Interview: Danny Fields

BIMM London Journalism students were out in force at the recent Liverpool Sound City. One of the event’s special guests was Danny Fields, a music manager, publicist and author, Fields has worked with artists including Iggy and the Stooges, the Velvet Underground, The Ramones and many more. BIMM’s own Noa Lou Enderli asked him a few questions…

Who have you seen so far, and who’s been your highlight?

John Cale’s show last night. He performed the [Velvet Underground’s] banana album. Musically, it is certainly one of the most important things in my life.

As a writer, how did you approach festivals when you had to cover everything taking place?

I never did that, I don’t know what I would’ve done. And it’s very hard to write about music; we’re not truly listening to it. We can only compare and refer it to what exists, what we know and like. As a journalist, pay attention to the assignment; it puts you in a different frame of mind. Professionalism is to know what’s wanted of you. It’s all about who is asking you to write. It’s about how you transcribe what you feel, see, experience and hear. The better you get at it, the more you can be as different as you are. Everyone starts by being squeezed in.

Do you think it’s because you appreciate the music too much that you don’t want to jump from one thing to another?

Yes, that’s one thing. I like music in a club, it’s the way I discovered False Heads [Danny’s new protégés.] When people can play in front of an audience of three and give it power, it won’t be a problem for an audience of 300.

Do you get sick of answering questions about the bands you worked with?
No, because they all deserve the best. They worked hard and they left a golden spirit behind, they deserve it. A genius is a genius, a star is a star. 

Do you miss the impact/revolution that you experienced, and do you think there is still a place for one today?
Yes, there is! The hundreds of people here are part of it. It’s gradual and always goes up. I hope we’re at the edge of a new revolution. 

What do you think is the new musical revolution?
I don’t know if there is one. I love one band at a time, one singer at a time and one songwriter at time. I don’t think it’s a movement, it’s a mystery. 

Words by Noa Lou Enderli

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