Adam Horovitz on Sept 11, South America, and the new album


Before departing for a tour of festival dates in South America, Adam Horovitz conducted a phone interview with Cordoba.net from New York. Following is a translation of the interview, courtesy of my friend Celeste.

Beastie Boys fans who have been waiting for news on the band's next album should take note of what Horovitz says about the album's status.

Beastie Boys Word

Adam Horovitz, a member of the legendary American hip hop band the Beastie Boys, who will close Friday's Bue Festival, says that he is honored to perform with the godmother of punk, Patti Smith.

The Beastie Boys, also formed by Adam Yauch and Mike Diamond, will soon make their second visit to Argentina. The band were at the pampas for the first time in April 1995 to promote their successful record
Ill Communication.

From the Big Apple, Horovitz spoke about the situation of New Yorkers after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Five years have passed since the attacks. What do you think after all this time?
It's very sad. I don't know what you can say about it because it's so sad. We were right there when it happened. The political consequences were very sad. It makes you so angry. Too many people died.

What is New York's mood now? Has it gotten any better? Or is it worst than after September 11?
Every day it's getting better in New York.

Are New Yorkers paranoid? Are they living in fear?
I wouldn't say paranoid, but they're nervous with a government that announces another attack will happen any minute. George W. Bush and the Republicans make us believe that this thing can happen in our very basements. And they believe that there aren't good enough reasons for these people [the terrorists] to hate us.

Are you working on a new record?
Yes. If we released it now, it would sound horrible because all we have right now is just music. We are only at an instrumental level. We are nowhere near a final product yet.

How much influence do you think your band has had over bands that came after you?
I don't know. Some people say that we influenced many bands but I've never heard any band that sound like us. I really don't know. I've heard people say we influenced other bands, but I really can't tell.

Do you think hip hop music is strong right now or is its popularity in decline?
Hip hop is the most popular genre in the world. And the good thing is that every six months it changes. Hip hop will always be alright because it's constantly changing. Something new is always emerging.

Do you have any memories from your last visit to South America?
We had a very good time in Buenos Aires in 1995. It's a beautiful city. We met nice people. I loved it. We played soccer and went skating with people we met down there.

Can you tell me what your show in Argentina will be like?
It is going to be fantastic -- one of the best shows anyone has ever seen there.

At the same festival, you will perform with Patti Smith, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Daft Punk. What will it be like to share the same stage with Patti Smith?
It is such a privilege and a great honor. I never imagined that something like that could happen to us. For people like us, who grew up in New York listening to punk rock, being able to see Patti Smith and share a big stage with her is something great.

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