By Jack Barnes
West opens his world to Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey via an in-depth interview that took place Fri., Oct. 14, in between his shows in Winnipeg and Edmonton. Surface will debut the cover, a filmed 30-minute conversation, and various other levels of visual content throughout the coming month as part of its newly designed website rollout. The issue’s feature section, co-edited by creative director and frequent West collaborator Willo Perron, focuses on various connection points between visual art and music, though, as Bailey writes in the editor’s letter, it isn’t about that outright. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
On education: “People across the world just lack opportunities, period. I feel a responsibility because of my parents. They’re activists and were in the world-changing business. Any extra goodwill or good skills I’ve gained I learned from them, and take along on my Legend of Zelda role-playing path in life. Life’s like a RPG [role-playing game]. When you roll the dice, you’ve got three guys with you, and then you meet someone else, and then another person gives you information. That’s how I met [designer and dealer] Axel Vervoordt—and I don’t have to explain who that is; [you] can get it off of Google.”
On the rising value of young talent: “Those are the people who can make the change. And will. It’s not can; it’s will. You have to will things into fruition. I think that in our time, our civilization, we can get to a place where … [Pauses] When you say way overly optimistic things, they just get attacked.”
On the interview: “Maybe this will be an eloquent interview. It’s a 50/50 chance
every time I open my mouth.”
See full interview here
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