Interview::Perry Farrell & his Satellite Party

Urge has an interview with Perry Farrell and here are a few excerpts:

URGE: You’ve been in the music industry long enough to see it undergo considerable changes. What’s the fundamental difference between when you started out with Jane’s Addiction and now?

Farrell: People now have an opinion and that gets heard, and people can have their own business in their bedroom and they get business around the world. Look at India as an example of how they’re using the Internet, and look at blogs, how they’ve exploded over the past five years. I wrote the Satellite Party record probably four years ago, but there was a change in the global community, it shrunk, while I was doing the project. The album Ultra Payloaded tells the story of this group of people called the Solutionists. And their ambition is a do-it-yourself revolution. They go out and put together their own demonstrations and they use the art of public display, so they’re musicians and they put together their own parties and concerts and website trying to give solutions to the world and have a good time, at the top of it all, trying to have a good time.

URGE: Are they concrete or in your mind?

Farrell: I’m trying to create them and I am creating them. I’ve written the story about these new-renaissance artists. The trippy thing is along my journeys, I have met up with renaissance artists, and I’ve created a brain trust of people. I work with an organization, Global Cool, we’re going to be planning a series of events to go around the world for the next ten years. So… it’s happening.

URGE: How has the festival world changed since you started Lollapalooza in 1991?

Farrell: We use that nasty word, monopolized. It has been monopolized, corporatized, pigeonholed, sterilized … I sound like Don King. [Everyone in the room laughs.] [We used to] tour America, it was a mobile city, we moved this giant art conglomerate. Where I headed was anybody’s guess. We’d work with individual promoters and have these great locations that they’d find, and now, they don’t have that. When you lose competition, you as a consumer are screwed. So the promoters were all bought up by one organization, and they would price-fix what they would pay you for your festival, and put you into their fixed location they owned, and it dried up. That’s why we went to a destination, where we could build it ourselves.

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