Musicians on Musicians: Phoebe Bridgers & Lars Ulrich

Phoebe Bridgers and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich interviewed each other over at Rolling Stone:

It was the strangest fucking summer. Because I was most on the front lines, it left me kind of shell-shocked. It really started more as a street fight. It was like, “Wait a minute, one of our songs is playing on a bunch of radio stations in the Midwest?” It was a song we hadn’t released yet. So we started tracing it back, and it was like, “Napster, what the fuck?” The environment we were brought up in was if somebody fucked with you, we’d just go after them. And then all of a sudden the lights came on, the whole world was watching.

It left certainly a pretty crazy taste in my mouth, especially because everybody was my friend: “You’re doing such a great job. We support you. What can I do to help you? Call me.” And then, as soon as I was out there and I looked behind, there was not a single person behind me. Obviously, I had the support of the band, but it was really weird.

Phoebe Bridgers Launches Record Label

Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers has announced the launch of her new record label, Saddest Factory, in partnership with Dead Oceans. The full press release can be found below, and an interview with Phoebe about the label is up at Billboard:

Saddest Factory will sign acts across genres, based on the most pure criteria, says Bridgers: The quality of their songs, an obvious requirement but one that isn’t always given the same weight as an artist’s social media following, co-signs and other indicators of hype. “If I like it and I listen to it for pleasure, then other people will like it and listen to it for pleasure,” she says. “I don’t think I have any ethos other than, ‘Am I jealous?'”

Bridgers has already signed her first act, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

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