Friday Nights at NGV: Interview with Jim White from Xylouris White

We interviewed Jim White from the band Xylouris White, who will be headlining Friday Nights at NGV on 11 March 2016.

Describe your sound in 5 words or less?
goatish , free , endless ,  rocky mountains

If your music was an artwork what would it look like?

Do you have a favourite artist/artwork?

What’s your favourite gig you have played to date?
Ilion in athens

What inspires/influences your music the most?

What song do you wish you wrote?

What part of making music excites you the most?
when we play it -shows , recording ,making it up

What can someone expect from your live show?
everything – meditation,  fun , moving , dancable , f***** everything .

Tell us about the last song or album you created?
first and only album  released so far was goats . band is lauto and drums and voice , only one vocal song on this album , new album we are working on coming into focus after much touring the world , harder , more vocals

What is your favourite part of being involved in Friday Nights at NGV?
people seem excited to combine seeing an exhibition and show , I’m excited to see if and how we and other can make sense of it

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei showcases over 300 artworks that explore the parallels and intersections between the practices of these two exemplary artists. Are you excited about the exhibition?

A large portion of the works included in the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition include political or social commentary. Have you been inspired to do this through your music?
yes , of course all this happens around the world if we do it or not on purpose they influence the music , and its a big part of it , and it comes naturally through our feelings and our music

Andy Warhol famously said: ‘Art is what you can get away with.’ How would you respond?
Warhols’ statement  may have meant something different at the time and it  is  smart and shaped   the world and he got away with it , However influential it is , the statement is not true and at this stage less true then ever. we appreciate conceptual art   but not all of it ; all art is conceptual

Ai Weiwei once said: ‘A small act is worth a million thoughts.’ How would you respond?
yes we feel that

What else are you working on now? Or where are you next touring?
new album , blue mountains folk festival NSW, Big Ears festival ,knoxville tenessee USA