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The Strokes' Julian Casablancas: 'It’s not the universal duty of artists to take a political stand'

The Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, has been discussing the relationship between music and politics and, more specifically, whether artists have a duty to use their platform to be political.

The Strokes recently performed at a rally for Bernie Sanders before the politician dropped out of the presidential race allowing Joe Biden a clear run at stopping Donald Trump serving another term in the White House. Now, given the change in circumstances, Casablancas is publically supporting Biden now Sanders is out of the running.

Speaking to the New York Post, The Strokes frontman disclosed: “I’m secretly holding out hope that [Biden will] choose Bernie as his running mate,” he said but also stated that it is not the “universal duty” of artists to show a strong political leaning.

He added: “I feel like that would be a good way to guarantee victory in my opinion. But he’ll probably choose a woman.”

Although Casablancas couldn’t be more open about his personal political beliefs, he doesn’t think that artists should be forced to adopt a political stance just because they have a platform but thinks if they truly believe in something then they have every right to be open about it: “I think politics is a different beast,” he explained. “To me, art is an escape [from] the absurdity of life. People are seeking to run away from the negative things and kind of find inspiration.”

He went on to add: “If you feel like you believe in something… to clearly stand for, I think you should have the courage to do [it], whether you’re a musician or not.”