In a recent interview, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke spoke about climate change and the role of music in social issues, saying that “music goes in phases of being completely brain dead or not.” The interview with Paris-based magazine Télérama was conducted ahead of his December 5 performance at Pathway to Paris, an event that coincides with the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference.
“I don’t think I’m that political,” Yorke said. “Banksy is always political. I like his work because it’s implicitly or explicitly political and always slightly silly at the same time. But music is different. Music goes in phases of being completely brain dead or not. I went through a period where music was actually very political,” he said referring to Radiohead’s involvement in the Tibetan Freedom Concerts in 1998 and 1999.
Yorke also said that he always tries to make time to reconnect with nature with an annual, multi-day camping trip: “My friends and I try, every year, to go and live in the woods for three or four days. I always find the first 24 hours very frightening. In fact, when you hear a swarm of bees and the sound of them coming towards you, it’s just terrifying. But when you come out of it after a few days, you feel so different, there’s an odd sense of peace.”
The entire interview, which was also conducted with author and activist George Monbiot, can be found here.