The LA Weekly Interview with Best Coast: Bethany Cosentino on Why She Had to Leave Brooklyn, How She Is (and Isn't) Like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Being Only Slightly Less Cool than Kanye, and Joan Didion (Yes, Joan Didion)
Sean Teegarden LA Weekly cover girl: Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino
Alright--we gave you the sneak peek a couple of days ago, and now here it is. The LA Weekly Interview: Best Coast (read the whole thing here).
It is a profile of rising star Bethany Cosentino that we're sure is gonna challenge your preconceptions about her songs, her life and her sudden success (the NME recently named her the 4th coolest person in the music world and the number one new act of 2010).
Here are some highlights:
On being on the "cool" list: "I like myself," Cosentino says, relaxing on her couch between legs of her ongoing tour and right after fielding a phone call from the Japanese press (Q: "What food inspires your music?" A: "I don't know -- salad?"). "I think I'm pretty cool. I think I'm a good friend. I think I'm a good girlfriend. I think I'm a good daughter. I'm confident, I am. But I don't know why in the world NME would say I'm the fourth coolest person in the world and put me next to a person like Kanye West, who to me is like ... Jesus ... on some Jesus kind of level, and I'm just this 24-year-old girl that, you know, sits around my house and goes on tour and talks about Jersey Shore and does all those kinds of stuff."
On her time in New York: "Stressful, congested and cold. I mean, it's not cold all the time, but being someone who grew up in Los Angeles, I'm not used to cold weather, and call me spoiled if you want to, but even this weather [it was cloudy the day of the interview] bums me out. I really feed off of the sun and the warmth, and that's really what I love about California and Los Angeles and Southern California in general. And in New York I also felt I could never decompress -- it always just felt like, wake up, walk to the subway, get on the subway, take the subway to school, get off the subway. ..."
On her literary habits: "Joan Didion is someone that I've always loved and I've been reading her for a long time, and she was sort of the same way, but she actually really liked New York and she really wrote a lot of great stuff about New York. But I think there's a big difference between a person from the West Coast and a person from the East Coast. I really, truly believe that. There's two different sorts of mind-sets."
On her songwriting: "I was mostly a singer as a kid. I took guitar lessons and I took piano lessons, but I never really followed through with trying to perfect my craft with that kind of stuff. I'm not a very good guitar player. I can play a couple of things on the piano, but singing is the one thing I've always felt really confident in myself about. And songwriting, too. I feel I'm always confident in my songwriting, too. I deal with a lot of criticism about it, but I try to not let it affect me, because at the end of the day I'm happy and that's all that really matters."
On her former band Pocahaunted: