Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso The Pieces of David Byrne

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This week we head to New York City to sit with the legendary David Byrne (Talking Heads). We discuss how he’s processed the pandemic (7:14), finding creativity in unlikely places (10:20), the evolution of his Broadway show ‘American Utopia’ (11:20), the influence of poet William Blake (13:19), his gift for collaboration (16:14), and the power of the song, Glass, Concrete & Stone (21:30).

On the back-half, David opens up about his pivot from New Wave to Latin music (24:16), getting comfortable with creating on his own terms (27:16), and why he turned to performance as a response to being neurodivergent (36:35). He also reflects on his relationship to the Talking Heads at age 69 (42:49), the cross generational impact of his art (44:16), the unique interpretations of American Utopia (48:16), and how he “found the world” through making music (50:46). 

 

The Host

Sam Fragoso

Sam Fragoso is a writer, director and podcast host based in Los Angeles. His interviews have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Atlantic and NPR. In a past…