Interview: Okkervil River

on August 03, 2008, 12:46pm

An hour before his band took the Playstation 3 stage for what proved to be one of Saturday’s more memorable performances, Okkervil River frontman/founding member Will Sheff took a few minutes to discuss a variety of topics with myself and Alex Young.

Compared to the on-stage version of Sheff, a man who offered incredible enthusiasm and passion to the thousands that gathered to see Okkervil’s performance, behind the scenes, the 32-year-old, Austin rocker is much more subdued and down-to-earth, and like many Lolla attendees, he even had trouble putting on the three-day wristband.

Throughout our 12 minute interview, Sheff exhibited incredible grace and sincerity, willing to answer each and every one of our questions, from his inspiration and influences to his view on the state of the record industry, with full and colorful disclosure.

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