too on the nose. [But] the more I played it for people around me, that's what they called it.&quot;</p> <p>Timberlake says that in spite of his achievements -- he has earned six Grammys and two Emmys, among other accolades -- he still attributes the bulk of his success to his mother, who made sure he was comfortable and aware of his place in the world.</p> <p>&quot;I remember her saying, 'If you have the ability to do something, one or two things great, it doesn't mean that you're a better person than anyone else.' And I think I've held onto that,&quot; he says.</p> <p>What matters more to him than trophies, he says, are &quot;comments from people who say, 'You've helped me through a rough time,' or [people] saying that you made them laugh or something -- that something you did was great, rather than materialistic awards or things like that.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Interview Highlights</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>On playing Sean Parker, the founder of Napster</strong></p> <p>&quot;All of the actors in the film, we didn't know much about any of these guys. We came to these people as characters. Our first introduction to these people was the really layered and well-researched and specific characterization of them by [screenwriter] Aaron Sorkin. I know he had done a lot of research, but there was a book [called <em>The Accidental Billionaires</em>] that was being written by Ben Mezrich at the same time that Aaron was doing his research for the film, and I know that [Ben] did speak to a lot of people. Their only condition was they got to keep their anonymity. So none of us really asked questions about who or what he talked to, or about, with anyone -- but he was very adamant about a lot of the research, even details about what they may have been drinking in a certain scene. ... [It] was all accounted for by his research.&quot;</p> <p><strong>On doing comedy</strong></p> <p>&quot;I've always thought that there was humor everywhere. As a kid, I grew up an only child, and nothing made me happier than to make my parents laugh. ... I had a Jackson 5 wig that I would wear around, and I would do the dances from the Jackson 5, and my mother thought that was hysterical. Of course, that seed got planted very early, the physicality of comedy. When I was a kid, I would impersonate anything that I would hear. [That's] why I was able to become a musician and a singer. What I was more talented at, more than anything -- because I don't think I'm a great singer -- I grew up imitating different voices that I heard, and when I was young my mother used to listen to a lot of a Southern rock station in Memphis, and I grew up imitating all of those voices that I heard when I was young.&quot;</p> <p><strong>On the song &quot;Dick in a Box&quot; from <em>Saturday Night Live</em></strong></p> <p>&quot;The weird thing about the digital shorts that I've done with Andy [Samberg] and the Lonely Island guys is that we wrote this song in a delirium of no sleep on a Wednesday or Thursday of the week. We recorded it that night, and we were laughing so hysterically -- and probably through the delirium of trying to write something so funny, this came out of it. We knew it would be funny on some level, because we were laughing with each other on the Friday we filmed the video. And then on Saturday they edited it, and Saturday night it was put out on television. ... We weren't parodying anyone in particular. I think the style in which we were doing the song was early-'90s R&amp;B, so when we had that as a basis, we said, 'How ridiculous can we make this?' Because then at that point, it's just about making it as funny as possible.&quot;</p> <p><strong>On <em>The New Mickey Mouse Club</em></strong></p> <p>&quot;I got a callback and went to a casting camp, where all the kids who were sort of spawned out of that show, we met for the first time. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling -- there were 21 kids who were whittled down from 20,000 [kids] that they had done auditions with all over the country. Out of those 21 kids, seven of us were picked to be the new part of the cast.&quot;</p> <p><strong>On 'N Sync<br /> </strong></p> <p>&quot;Everything that we did was based around a cappella harmonies. That's what we wanted to be in the beginning -- an a cappella group. So that is why we put five guys in the group. When we were forming the group, there wasn't a boy-band phenomenon. <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15446165">Nirvana</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15664595">Pearl Jam</a> were probably the top two acts in the world at the time, so we never knew at what capacity everything was going to work out for us. I don't think we thought it was going to be as big as it became. Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. 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