Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes Talks Touring, Depression, and Song Dynasties Documentary

Since the release of Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Of Montreal has pursued what's become its signature brand of abstract conceptualism, paving a creative road for other neo-psychedelic indie-pop acts along the way.

"It's so much easier for people to find an audience these days," he says. "As a kid, there wasn't much of indie scene. Nowadays, there are tons of people who are excited to help you."



Barnes admits that he isn't very nostalgic, but rather "always living the present." Despite a seemingly normal childhood -- albeit sans indie -- and a successful music career, the 38-year-old has publicly battled with depression in years past, and revisiting certain parts of his life may be too painful, he says.

"A lot of those times, especially early on for the first six or seven years [with Of Montreal], were a terrible struggle. To go back and think about those times is not something that really brings me much pleasure."

Avoiding them, however, is becomingly increasingly difficult.

On November 12, Of Montreal launched a Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise $75,000 for Song Dynasties, a feature-length documentary about the band's 16-year history.

"I'm not the one editing it," Barnes says. "I'll probably watch it, but it won't be something I spend too much time with, I think. It'd be weird if I just sat there and watched my documentary over and over again."



Instead, Barnes will likely be conjuring up a new record. He's "planning on diving head first" into the process early next year.

"I started writing songs for the next record and started thinking about what I want to do moving forward, but it hasn't reached the point where it has a defined personality yet," he says. "It's still coming together."

Conceptually, this new project is already shaping up to be quite different from previous Of Montreal records. Just like Murakami, Barnes is going to dedicate a daily chunk of time to his craft.

"For the first time next year, I'm going to go somewhere and write. I'm going to spend two-and-a-half weeks just being in this place writing, which I've never done before. I'm kind of interested to see if anything happens."

Of Montreal. With Levek. Presented by Mute Miami. Wednesday, November 28. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $18 plus fees via completeticketsolutions.com. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

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