Nardwuar the Human Serviette will one day receive the Order of Canada, you heard it here first.
Intrepid journalist, tireless punk rocker and wearer of unsightly Canadian-themed fashion, Nard brings his garage rock combo the Evaporators for an all-ages shindig with the Weirdies on Sunday (October 5) at Trash Palace (89-B Niagara St.) - Toronto's no-limits indie cinema for b-movies. In between matinee sets will feature Nard clips from his deep video vault. Call 416-203-2389 for more specifics.
You got the only interview with Jay-Z at this summer's Pemberton Festival. How'd you do it?
That interview was set up by Pharrell. He enjoyed the interview I did with him so much he phoned up Jay-Z and said talk to Nardwuar. Jay-Z was doing no interviews at Pemberton, none. But I bugged N.E.R.D. and I get an email saying they're going to hook me up, so I get in my car and drive to Whistler for six hours but Pharrell has left. But there was another guy from N.E.R.D, so he finds Jay'Z's road manager and put this iPhone to his ear (with Pharrell on the line) and bang we're talking to Jay-Z. You just have to go for it in any circumstances. Jay-Z was like "What the hell is this about, why is Pharrell phoning me to do an interview with you?"
Your relationship with Courtney Love is notorious. Do you have any contact with her these days?
I have not actually talked to her in person since Lollapalooza (‘95). The last time I communicated with her was in 2001, she was shooting a movie in Vancouver. I said to her "Courtney do you want to help do an interview with Echo & the Bunnymen," cuz she hung out with them in England. So she gave me some questions and it was like 50 questions, no joke, all written out and very specific like "Ian (McCulloch), tell me, why did you send me to the Marquee club saying that you were playing when Haircut 100 was playing? Why did you play that joke on me?" It was amazing.
Do you think the proliferation of internet video lowered an appreciation for what you do?
The internet has done amazing things for videographers like myself because it's lowered the bar. People put up videos that look terrible, but people accept them. Ten years ago it was un-airable, the bar has been lowered so greatly by the internet; I love it. It's people videotaping a TV set with their handycam and you can hear dogs and cats in the background, the camera's shaking, posting that and still getting thousand of views. I love that because our stuff looks amazing compared to that.