Soft Focus

Soft Focus was an internet television series in which musician and writer Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses, Make-Up, Weird War, Chain and the Gang) conducted loose, smart, and funny interviews with a select group of mostly independent musicians. Our guests included Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Palace Music), Ian Mackaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), and Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth). Perhaps my favorite interview to tape was the one with Alan and Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls—it was on the edge of chaos and hysteria from start to finish. But I loved doing all of them. I co-conceived (with Svenonius) this series and produced and directed each episode. We had a good run.


Chan Marshall

Chan, a.k.a. Cat Power, was one of the guests we shot at the Guggenheim Museum in their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed auditorium.
 

 

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore

This episode was shot on a rainy day at the British seaside during an All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival.
 

Steve Albini

Albini may be kind of an asshole, but he makes for a great interview. His and Ian’s rapport was like a vaudeville routine.
 

Richard and Alan Bishop

Perhaps this wasn’t the most popular episode of Soft Focus to the average viewer, but it was my favorite. Sun City Girls are tops, and there was a palpable sense of tension and weirdness in the air as we taped this, which I liked.