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David Clement

July 12, 2012

David Clement

Back when these kinds of things used to happen, David Clement‘s self-produced, first album was featured as an Editor’s Pick in Billboard and got him signed to Polygram records. His ride through the major label, from Polygram to Universal, included collaborations with Marc Ribot (of Elvis’ Attractions) and Chris Cochrane (of the seminal No Safety); though never officially released, some of those songs have been played on TV shows, from the CW all the way back to the WB.

David has contributed to soundtracks of (only the indiest of) indie films and recently scored the documentary Purple State. He cowrote Weatherman, a new musical that’s been workshopped at LaJolla Playhouse and Theatreworks in Palo Alto, then performed in concert form at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

Fall 2012, look out for Fi, a full album produced by Rob Bailey (Enrique Iglesias, Delta Goodrem) with cameos by Martha Plimpton, Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, SNL), Marylouise Burke (film: Sideways, TV: Hung), Marty Beller (They Might Be Giants), Nigel Harrison (Blondie), and Erin Evermore with a technical and mixing assist from Gary Maurer of Hem.

You can catch David live this weekend in NYC as part of Unhinged: A Night of Queer Songwriters.

1. What is your hometown?

I was raised in Edmonds, WA and Thrilmette, IL. But I’ve lived in NYC longer than either of those places. Do I have to pick one?

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Auntie Mame at my best moments.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

For this fictional movie I will cast the love child of Tilda Swinton and Gilbert Godfried.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Emanuel Vigeland’s “Vita” is a pretty amazing thing to behold. You have to drive out into the Norwegian country side, then duck through a small doorway into a dimly lit, windowless cathedral. When your eyes adjust you start to make out these disturbing and compelling scenes of conception, birth, sexual awakening; all beautifully realized and darkly metaphoric. It certainly spoke to part of my soul. That huge Hello Kitty sculpture on the UES speaks to another part. And Andre Derain’s paintings always get me kind of pleasantly wistful.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I’m reading a lot of political and social theory that was popular or influential in the 60’s for a musical I’m writing about a political group from the time. And I really enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

According to M. ipod: The National, Emilie Simon (her soundtrack for La Delicatesse is pretty stunning), Heart, Architecture in Helsinki, and Dawes.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

I’m such a pushover, pussy, whatever you want to call it. I know I didn’t cry at “Snow White and The Huntsman” but probably anything else I’ve seen. I remember a particularly good cry at “Atonement”.

8. Cat person or dog person?

False dichotomy. But I do have two of the most ridiculously adorable cats anyone ever saw anywhere and they could take down any dog, poodle to rottweiler.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Generally Important? Truth. Important to me? Kindness.

10. How do you define sin?

I’ll leave that to people who traffic in such things, It’s like pornography, you know it when you see it.

11. How do you define virtue?

Empathy.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

It’s pretty worn down and looks like it might say, “lover of all pie.” So you move closer to read it and in so doing, you trigger the motion sensor which switches on the fog machine and a mechanized hand that thrusts from the earth, followed by a laser light show and disco music.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Dina Martina. Peewee Herman.

Connections:
David Clement
@DaClementMusic

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 12, 2012 14:22

    Beautifully said.

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