This week’s 4oth Anniversary edition of New York Magazine celebrates Wesleyan alumna Santi White ’97 (Santogold) and Debbie Harry as they discuss the New York music scene, manipulative record labels and hipsters.
Debbie Harry gives a special shout out to Wesleyan’s own MGMT:
NY: What’s your favorite band right now?
S: I really enjoyed Vampire Weekend’s record.
DH: I’ve been listening to a lot of songs by MGMT.
Other interview highlights:
NY Mag: So you still get out and catch a lot of current bands?
DH: I try, yeah. I mean, it’s not easy, but I drag my sorry old ass out.
S: I feel the same way.
NY: Do you think that hipsters evolved from punks?
S: It’s what everyone calls young guys now.
DH: Really? I just want to say grunge.
S: Hipsters, honestly, there’s nothing there! Everyone wears the exact same thing. My song “L.E.S. Artistes” is about fakers, people who are self-proclaimed artists but really just go out in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg to be scenesters.
DH: The point of being punk was to be an asshole and not to be put down for it.
S: You mean like embarrassing yourself?
[Edit by LauraAlyse] See the magazine’s coverage on 2 other alumni here