Nick Cave on Kanye West: "At this point in time, he is our greatest artist”
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Nick Cave on Kanye West: “At this point in time, he is our greatest artist”

Nick Cave has lauded Kanye West’s creative drive and commitment to art in a new discussion with his fans.

Cave, taking questions from his supporters as part of his fan-led forum Red Hand Files, was on the topic of new material and attempting to satisfy his Bad Seeds audience when Naja, a fan from Los Angeles, asked: “Do you like Kanye?”

Cave, approaching the question, replied: “Making art is a form of madness – we slip deep within our own singular vision and become lost to it.”

He added: “There is no musician on Earth that is as committed to their own derangement as Kanye, and in this respect, at this point in time, he is our greatest artist.”

Kanye, whose transition and career development has continued to push new boundaries, has turned to his faith for the latest source of musical material. Now consistently creating material as part of his Sunday Service, the rapper recently released his new album Jesus Is Born which has split his fanbase somewhat.  

Cave, addressing how he and the Bad Seeds attempt to approach every new record, was quick to point out that not every fan of the band will be satisfied with each release. “We love and respect our fans, both past and present, but, of course, they are free to come and go as they please,” he said.

“What The Bad Seeds are trying to do is to nurture our listeners, to challenge and confront them, to make records that create some kind of dissonance, and perhaps even disturb them, but hopefully ultimately move them.

“Losing fans is the collateral damage that comes from engaging in music from an artistic perspective, rather than a commercial one. Making music specifically to please fans can be patronising and exploitative.”

Cave added: “Challenging music, by its very nature, alienates some fans whilst inspiring others, but without that dissonance, there is no conversation, there is no risk, there are no tears and there are no smiles, and nobody is moved and nobody is affected!”

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