The Intersection of Artistic Disciplines

"Music is writing. Writing is art. Art is music. Simple," says the DJ.
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Question: Who are you trying to reach with your music?

DJ Spooky:  I’d say my audience is pretty much anyone who thinks, which is a big audience, and luckily and happily people have been very supportive of the idea of a writer, artist and musician making conceptual music.  I’m not art rock.  I mean art rock dominates in the art world.  I’m a kind of insurgency, like an electronic music insurgency because I’m trying to push a lot of boundaries simultaneously. Racial politics, economic politics and above all the psychology about how people assign criteria and value and what people say is cool or good.  I love the idea that you know your cell phone is disrupting the entire sort of consumer pattern of people or I love the idea that you know what, a curator or a museum director or some art dealer the value isn’t for them create.  It’s the value that we, each of us, brings to something.  So it’s disruptive of all these kind of top-down hierarchies of how power forms in you know the normal corporate model of saying this artist or this book or... so my book is turning the world of Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey upside down and saying you know you are the mix. 
I enjoy writing and it’s one… another weird thing, a beef I have with normal critics is that they’re like, “Why don’t you just do the music?”  You know I’m like: "Look, I’m an artist.  I like to write.  I also do music, so they’re not separate."  To me music is writing.  Writing is art.  Art is music.  Simple.

Recorded on April 8, 2010